Head: Songs / Ailish Tynan, Catherine Wyn-rogers, Roderick Williams

Release Date: 1/10/2012
Label: Hyperion
Catalog Number: CDA67899
Composer: Michael Head
Number of Discs: 1

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$19.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Who is Michael Head? His name may be largely forgotten but the music here forms part of the rich seam of English song in the manner of Quilter, Gurney and Warlock. Born in 1900, he worked modestly as a singer, pianist, teacher, broadcaster and adjudicator, writing his first song (The ships of Arcady) aged 19, studying at the Royal Academy of Music, where he became a professor of piano aged 27, remaining there for the rest of his career. At the centre of his composing life were songs, which he used to perform as a kind of one-man band, accompanying himself at the piano. Out of more than 100, here's a choice selection: setting poets such as Walter de la Mare, John Masefield and Christina Rossetti, many of them focus on the pleasures of England--its flora and fauna, its changing seasons and lyrical landscapes. They're sung by three of the brightest stars in today's vocal firmament, Ailish Tynan (making her Hyperion debut), Catherine Wyn-Rogers and Roderick Williams, accompanied by Christopher Glynn, who adds Head to his previous recordings of Reger and Brahms.
Works on This Recording
1. Little Road To Bethlehem by Michael Head
Performer: Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946 ; England
2. Songs of the Countryside: no 5, Sweet chance, that led my steps abroad by Michael Head
Performer: Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1928 ; England
3. Songs (3) of Venice by Michael Head
Performer: Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
4. Money, Oh! by Michael Head
Performer: Roderick Williams (Baritone), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
5. More Songs of the Countryside: no 1, Foxgloves by Michael Head
Performer: Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1933 ;
6. As I walked down the road by Michael Head
Performer: Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
7. A piper by Michael Head
Performer: Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923 ;
8. Dear delight by Michael Head
Performer: Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
9. Oh, for a March wind by Michael Head
Performer: Christopher Glynn (Piano), Ailish Tynan (Soprano)
10. Tewkesbury Road by Michael Head
Performer: Roderick Williams (Baritone), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
11. Songs (6) for Voice and Piano: The Estuary by Michael Head
Performer: Roderick Williams (Baritone), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946 ; South Africa
12. Limehouse Reach by Michael Head
Performer: Roderick Williams (Baritone), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
13. Over the rim of the moon by Michael Head
Performer: Christopher Glynn (Piano), Ailish Tynan (Soprano)
14. October Valley by Michael Head
Performer: Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
15. More Songs of the Countryside: no 2, The Garden Seat by Michael Head
Performer: Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932 ;
16. Poems (6) of Ruth Pitter: no 2, The Viper by Michael Head
Performer: Roderick Williams (Baritone), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944-1945 ;
17. Had I a golden pound by Michael Head
Performer: Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1962 ;
18. Lean out of the window by Michael Head
Performer: Roderick Williams (Baritone), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1961 ;
19. A Green Cornfield by Michael Head
Performer: Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923 ;
20. Love's Lament by Michael Head
Performer: Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1918 ;
21. Star Candles by Michael Head
Performer: Ailish Tynan (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ;
22. My sword for the King by Michael Head
Performer: Roderick Williams (Baritone), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930 ;
23. You cannot dream things lovelier by Michael Head
Performer: Roderick Williams (Baritone), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ;
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