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The Complete Quilter Songbook, Vol. 1

Quilter / Stone / Barlow
Release Date: 06/11/2013 
Label:  Stone Records   Catalog #: 8025   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Roger Quilter
Performer:  Mark StoneStephen Barlow
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



QUILTER Four Shakespeare Songs, op. 30. Two Songs, op. 20. A London Spring Song. Three Shakespeare Songs, op. 6. Trollie Lollie Laughter. Songs of Sorrow, op. 10. Good Morrow, ‘tis Saint Valentine’s Day. Hark, Hark, the Lark. Come Lady-Day. Come unto these yellow sands. Tell me, where is fancy bred? Three Pastoral Songs, op. 22. Non nobis, Domine. Two Shakespeare Read more Songs, op. 32. A Song at Parting. Four Child Songs, op. 5. Five Shakespeare Songs, op. 23 Mark Stone (bar); Stephen Barlow (pn) STONE 92780253 (75:43 Text and Translation)


After having given us earlier valuable discs of songs by Butterworth and Delius, Mark Stone has produced another important recording of British songs, this time by Roger Quilter. I am only aware of only two previous all-Quilter discs, both quite good. A Chandos collection with Benjamin Luxon (8782) and a Naxos disc with songs divided between Anthony Rolfe Johnson and Lisa Milne (8.557116). Stone, however, is the first to provide completeness—assuming that this first volume is followed up.


Although Stone doesn’t have quite the coloristic variety of tone available to Luxon, he is still a very fine singer for this material. His lyric baritone has warmth, and he is quite effective at conveying words and meaning as well as phrasing with sensitivity. If you have either or both of the discs I mentioned, and feel that you have all the Quilter you need, this may be superfluous. But if you don’t have those and you are a collector of vocal music—particularly English vocal music—this is definitely worth acquiring. Also, if either of those earlier discs turned you into a serious Quilter fan, here is a very good way of expanding your collection.


Roger Quilter (1877-1953) was a prolific composer of songs, and little else. His songs are gentle, lyrical, and frequently inspired. If one were to search for a single word to describe his output, it would probably be “charming.” The piano accompaniments are relatively straightforward, simple but not simplistic. He clearly understood and loved the singing voice, and focused on that for most of his life. There is enough melodic inspiration and variety here to sustain interest throughout the 75 minute length, and to make one happily anticipate the next volume. The majority of these songs are original, but a few are setting of traditional tunes.


Stephen Barlow is an alert, colorful collaborator at the piano, and the natural recorded sound is perfectly balanced between voice and keyboard. Stone provides excellent notes about the young Quilter (presumably subsequent volumes will focus on his later years) along with specific notes about each song or group of songs along with complete texts. This is a model of how to produce a disc of this nature.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (2), Op. 32 by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Mark Stone (Baritone), Stephen Barlow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
2.
Shakespeare Songs (5), Op. 23 by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Mark Stone (Baritone), Stephen Barlow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919-1921; England 
3.
Shakespeare Songs (4), Op. 30 by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Mark Stone (Baritone), Stephen Barlow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; England 
4.
Pastoral Songs (3), Op. 22 by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Mark Stone (Baritone), Stephen Barlow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; England 
5.
Non nobis, Domine by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Mark Stone (Baritone), Stephen Barlow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1934; England 
6.
Good Morrow, 'tis Saint Valentine’s Day by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Mark Stone (Baritone), Stephen Barlow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; England 
7.
Come Lady-Day by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Mark Stone (Baritone), Stephen Barlow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1953; England 
8.
Songs (4) of Sorrow, Op. 10 by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Mark Stone (Baritone), Stephen Barlow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; England 
9.
Child Songs (4), Op. 5 by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Mark Stone (Baritone), Stephen Barlow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; England 
10.
Shakespeare Songs (3), Op. 6 by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Mark Stone (Baritone), Stephen Barlow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; England 
11.
Trollie Lollie Laughter by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Mark Stone (Baritone), Stephen Barlow (Piano)
12.
Hark! Hark! the lark by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Mark Stone (Baritone), Stephen Barlow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
13.
Come unto these yellow sands by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Mark Stone (Baritone), Stephen Barlow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
14.
Tell me, where is fancy bred? by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Mark Stone (Baritone), Stephen Barlow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 

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