Vaughan Williams: Ten Blake Songs, On Wenlock Edge; Warlock: The Curlew / Mark Padmore

Release Date: 11/12/2013
Catalog Number: HMU807566
Conductor: Jacqueline Shave
Orchestra/Ensemble: Britten Sinfonia Members
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Fresh from his triumph in the Glyndebourne 'Billy Budd', star tenor Mark Padmore is joined by members of Britten Sinfonia in 3 quintessentially British song-cycles: Ralph Vaughan Williams’ 'On Wenlock Edge', with pianist Huw Watkins; 'Ten Blake Songs' with oboist Nicholas Daniel; and Peter Warlock’s best-known work, 'The Curlew'. 'The End' by Jonathan Dove (a co-commission by Britten Sinfonia and Wigmore Hall) receives its world première recording here. British composer Jonathan Dove (b. 1959) made the following remarks on the genesis of his new work, 'The End' (2012), with support from the 'Tenner for a Tenor' campaign.

"When I heard Mark Strand read his poem ‘The End’ to a small gathering of artists in Italy a few years ago, I was moved – and also felt immediately that it was a poem that could be sung. I hoped that one day I might have the chance to set it to music. I did not know exactly what the music would sound like, but I imagined a solo voice with several instruments. Britten Sinfonia gave me the opportunity to make this wish come true, by inviting me to write something for Mark Padmore to sing, with instrumentation to match Warlock’s 'The Curlew'. String quartet with two solo wind instruments seemed the perfect combination to suggest the gentle rocking motion of the ship slipping into darkness, and perhaps hear birds suspended in flight."
Works on This Recording
1. On Wenlock Edge by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor: Jacqueline Shave
Orchestra/Ensemble: Britten Sinfonia Members
Period: 20th Century
2. Blake Songs (10) for Voice and Oboe by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer: Mark Padmore (Tenor), Nicholas Daniel (Oboe)
Conductor: Jacqueline Shave
Orchestra/Ensemble: Britten Sinfonia Members
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; England
3. The Curlew by Peter Warlock
Performer: Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor: Jacqueline Shave
Orchestra/Ensemble: Britten Sinfonia Members
Period: 20th Century
4. The End by Jonathan Dove
Performer: Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor: Jacqueline Shave
Orchestra/Ensemble: Britten Sinfonia Members
Written: 2012 ;
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