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The British Music Collection - Warlock: Capriol Suite, Songs


Release Date: 03/09/2004 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 470199   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman BaileyGeoffrey Parsons
Conductor:  Sir Neville MarrinerDavid Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsWinchester Cathedral Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Warlockians will not want to miss this collection which is made de rigueur by the 26 songs sung masterfully by Norman Bailey.

Although I had some doubts about the stiff-legged and ever so deliberate Basse-Danse in Marriner's Capriol, his Pieds-en-l'air with its airy delight is amongst the best I have heard. The Serenade has the warp and weft of Delian sweetness and decay on the bough but would have glowed with yet greater radiance had it been given with a larger body of strings as in Silvestri's 1960s EMI version with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The David Hill Lullaby is recorded too closely for its own good - too much reality and at too close proximity for the work's mystery to survive. This is the only failure
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The rest of the disc is a track by track master copy of a 1970s LP of Warlock songs. Bailey is best known internationally for his Wagnerian exploits - especially his Wotan. Here he essays twenty-six songs from throughout Warlock's maturity - from 1918 onwards. Bailey had, at this time, a steady vocal production undamaged by too much operatic traffic. Though I prefer Ian Partridge's lighter way with Youth (on a long gone Unicorn LP) and Sleep his approach to Warlock is as strong as Luxon's way with Butterworth. Parsons is the soul of both flamboyance and of discretion (as in Come Sleep). These songs range from carousing ballads to medieval religious ecstasy, to romantic allusion, to dissolute monkery (à la Carmina Burana) to Donne-like transcendentalism. Bailey doesn't shrink from white-smock ‘mummerset’ when the score gives some encouragement in this direction as in Roister Doister and also in Twelve Oxen. In the latter Bailey is joined by an anonymous male voice choir who also pop up in Hambledon. He is a sheer delight in Yarmouth Fair with no quaver or shake in his voice. Comparison with the 'classic' Pears recording is much in Bailey's favour. Ha'nacker Mill is done with great feeling and subtle colouration as is the lovely nostalgia of My Own Country - though I still hanker for a recording of this song by John Noble.

I have been listening recently to Marriner's way with Tippett's leading compositions for string orchestra and there too he is absolutely superb.

The booklet has a brief but rather good outline by Kenneth Chalmers - clearly a fixture for this series - but not the texts.

Warlockians will not want to miss this collection which is made de rigueur by the 26 Bailey tracks.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
2.
Serenade for Strings by Peter Warlock
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921-1922; England 
3.
Lullaby my Jesus by Peter Warlock
Conductor:  David Hill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Language: English 
4.
As ever I saw by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; England 
Language: English 
5.
There is a lady sweet and kind by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; England 
Language: English 
6.
Whenas the rye by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; England 
Language: English 
7.
Sigh no more, ladies by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
Language: English 
8.
Sleep by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
Language: English 
9.
Pretty ring time by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
Language: English 
10.
Jillian of Berry by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
Language: English 
11.
The bayley berith the bell away by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; England 
Language: English 
12.
Passing by by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; England 
Language: English 
13.
The frostbound wood by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; England 
Language: English 
14.
Robin Goodfellow by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
Language: English 
15.
Twelve oxen by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
Language: English 
16.
Yarmouth Fair by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
Language: English 
17.
Romance by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; England 
Language: English 
18.
To the Memory of a Great Singer by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; England 
Language: English 
19.
After two years by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; England 
Language: English 
20.
Belloc Songs (3): no 1, Ha'nacker mill by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
Language: English 
21.
Belloc Songs (3): no 3, My own country by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
Language: English 
22.
The Fox by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Norman Bailey (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; England 
Language: English 
23.
Fair and True by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
Language: English 
24.
Peterisms, set 2: no 1, Roister Doister by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
Language: English 
25.
Songs (7) of Summer: Youth by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; England 
Language: English 
26.
Songs (7) of Summer: The Droll Lover by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Language: English 
27.
Birds by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926 
Language: English 
28.
Songs (7) of Summer: Eloré Lo by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Norman Bailey (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; England 
29.
The Criketers of Hambledon by Peter Warlock
Performer:  Norman Bailey (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; England 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Capriol Suite: 1. Basse-danse
Capriol Suite: 2. Pavane
Capriol Suite: 3. Tordion
Capriol Suite: 4. Bransles
Capriol Suite: 5. Pied-en- l'air
Capriol Suite: 6. Mattachins (Sword Dance)
Serenade for strings
Lullaby my Jesus
Youth
As Ever I Saw
There Is A Lady Sweet And Kind
When As The Rye Reach To The Chin
Sigh No More, Ladies
Sleep
Pretty Ring-Time
Jillian Of Berry
The Bayly Berith The Bell Away
Passing By
The Frostbound Wood
Robin Good-Fellow
Twelve Oxen
Yarmouth Fair
Romance
To The Memory Of A Great Singer
After Two Years
The Droll Lover
Ha'nacker Mill
My Own Country
The Birds
Elore Lo
The Fox
Fair And True
Roister Doister
The Cricketers Of Hambledon

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