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SOMM Recordings announces the third and final volume of the enthusiastically received One Hundred Years of British Song, with tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Nathan Williamson. Focusing on songs written since 1950, Volume 3 celebrates what Williamson's booklet note describes as "astonishment at the depth of expressivity of the poetry and music". Receiving first recordings are John Woolrich's settings of Irish poet Matthew Sweeney, The Unlit Suburbs, a deadpan yet evocative exercise in "alternative realism", and Geoffrey Poole's stylistically wide-ranging The Eye of the Blackbird, with texts from Virginia Woolf, traditional Nigerian poems, Wallace Stevens, the Tibetan Book of the Dead and Requiem Mass. Also on album for the first time are Williamson's own song-cycle setting poems by Bryan Heiser composed especially for James Gilchrist, The Little That Was Once a Man, and solo-piano miniature, Intermezzo. Peter Dickinson's early, accomplished Four W.H. Auden Songs and dramatic and intense yet positive and joyful Let the Florid Music Praise, and Madeleine Dring's characterful Five Betjeman Songs, the product of a "fascinating and multi-faceted artistic personality", complete the release.
SOMM Recordings announces the third and final volume of the enthusiastically received One Hundred Years of British Song, with tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Nathan Williamson. Focusing on songs written since 1950, Volume 3 celebrates what Williamson's booklet note describes as "astonishment at the depth of expressivity of the poetry and music". Receiving first recordings are John Woolrich's settings of Irish poet Matthew Sweeney, The Unlit Suburbs, a deadpan yet evocative exercise in "alternative realism", and Geoffrey Poole's stylistically wide-ranging The Eye of the Blackbird, with texts from Virginia Woolf, traditional Nigerian poems, Wallace Stevens, the Tibetan Book of the Dead and Requiem Mass. Also on album for the first time are Williamson's own song-cycle setting poems by Bryan Heiser composed especially for James Gilchrist, The Little That Was Once a Man, and solo-piano miniature, Intermezzo. Peter Dickinson's early, accomplished Four W.H. Auden Songs and dramatic and intense yet positive and joyful Let the Florid Music Praise, and Madeleine Dring's characterful Five Betjeman Songs, the product of a "fascinating and multi-faceted artistic personality", complete the release.
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One Hundred Years 3
Artist: James Gilchrist
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1. Let The Florid Music Praise (Version For Tenor & Piano)
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2. 4 W.H. Auden Songs: No. 1, Look, Stranger
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3. 4 W.H. Auden Songs: No. 2, Eyes Look Into The Well
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4. 4 W.H. Auden Songs: No. 3, Carry Her Over The Water
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5. 4 W.H. Auden Songs: No. 4, What's In Your Mind?
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6. 5 Betjeman Songs: No. 1, A Bay In Anglesey
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7. 5 Betjeman Songs: No. 2, Song Of A Nightclub Proprietress
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8. 5 Betjeman Songs: No. 3, Business Girls
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9. 5 Betjeman Songs: No. 4, Undenominational
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10. 5 Betjeman Songs: No. 5, Upper Lambourne
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11. The Little That Was Once A Man: No. 1, In Someone Else's Poem
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12. The Little That Was Once A Man: No. 2, 4am
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13. The Little That Was Once A Man: No. 3, Not Being The Ordinary Way
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14. The Little That Was Once A Man: No. 4, Not Being Misunderstanding
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15. The Little That Was Once A Man: No. 5, Moon At Rest
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16. The Unlit Suburbs: No. 1, The Submerged Bar
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17. The Unlit Suburbs: No. 2, Rat Town
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18. The Unlit Suburbs: No. 3, The Ghost Choir
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19. Intermezzo
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20. The Eye Of The Blackbird: No. 1, Twenty Snowy Mountains
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21. The Eye Of The Blackbird: No. 2, The Autumn Wind
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22. The Eye Of The Blackbird: No. 3, I Was Of Three Minds
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23. The Eye Of The Blackbird: No. 4, Which To Prefer
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24. The Eye Of The Blackbird: No. 5, Icicles
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25. The Eye Of The Blackbird: No. 6, I Know Noble Accents
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26. The Eye Of The Blackbird: No. 7, Out Of Sight
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27. The Eye Of The Blackbird: No. 8, He Rode Over Connecticut
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28. The Eye Of The Blackbird: No. 9, Evening All Afternoon
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SOMM Recordings announces the third and final volume of the enthusiastically received One Hundred Years of British Song, with tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Nathan Williamson. Focusing on songs written since 1950, Volume 3 celebrates what Williamson's booklet note describes as "astonishment at the depth of expressivity of the poetry and music". Receiving first recordings are John Woolrich's settings of Irish poet Matthew Sweeney, The Unlit Suburbs, a deadpan yet evocative exercise in "alternative realism", and Geoffrey Poole's stylistically wide-ranging The Eye of the Blackbird, with texts from Virginia Woolf, traditional Nigerian poems, Wallace Stevens, the Tibetan Book of the Dead and Requiem Mass. Also on album for the first time are Williamson's own song-cycle setting poems by Bryan Heiser composed especially for James Gilchrist, The Little That Was Once a Man, and solo-piano miniature, Intermezzo. Peter Dickinson's early, accomplished Four W.H. Auden Songs and dramatic and intense yet positive and joyful Let the Florid Music Praise, and Madeleine Dring's characterful Five Betjeman Songs, the product of a "fascinating and multi-faceted artistic personality", complete the release.

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