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Head: Songs / Ailish Tynan, Catherine Wyn-rogers, Roderick Williams

Head / Tynan / Wyn-rogers / Williams / Glynn
Release Date: 01/10/2012 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67899  
Composer:  Michael Head
Performer:  Christopher GlynnCatherine Wyn-RogersAilish TynanRoderick Williams
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Who is Michael Head? His name may be largely forgotten, but Head's compositions form part of the rich fabric of English song in the manner of Quilter, Gurney and Warlock. Born in 1900, he worked modestly as a singer, pianist, teacher, broadcaster and adjudicator - writing his first song ("The ships of Arcady") at age 19 while studying at the Royal Academy of Music. Songs were at the center of Head's composing life. He used to perform them as a kind of one-man band, accompanying himself at the piano. This disc presents a choice selection of his songs, setting poets such as Walter de la Mare, John Masefield and Christina Rossetti, many of them focusing on the many pleasures of England - its flora and fauna, its changing seasons and pastoral Read more landscapes. They're sung by three of the brightest stars in today's vocal firmament - Ailish Tynan (making her Hyperion debut), Catherine Wyn-Rogers and Roderick Williams, accompanied by pianist Christopher Glynn. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Little Road To Bethlehem by Michael Head
Performer:  Christopher Glynn (Piano), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
2.
Songs of the Countryside: no 5, Sweet chance, that led my steps abroad by Michael Head
Performer:  Christopher Glynn (Piano), Ailish Tynan (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; England 
3.
Songs (3) of Venice by Michael Head
Performer:  Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Money, Oh! by Michael Head
Performer:  Roderick Williams (Baritone), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
5.
More Songs of the Countryside: no 1, Foxgloves by Michael Head
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933 
6.
As I walked down the road by Michael Head
Performer:  Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
7.
A piper by Michael Head
Performer:  Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923 
8.
Dear delight by Michael Head
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
9.
Oh, for a March wind by Michael Head
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
10.
Tewkesbury Road by Michael Head
Performer:  Roderick Williams (Baritone), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
11.
Songs (6) for Voice and Piano: The Estuary by Michael Head
Performer:  Roderick Williams (Baritone), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; South Africa 
12.
Limehouse Reach by Michael Head
Performer:  Roderick Williams (Baritone), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
13.
Over the rim of the moon by Michael Head
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
14.
October Valley by Michael Head
Performer:  Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
15.
More Songs of the Countryside: no 2, The Garden Seat by Michael Head
Performer:  Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932 
16.
Poems (6) of Ruth Pitter: no 2, The Viper by Michael Head
Performer:  Roderick Williams (Baritone), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945 
17.
Had I a golden pound by Michael Head
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962 
18.
Lean out of the window by Michael Head
Performer:  Roderick Williams (Baritone), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961 
19.
A Green Cornfield by Michael Head
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923 
20.
Love's Lament by Michael Head
Performer:  Christopher Glynn (Piano), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918 
21.
Star Candles by Michael Head
Performer:  Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942 
22.
My sword for the King by Michael Head
Performer:  Roderick Williams (Baritone), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930 
23.
You cannot dream things lovelier by Michael Head
Performer:  Roderick Williams (Baritone), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936 

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