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Coates: Songs / Edgar-Wilson, Asti, Ponder


Release Date: 01/18/1996 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 223806   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Eric Coates
Performer:  Richard Edgar-WilsonEugene AstiMichael Ponder
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

An utterly diverting collection of songs - Richard Edgar-Wilson has a delightfully natural and expressive voice, while Eugene Asti clearly revels in Coates's luxurious accompaniments.

The words 'Volume 2' do not appear; but this is very much a sequel to the existing ASV collection of Coates songs performed by Brian Rayner Cook and Raphael Terroni (nla). The performers and label may be different, but the recording location and producer are the same. Most particularly, there is no overlap of programmatic content.

Uncommonly for a sequel, this second collection seems to me to be every bit the equal of its predecessor in both content and performance. Richard Edgar-Wilson has a delightfully natural,
Read more free-ranging and expressive tenor voice, his words coming through with complete clarity, while Eugene Asti clearly revels in Coates's luxurious accompaniments. Such, moreover, is the consistency of Coates's inspiration and musicianship that, though his best-known songs are all in the ASV collection, I don't find the selection herein any way less enjoyable. At the most obviously popular end of the spectrum The grenadier has one of those rousing Fred Weatherly lyrics after the fashion of Stonecracker John, while at the more ambitious end are some delightfully fresh Shakespeare settings, as well as the short song-cycle The mill o'dreams. The songs Because I miss you so, The fairy tales of Ireland and Music of the night strike me as particularly lovely compositions, and by way of variety the collection also includes a piece for viola and piano that Coates composed for his teacher Lionel Tertis. This gives producer Michael Ponder a chance to step into the limelight, which he richly deserves for this utterly diverting collection.

-- Gramophone [4/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1. Tell Me Where Is Fancy Bred by Eric Coates
Performer:  Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. Rise Up and Reach the Stars by Eric Coates
Performer:  Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
3. At Vesper Bell by Eric Coates
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
4. The Little Green Balcony by Eric Coates
Performer:  Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
5. When I Am Dead by Eric Coates
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
6. The Grenadier by Eric Coates
Performer:  Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 
7. Old English Songs (4) by Eric Coates
Performer:  Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 
8. Ship of Dream by Eric Coates
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
9. The Outlaw's Song by Eric Coates
Performer:  Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 
10. The Young Lover by Eric Coates
Performer:  Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
11. Sigh No More, Ladies by Eric Coates
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
12. First Meeting by Eric Coates
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Michael Ponder (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
13. The Mill o' Dreams by Eric Coates
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
14. Your Name by Eric Coates
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
15. Beautiful Lady Moon by Eric Coates
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
16. Music of the Night by Eric Coates
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
17. Betty and Johnny by Eric Coates
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: English 
18. Because I Miss You So by Eric Coates
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
19. The Fairy Tales of Ireland by Eric Coates
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
20. Princess of the Dawn by Eric Coates
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  St Silas' Church, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Rise up and Reach the Stars: Rise Up And Reach The Stars
At Vesper Bell
The Young Lover
The Grenadier
4 Old English Songs: Orpheus With His Lute
4 Old English Songs: Under The Greenwood Tree
4 Old English Songs: Who Is Sylvia?
4 Old English Songs: It Was A Lover And His Lass
Because I miss you so: Because I Miss You So
Sigh no more, ladies: Sigh No More, Ladies
Tell me where is Fancy Bred: Tell Me Where Is Fancy Bred
First Meeting, souvenir: First Meeting: Souvenir For Viola And Piano
The Fairy Tales of Ireland: The Fairy Tales Of Ireland
Music of the Night: Music Of The Night
Betty and Johnny: Betty And Johnny
The Mill o' Dreams: Back O' The Moon (Prelude)
The Mill o' Dreams: Dream O' Nights
The Mill o' Dreams: The Man In The Moon
The Mill o' Dreams: Bluebells
When I am Dead: When I Am Dead
The Little Green Balcony
Ship of Dream: Ship Of Dream
The Outlaw's Song
Your Name
Beautiful Lady Moon
Princess of the Dawn: Princess Of The Dawn

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