• ELQ4824765 Katalognummer
  • 028948247653 EAN
  • CD Format

Cantelo, April

Leppard, Raymond

Arne, Thomas | Chilcot, Thomas | Greene, Maurice | Haydn, Joseph | Hook, James | Linley the younger, Thomas | Linley, William | Smith, John Christopher

English Chamber Orchestra



Eighteenth-Century Shakespearean Songs:

Arne, Thomas:
Come away, death;
Blow, blow thou winter wind;
Under the Greenwood Tree;
Thou soft-flowing Avon from 'Garrick's Ode';

Chilcot, Thomas: Hark, hark the lark;
Greene, Maurice: Orpheus with his lute;
Haydn, Joseph: She Never Told Her Love, Hob. XXVIa:34;
Hook, James: The Willow Song (from Othello);
Linley the younger, Thomas: O bid your faithful Ariel Fly (from The Tempest);
Linley, William: Now the Hungry Lion Roars (from A Midsummer Night's Dream);

Smith, John Christopher:
Flower of this Purple Dye (from A Midsummer Night's Dream);
Sigh no more, ladies (from Much Ado About Nothing);
You spotted snakes;

Weldon, John: Take, O take those lips away;



The present disc offers a selection of the settings for solo voice, with accompaniments ranging from simple figured basses to full string orchestras with an obbligato flute. It even includes one or two items in which the words were not by Shakespeare at all, but which were either introduced into Shakespearean productions, or were written in his honour, like Arne’s evocative Thou soft-flowing Avon. Like most of the English music of that tuneful era, these songs are something of a revelation for their melodic charm – the English, then as now, loved a tune, and their composers certainly knew how to supply them with plenty of good tunes. Originally released on L’Oiseau-Lyre, this is the recording’s first release on CD. - ‘To hear [these songs] sung by April Cantelo is to hear them at their best’ Gramophone, November 1961


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