E.J. MOERAN (1894-1950): Complete Solo Songs - Spring goeth all in white, When June is come, Mantle of Blue, Twilight, Ludlow Town, 2 Songs, In Youth is Pleasure, The Merry Month of May, A Dream of Death, Come Away, Death, Troll the Bowl, Can't You Dance the Polka!, Mrs Dyer, the Baby Farmer, Maltworms, 7 Poems by James Joyce, When I came last to Ludlow, 'Tis time, I think, by Wenlock town, Far in a western brookland, Loveliest of trees, Oh fair enough are sky and plain (3 versions), Weep you no more, The Sweet o' the Year, The Day of Palms, Blue-eyed Spring, Rosefrail, Tilly, Rahoon, 4 English Lyrics, 4 Shakespeare Songs, Diaphenia, Rosaline, The Monk's Fancy, Invitation in Autumn, If There Be Any Gods, 6 Poems of Seumas O'Sullivan.
Catalogue Number: 06L089
Description: Moeran's songs have been oddly neglected by record labels, so this complete recording at mid-price is doubly attractive. About twice as many of these 57 songs set poets still living in Moeran's time or just recently deceased; the rest are 16th and 17th century texts with one sea shanty and one anonymous Victorian crime ballad. The Guardian sums up perfectly in its May 23 review: "His love of folk song and his natural lyricism produced song settings of wistful poignancy, especially the Ludlow Town poems of A.E. Housman. This welcome, complete Chandos collection conjures a pastoral, mystical England (and Ireland, too; Moeran was famous for propping up the bars in Kenmare)". 2 CDs for the price of 1. Texts included. Geraldine McGreevy (soprano), Adrian Thompson (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone), John Talbot (piano).