• SOMM131 Katalognummer
  • 748871013124 EAN
  • CD Format
  • 2013 Utgivelsesår


Silver, Sally (soprano)

Bonynge, Richard (piano)

Wallace, William Vincent



Wallace, William Vincent:

Why do I weep for thee?
Bird of the wild wing
Through the pathless forest drear
Orange flowers
Softly, ye night winds
Happy birdling of the forest
The gipsy maid
Seabirds wing their way
Over the silvery lake
It is the happy summer time
Wild flowers
Go! Thou restless wind
Cradle song
The star of love
The spring and summer both are past
The winds that waft my sighs to thee
Good night and pleasant dreams
Old friends and other days
The leaves are turning red


We agree with conductor and pianist Richard Bonynge that the songs written by the Irish composer William Vincent Wallace have remained unknown far too long.

The conductor writes as follows:- “My love affair with Wallace began when I recorded his beautiful opera Lurline and that led me to investigate the songs. Wallace was a superb melodist and wrote for some of the great singers of his day (1830s) Jenny Lind and Catherine Hayes among others. I find it a shame that so much of this music is now forgotten. Many of these songs can well form part of the 21st century recital repertoire."

Sally Silver’s collaboration with Bonynge began when she recorded the title role in Wallace’s opera Lurline. She has triumphed in several roles both with Scottish Opera and with ENO, including Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek at the Buxton, Cheltenham and Edinburgh Festivals and Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face.

“Silver would not sound out of place in the (large) drawing rooms for which these songs were intended. This is a compliment, as too conventionally operatic a manner would be likely to overwhelm the character of these essentially modest songs....[piano parts] are played with great aplomb by Richard Bonynge” MusicWeb


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