EDWARD ELGAR (1857-1934): The Torch, Op. 60/1, The Wind at Dawn, Pleading, Op. 48/1, Like to the Damask Rose (orch. G. Williams), The Shepherd's Song, Op. 16/1 (orch. Lionel Salter [1914-2000]), Song Cycle, Op. 59, There are Seven that Pull the Thread from Grania and Diarmid, The Sun Goeth Down from The Kingdom, ERIC GRITTON (1889-1981): O Stay, Madonna (orch. Robin Gritton), HUBERT PARRY (1848-1918): Guenever's Soliloquy from Act I, Scene IV of Guenever (orch. Jeremy Dibble), JOHN SANDERS (1933-2003): Evening on Severn from Gloucestershire Visions, JOHN IRELAND (1879-1962): 5 Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, 4 Songs for Soprano and Strings (both orch. Graham Parlett).
Catalogue Number: 09L062
Label: Dutton Epoch
Reference: CDLX 7228
Description: Although not unrecorded, Elgar's orchestral songs are quite rare. They make up 31 minutes of this collection, with the second biggest portion going to Graham Parlett's commission from the John Ireland Trust. He adapts to Ireland's style like he has done to Bax's and the 20 minutes of the composer's songs are gorgeous to hear. A second excerpt from Parry's incompleted opera (the first was on the Dutton Epoch "Sea Fever" release some year or so ago) joins two other first recordings. No texts. Susan Gritton (soprano), BBC Concert Orchestra; Martyn Brabbins.