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Songs Of Muriel Herbert / Tynan, Gilchrist, Norris

Gilchrist / Tynan / Herbert
Release Date: 05/01/2009 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 335  
Composer:  Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish TynanJames GilchristDavid Owen Norris
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



M. HERBERT Songs Ailish Tynan (sop); 1 James Gilchrest (ten); 2 David Owen Morris (pn) LINN 335 (63:25 Text and Translation)


Loveliest of Trees. 2 I Cannot Lose Thee for a Day. 2 The Crimson Rose. Read more class="SUPER12">2 I Hear an Army Charging. 2 Jour des morts. 1 She Weeps over Rahoon. 1 On a Time. 2 Have You Seen But a White Lily Grow? 2 I Dare Not Ask a Kiss. 2 Horsemen. 2 To Daffodils. 2 How Beautiful Is Night. 2 Renouncement. 1 I Think on Thee in the Night. 1 Faint Heart in a Railway Train. 2 Rose Kissed Me Today. 2 Lean Out of the Window. 2 Love’s Secret. 2 MS. Of Benedictbeuern. 2 Autumn. 2 The Lost Nightingale. 2 Jenny Kiss’d Me. 2 6 Children’s Songs. 1 In the Days of November. 1 The Lake Isle of Innisfree. 2 David’s Lament for Jonathan. 2 Most Holy Night. 2 When Death to Either Shall Come. 2 Cradle Song. 1 Violets. 2 Tewkesbury Road 2


What a lovely discovery! I had never encountered the name Muriel Herbert until receiving this disc, and I’ve been collecting vocal records for 45 years! Herbert (1897–1984) was, on the evidence here, a very strong writer of songs in the English tradition, and anyone who enjoys the songs of Roger Quilter, for example, or Peter Warlock will find these extremely satisfying. Herbert studied with Charles Stanford, and knew Quilter, who helped to get her songs published. She actually fell in love with Quilter, and in her naïveté failed to understand that he was a homosexual. So he backed away from the friendship, which was a deep disappointment to her.


The 36 songs on this disc are impressive for their variety, their emotional range, and their consistent level of inspiration. There are love songs, songs for children, songs of yearning, and songs that celebrate the beauty of nature. I found myself returning to this disc with great pleasure.


In addition to the quality of the songs, much of the pleasure derives from the superb performances. Both singers and the pianist understand this music, and this is clearly a labor of love. There is no sense of sight-reading or surface skimming here. And the two voices are extremely attractive as well. Natural recorded sound, with just the right balance between piano and voice, rounds out the disc, and an added plus are the insightful notes by the composer’s daughter along with complete texts. Bravo to all involved with this project.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Loveliest of trees by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
2.
I cannot lose thee for a day by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
3.
The Crimson Rose by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
4.
I hear an army charging by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
5.
Jour des morts "Cimetičre Montparnasse" by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
6.
She weeps over Rahoon by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
7.
On a time by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
8.
Have you seen but a white lily grow? by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
9.
I dare not ask a kiss by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
10.
Horsemen by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
11.
To Daffodils by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
12.
How beautiful is night by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
13.
Renouncement by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
14.
I think on thee in the night by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
15.
Faint Heart in a Railway Train by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
16.
Rose kissed me today by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
17.
Lean out of the window by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
18.
Love’s Secret by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
19.
MS. of Benedictbeuern "Carmina Burana" by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
20.
Autumn by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
21.
The Lost Nightingale by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
22.
Jenny kiss’d me by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
23.
Children's Songs (6) by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
24.
In the Days of November "Hips and haws" by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
25.
The Lake Isle of Innisfree by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
26.
David’s Lament for Jonathan by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
27.
Most Holy Night by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
28.
When Death to either shall come by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
29.
Cradle Song by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
30.
Violets by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
31.
Tewkesbury Road by Muriel Herbert
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), David Owen Norris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 

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