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English Song Series 10 - Britten: Folk Song Arrangements


Release Date: 03/22/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557220-21   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Felicity LottPhilip LangridgeGraham JohnsonCarlos Bonell
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For the complete folk-song arrangements, this is the only game in town, so it’s enough to note the much-reduced price of the reissue from Collins, the clear notes and texts, fine sound, good singing, and masterful accompanying. The piano figurations are like Schubert in scope: memorable, apparently simple, endlessly varied, and reason enough to buy and study the pair of discs. I was young and foolish when I first heard Pears and Britten do a couple of these: Early one Morning and Down by the Salley Gardens. Young as I was, they left me full of tears, an early sign for me that though man had just landed on the moon, the real magic was all made closer to home. No one would listen to these 51 settings straight through, and the six books make Read more interesting minicycles, interspersed with the posthumous publications. Bonell makes a case for the guitar-accompanied Sixth Book being the most musically satisfying of the lot.

Problems? Well, do you really like folk songs sung with high artistry, by classically trained voices? It can still sound odd. It would be good to hear June Tabor, or Polly Bolton from Shropshire try some of these, still keeping the Britten accompaniments. But if you like Britten at all, you need this inexpensive two-fer on the shelf.

Paul Ingram, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Folksong Arrangement(s) by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Felicity Lott (Soprano), Philip Langridge (Tenor), Graham Johnson (Piano),
Carlos Bonell (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 

Sound Samples

Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 1, "British Isles": The Salley Gardens
Little Sir William
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 1, "British Isles": The Bonney Earl o' Moray
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 1, "British Isles": O can ye sew cushions?
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 1, "British Isles": The trees they grow so high
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 1, "British Isles": The Ash Grove
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 1, "British Isles": Oliver Cromwell
Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements: Greensleeves
Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements: I wonder as I wander
Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements: The Crocodile
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles": The Plough Boy
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles": There's none to soothe
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles": Sweet Polly Oliver
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles": The Miller of Dee
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles": The foggy, foggy dew
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles": O Waly, Waly
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles": Come you not from Newcastle?
Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements: Pray Goody
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 5, "British Isles": The Brisk Young Widow
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 5, "British Isles": Salley in our Alley
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 5, "British Isles": The Lincolnshire Poacher
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 5, "British Isles": Early one morning
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 5, "British Isles": Ca' the yowes
Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements: The Holly and the Ivy
Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements: Soldier, won't you marry me?
Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements: The Deaf Woman's Courtship
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 4: Avenging and bright
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 4: Sail on, sail on
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 4: How sweet the answer
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 4: The Minstrel Boy
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 4: At the mid hour of night
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 4: Rich and rare
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 4: Dear Harp of my Country!
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 4: Oft in the stilly night
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 4: The last rose of summer
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 4: O the sight entrancing
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 2, "France": La Noel passe
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 2, "France": Voici le Printemps
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 2, "France": Fileuse
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 2, "France": Le roi s'en va-t' en chasse
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 2, "France": Le belle est au jardin d'amour
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 2, "France": Il est quelqu' un sur terre
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 2, "France": Eho! Eho!
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 2, "France": Quand j'etais chez mon pere
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 6, "England": I will give my love an apple
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 6, "England": Sailor-boy
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 6, "England": Master Kilby
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 6, "England": The Soldier and the Sailor
8 Folk Song Arrangements: Bonny at Morn
Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 6, "England": The Shooting of his Dear
Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements: The Stream in the Valley
Unidentified folk song setting

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