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Encore - Lloyd Webber - Unexpected Songs


Release Date: 07/18/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 59488   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard M. ShermanTraditionalAstor PiazzollaMichael Balfe,   ... 
Performer:  Catrin FinchJulian Lloyd WebberPamela ChowhanSteafan Hannigan,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

I normally don’t get too excited about recitals such as this one, but Unexpected Songs appealed to me because much of the repertoire is so, well—unexpected. Yes, we’re given the obligatory Fauré Sicilienne (arranged by the composer himself), and Schubert’s Ständchen, and Chopin’s E-Minor Prelude, but we’re also given arrangements of songs I associate with singers from a bygone era—people such as Jan Peerce, Richard Tauber, and Dame Clara Butt. Indeed, one rarely hears Rasbach’s Trees (“I think that I shall never see/a poem as lovely as a tree”) or Amy Woodforde-Finden’s Kashmiri Love Song without also hearing the hiss and crackle of a 78-rpm record in the background. Arranging Elgar’s “In Capri” (from Sea Pictures) also was an Read more interesting idea, as was an arrangement of “In trutina” from Orff’s inescapable Carmina burana. Both work well in this guise. If the names Caractacus Potts and Truly Scrumptious mean anything to you, then you’ll know I am alluding to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the movie musical from the 1960s. “Hushabye Mountain,” one of the loveliest songs from the Richard Sherman’s score, works just splendidly as a duet for cello and harp. So does “I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls,” from Michael Balfe’s The Bohemian Girl. When was the last time you heard that, outside of your grandmum’s house? Perhaps to remind us that he is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s brother, the cellist has ended the CD with one of ALW’s very best songs—not “Memory” from Cats, but the eponymous “Unexpected Song” from Song & Dance. Here the cellist is joined by Michael Ball, who sings the song with unexpected restraint. A quiet bravo!

With Unexpected Songs, Julian Lloyd Webber has created a fine cello CD for late-night listening. There’s no grandstanding, and no emotional excess to disturb the quietly wistful mood throughout. It’s as if a lover were gently murmuring in your ear. I also like the subtle contribution of Steáfán Hannigan’s uilleann pipes in numbers, such as the opening Star of the County Down/Lady D’Arbanville, and his whistling (!) in The Lea Rig. A little folkishness can go a long way, and I am glad that someone had the good sense to stop applying the “local color” long before it turned into a cliché. As a result, Unexpected Songs, while not just unexpected, is also tasteful.

This CD won’t rock anyone’s world, but in a stressful world filled with the bland and the obvious, Unexpected Songs is packed with quietly savory surprises.

FANFARE: Raymond Tuttle
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Works on This Recording

1.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Hushabye Mountain by Richard M. Sherman
Performer:  Catrin Finch (Harp), Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Star of the County Down by Traditional
Performer:  Pamela Chowhan (Keyboard), Steafan Hannigan (Uilleann Pipe), Pete Lockett (Percussion),
Catrin Finch (Harp), Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Pamela Chowhan (Piano)
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Pamela Chowhan. 
3.
Enrico IV: Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano), Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; Argentina 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Lenehan. 
4.
Bohemian Girl: I dreamt I dwelt in marbled halls by Michael Balfe
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Catrin Finch (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Ireland 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 4 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano), Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
6.
Sea Pictures, Op. 37: no 2, In Haven by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), John Lenehan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1899; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
7.
Sadko: no 4, Song of the Indian Guest by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Catrin Finch (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
8.
Trees by Oscar Rasbach
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), John Lenehan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1931 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
9.
Chansons grises (7): no 5, L'heure exquise by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano), Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1893; France 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
10.
Indian Love Lyrics (4): no 1, Kashmiri Song "Less than dust" by Amy Woodforde Finden
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano), Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1902; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
11.
Songbird by Nitin Sawhney
Performer:  Pete Lockett (Percussion), Steafan Hannigan (Flute), Catrin Finch (Harp),
Pamela Chowhan (Keyboard), Pamela Chowhan (Piano), Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
12.
Sicilienne for Cello and Piano, Op. 78 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano), Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
13.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 5, Music, when Soft Voices Die by Roger Quilter
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano), Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
14.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 4, Ständchen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano), Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
15.
The lea rig by Traditional
Performer:  Pete Lockett (Percussion), Pamela Chowhan (Keyboard), Steafan Hannigan (Whistle),
Catrin Finch (Harp), Pamela Chowhan (Piano), Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Scotland 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Pamela Chowhan. 
16.
African Crib Carol by Traditional
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano), Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Written: Africa 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Pamela Chowhan. 
17.
Carmina burana: no 21, In trutina by Carl Orff
Performer:  John Lenehan (Piano), Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
18.
Braveheart: Gift of a Thistle by James Horner
Performer:  Pamela Chowhan (Piano), Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), Steafan Hannigan (Uilleann Pipe),
Catrin Finch (Harp), Pamela Chowhan (Keyboard)
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Pamela Chowhan. 
19.
Woodland Sketches, Op. 51: no 1, To a Wild Rose by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  Pamela Chowhan (Keyboard), Catrin Finch (Harp), Steafan Hannigan (Uilleann Pipe),
Pamela Chowhan (Piano), Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
20.
Variations for Cello: no 5, Unexpected Song by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello), John Lenehan (Piano), Michael Ball (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Star of County Down/Lady D'Arbanville
Oblivion
Marble Halls
Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4
Sea Pictures Op. 37: In Haven (Capri)
Sadko: Chant Hindou
Trees
L' Heure Exquise
Kashmiri Love Song
Koyal
Sicilienne Op. 78
Hushabye Mountain
Music When Soft Voices Die
Serenade
The Lea Rig
African Crib Carol
Carmina Burana, III - Cours d'amours: In trutina
A Gift of a Thistle (from Braveheart)
To a wild rose
Unexpected Song

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