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Benjamin & Bainton: Songs / Bickley, Gillett, Hiscocks


Release Date: 11/10/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8571377  
Composer:  Arthur BenjaminEdgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy HiscocksSusan BickleyChristopher Gillett
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This British Music Society recording features several world premiere recordings by two composers whose vocal music is a relative rarity on disc. Benjamin’s is imbued with a sense of refinement and impeccable craftsmanship, as well as the rhythmic vitality and color expected from a virtuoso pianist. Bainton’s hallmarks also include sensitive and harmonically imaginative piano writing, his devotion to poetry resulting in settings with an outstanding artistic instinct for beauty. The English mezzo-soprano, Susan Bickley, studied music at the City University, London and at the Guildhall School where she won the Gold Medal for singers. This British Music Society recording features several world premiere recordings by two composers whose vocal music is a relative rarity on disc. Benjamin’s is imbued with a sense of refinement and impeccable craftsmanship, as well as the rhythmic vitality and color expected from a virtuoso pianist. Bainton’s hallmarks also include sensitive and harmonically imaginative piano writing, his devotion to poetry resulting in settings with an outstanding artistic instinct for beauty. The English mezzo-soprano, Susan Bickley, studied music at the City University, London and at the Guildhall School where she won the Gold Medal for singers. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Piper by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
2.
Man and Woman by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
3.
To Phyllis, Milking Her Flock by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
4.
Diaphenia by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
5.
Hey Nonny No! by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
6.
Greek Poems (3) by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
7.
Impressions (3) by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
8.
The Mouse by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
9.
The Moon by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
10.
Wind's Work by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
11.
Shepherd's Holiday by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
12.
Before Dawn by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
13.
The Song of the Banana Carriers by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
14.
Jan, a Creole Melody by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
15.
Linstead Market by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
16.
Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
17.
The Joyous Wanderer by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
18.
Gifts by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
19.
The Little Waves of Breffny by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
20.
Shooting Star by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
21.
Strings in the Earth by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
22.
Songs of the Night and Morning, Op. 31: No. 4, Dawn by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
23.
Laughing Rose by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
24.
Roseen-Dhu by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
25.
A Nosegay by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
26.
Young Love Lies Dreaming by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
27.
To the Children by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
28.
Lullaby by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
29.
Frolic by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
30.
A Christmas Carol by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
31.
Love On My Heart From Heaven Fell by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
32.
Songs of Night and Morning, Op. 31: No. 1, Sanctuaries by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
33.
A Cradle Song by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
34.
They Went Forth by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
35.
Twilight by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
36.
A Casualty by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
37.
The Triumph of Maeve by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 
38.
The Twilight People by Edgar Bainton
Performer:  Wendy Hiscocks (Piano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Australia 

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