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More Songs My Father Taught Me / Allen, Martineau


Release Date: 08/12/2003 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67374   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalEric CoatesAlan MurrayGladys Mary Sheldon,   ... 
Performer:  Malcolm MartineauThomas Allen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Most of my comments from my review of this disc's companion (Songs my father taught me--type Q5118 in Search Reviews) still apply, although on this go around baritone Thomas Allen's voice and interpretive stance seem more carefully nuanced and more suited to the intimate nature of the material. Of course, part of this could be due to the fact that these 29 songs are generally less familiar (at least to a North American listener) than those on the first disc, and thus come without the same degree of preconditioned expectations. As before, it's obvious that Allen, with his strong, sturdy, rich baritone, really does love these songs and truly sounds as one with a long and cherished association with them. You can hear the full force of his Read more expressive, heartfelt delivery in songs such as the opening (a cappella) "Water o' Tyne", or in such wonderfully schmaltzy classics as Eric Coates' "I heard you singing" and "Star of God", J.L. Molloy's "Love's Old Sweet Song", and the epitome of sentimentality and a once-ubiquitous wedding favorite, "Because".


Closest to a real art-song is Sullivan's "Orpheus with his Lute", which Allen and his ideally matched piano partner Malcolm Martineau deliver with a lively, lilting, glint-in-the-eye dancing style reminiscent of some of the song performances by Pears and Britten. We also hear "Down by the Salley Gardens"--not Britten's famous arrangement, but a rather more straightforward one that works just fine. Allen ends the recital as he began, with another a cappella song--"She moved thro' the fair", and certainly this singer's fans will sit back satisfied after nearly 80 minutes of well-recorded, sincerely wrought, artfully sung entertainment. The notes, as with the earlier release, are excellent--carefully and authoritatively compiled descriptions of each selection. [8/2/2003]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Water of Tyne by Traditional
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
I Heard you Singing by Eric Coates
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Will you go with me? by Alan Murray
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
A Cradle Song by Gladys Mary Sheldon
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
A Song of Sleep by Lord Henry Somerset
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
The Green Hills o' Somerset by Eric Coates
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Mountain Lovers by William Henry Squire
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Lalla Rookh: I'll sing thee songs of Araby by Frederick Clay
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Mother Machree by Ernest R. Ball
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Ireland 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Roses of Picardy by Haydn Wood
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
There's a long trail by Alonzo "Zo" Elliot
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913-1914; United Kingdom 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
The Old Brigade by Odoardo Barri
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Star of God by Eric Coates
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Friend o' mine by Wilfred Sanderson
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Simon the Cellarer by John Liptrott Hatton
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
Time to go by Wilfred Sanderson
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
Echo by Lord Henry Somerset
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
The Songs of Today by T. C. Sterndale Bennett
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
Songs (7) as Unpretentious as the Wild Rose: Just A-Wearyin' for You by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
20.
Down by the Salley Gardens by Traditional
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
21.
Shakespeare Songs (5): no 1, Orpheus with his Lute by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
22.
Indian Love Lyrics (4): no 1, Kashmiri Song "Less than dust" by Amy Woodforde Finden
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1902; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
23.
In the Gloaming by Annie Fortescue Harrison
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
24.
The Star of the County Down by Traditional
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
25.
A Perfect Day by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: English 
26.
She moved through the fair by Traditional
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
27.
Because by Helen Guy
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
28.
Love's Old Sweet Song by James L. Molloy
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
29.
Maritana: Yes, let me like a soldier fall by William Vincent Wallace
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; London, England 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Champs Hill, West Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 

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