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Remember Your Lovers - Tippett, Etc / Ainsley, Burnside


Release Date: 11/29/2005 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 66   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Michael TippettHenry PurcellBenjamin BrittenPelham Humphrey
Performer:  John Mark AinsleyIain Burnside
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

John Mark Ainsley is a very fine tenor, especially adept and engaging in English song repertoire. His performances here exemplify technical mastery combined with a natural, confident delivery and knowing, consistently musical interpretation. He's a pure pleasure to listen to. Ainsley is partnered most impressively by pianist Iain Burnside, who successfully tackles some formidable piano writing, especially in the original Tippett songs, a challenge that probably is one reason we don't hear those works more often. The other reason we don't encounter Tippett's songs in recital or on recordings is that it's hard to find beauty in them, the vocal writing seeming hard and effortful, its execution accordingly coming across as labored, the melodies Read more (such as they are) meandering. Further, the very busy, relentlessly note-heavy piano accompaniments often overwhelm the vocal line.


Yes, the song cycle The Heart's Assurance and the extended song Boyhood's End are some sort of masterpieces of their genre and style--but that doesn't make them any easier for a listener to love. On the other hand, Tippett's Purcell realizations are paragons of refinement and tasteful compatibility with the songs' melody- and text-centered origins. Ainsley and Burnside really nail these selections, the tenor leaving no doubt that he loves singing this music.


But it's Britten's Canticle I that reminds us just how good a song-writer this composer was--and it's especially obvious (and welcome!) coming in the midst of Tippett's tough, craggy creations. You can hear the superiority of Britten's artistry in Ainsley's delivery, in the greater ease with which words and melody flow, and in the perfectly integrated piano writing. This seven and a half minutes is a highlight of the disc. And another--perhaps surprising in light of the comments above--is the closing set of Songs for Ariel, three truly wonderful, imaginative, and memorable songs Tippett wrote as incidental music for a 1961 production of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Characterful and clever, these final pieces leave you with a smile and a good feeling about the whole production. The sound--engineered by one of the world's best, Mike Hatch--is ideal. [3/28/2006]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The heart's assurance by Michael Tippett
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; England 
2.
If music be the food of love, Z 379 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692-1695; England 
3.
Music by Michael Tippett
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
4.
Oedipus, Z 583: Music for a while by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1692; England 
5.
Boyhood's end by Michael Tippett
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
6.
Sweeter than roses, Z 585 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: By 1696; England 
7.
Now that the sun hath veiled his light, Z 193 "Evening Hymn on a Ground" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1688; England 
8.
Canticle I, Op. 40 "My beloved is mine" by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
9.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: Thrice happy lovers "An Epithalamium" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
10.
Prophetess, Z 627: What shall I do to show? by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690; England 
11.
Mock Marriage, Z 605: 'Twas within a furlong by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
12.
A Hymne to God the father "Wilt thou forgive that sin" by Pelham Humphrey
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1688; England 
13.
Tyrannic Love, Z 613 "Royal Martyr": Ah, how sweet it is to love by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; England 
14.
Indian Queen, Z 630: I attempt from Love's sickness to fly by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
15.
Songs for Ariel by Michael Tippett
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; England 

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