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The English Songbook

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Song Title Artist
Time
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1
6:28
2
3:03
3
2:28
4
2:22
5
3:49
6
1:28
7
3:49
8
2:24
9
0:35
10
3:49
11
4:02
12
2:30
13
4:19
14
2:19
15
2:51
16
3:19
17
1:13
18
2:33
19
2:12
20
3:03
21
2:00
22
3:39
23
2:38
24
2:07


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 1999 EMI Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:09:00
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  • ASIN: B001J79L4E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,191 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Bailey on 9 Oct 2002
Format: Audio CD
Ian Bostridge has one of the most beautiful voices on record, and has shown enormous courage and wisdom in selecting material that will extend and develop his extraodinary gifts. Not all of this material has been a perfect match for his smooth and soaring tenor voice, notably some of Schubert’s more dramatic “lieder”. In contrast, nothing could be more perfectly suited to Bostridge’s gifts than this generous and beautiful collection of traditional English songs by Britten, Finzi, Grainger, Warlock and others.
Bostridge brings more than just a beautiful tone and a subtle musical phrasing to these songs. In contrast with the pure vowel sounds of most continental languages, as Ian says in his sleeve-notes, the complex vowels of “Southern British English” are formidably difficult to render attractively in song. (It’s not just a question of singing them prettily. Think how accurately the pronunciation of a word like “house” or “bath” can betray someone’s geographical and social background – our vowels are a caste-mark as well as a means of communication). But somehow Bostridge himself, in his fruitful partnership with Julius Drake, manages to transcend the divisions and deliver these songs in a way that places no barrier between the listener and the music.
It is impossible in a written review to describe the sense of exhilaration that comes with these lilting pastoral airs and occasional boisterous ditties. They are at one and the same time ancient and modern, embracing at once the mutual cross-fertilisation between classical and “pop” sensibilities that has always underpinned the best of English music. Even the most trivial of these songs (e.g.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb 2002
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I already liked Ian Bostridge, but I thought "English songs" would be rather light and without substance. But I have fallen in love with this CD and never tire of it! I was already an admirer of Vaughan Williams, Britten, Finzi, Warlock and Delius, and I'm glad for this introduction to other composers as well. Also, much beautiful poetry is chosen, from Shakespeare, Yeats, Rossetti, Keats, and others, and each is treated with careful consideration by the composer, *partnering* music with poetry rather than simply enhancing or overshadowing the lyric. Bostridge seems to have the perfect voice for this music, light and charming when appropriate, heart-breaking at other times, always an engaging storyteller. He obviously understands intimately each word and note that he sings. The listener can hear his facial expressions and body language! The English Songbook is a beautiful collection of excellent craftsmanship, and one of the best CDs I have.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jan 2000
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This is a beautiful CD. The songs are excellent throughout. The understanding between Bostridge and Drake is evident. I especially liked the Finzi songs, but was intrigued to hear "The death of Queen Jane", a traditional folk song about Henry VIII and Jane Seymour which was rediscovered in the USA. A very good CD and one that I will return to often.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Nov 1999
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Bostridge, and his talented pianist, Drake, combine to make one of the finest recordings of the century. His singing is always sensitive and passionate and the listener will be amazed at the way that the music adds quite unexpected depths to the lyrics. A fine recording which should appeal to a wide audience. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 22 Aug 2011
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This was another detour for the great Ian Bostridge - as was 'The Noel Coward Songbook' (see my Review for that title) and no mistake, where all the Songs are sung in English. There are some real gems here; particularly Tracks; 'Sleep', 'Silent Noon', 'Come Away, Death' and 'Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal'. But for me, my ultimate favourite is 'Sleep' which is the second Song on the Album. There's just a couple of Songs that seem a bit out of place - but on the whole, this is an excellent and lovely collection!

Highlights are Tracks; 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan 2001
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Ian Bostridge's voice is used to good effect covering this range of songs in English. Fans of his leider works will be thoroughly delighted with the emotion and intonation apparent in these songs. The 'plough song' and 'Linden lea' evoke a pastoral past with such conviction that you'll swear that you can smell the countryside too! Julius Drake plays with his customary precision raising his role above that of 'accompaniment' without ever being intrusive to the words of the songs. If you're not a fan of Bostridge, you will be after this.
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I HAVE SEEN IAN BOSTRIDGE MANY TIMES IN CONCERT .HE IS THE WORLDS TOP SINGER OF BRITTEN.HIS PERFORMANCE IN CURLEW RIVER AND OUR HUNTING FATHERS AT BARBICAN WERE TRUELY MAGICAL.THIS CD FINDS IAN IN TOP NOTCH MODE THE ENGLISH SONGBOOK SUITS HIM AND NOONE IN THE WORLD 2DAY CAN SING IT BETTER 10\10
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