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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Michael Head
  • Audio CD (3 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0065OKZ00
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dear delight
2. Oh, for a March wind
3. Sweet Chance, that led my steps abroad
4. Tewkesbury Road - Roderick Williams/Christopher Glynn
5. The Estuary - Roderick Williams/Christopher Glynn
6. Limehouse Reach - Roderick Williams/Christopher Glynn
7. Over the rim of the moon
8. October Valley
9. The Garden Seat
10. Foxgloves
11. The Viper - Catherine Wyn-Rogers/Christopher Glynn
12. Had I a golden pound - Catherine Wyn-Rogers/Christopher Glynn
13. Lean out of the window
14. A Piper - Roderick Williams/Christopher Glynn
15. A Green Cornfield
16. Loves Lament - Roderick Williams/Christopher Glynn
17. Star Candles - Catherine Wyn-Rogers/Christopher Glynn
18. The little road to Bethlehem
19. Money, O! - Catherine Wyn-Rogers/Christopher Glynn
20. Three Songs of Venice
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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Who is Michael Head? His name may be largely forgotten but the music here forms part of the rich seam of English song in the manner of Quilter, Gurney and Warlock. Born in 1900, he worked modestly as a singer, pianist, teacher, broadcaster and adjudicator, writing his first song (The ships of Arcady) aged 19, studying at the Royal Academy of Music, where he became a professor of piano aged 27, remaining there for the rest of his career. At the centre of his composing life were songs, which he used to perform as a kind of one-man band, accompanying himself at the piano. Out of more than 100, heres a choice selection: setting poets such as Walter de la Mare, John Masefield and Christina Rossetti, many of them focus on the pleasures of Englandits flora and fauna, its changing seasons and lyrical landscapes. Theyre sung by three of the brightest stars in todays vocal firmament, Ailish Tynan (making her Hyperion debut), Catherine Wyn-Rogers and Roderick Williams, accompanied by Christopher Glynn, who adds Head to his previous recordings of Reger and Brahms.

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Head(1900-1976), a long neglected member of the first world war generation of English composers, is coming back in favour and this collection of 27 songs will do his reputation nothing but good. From the wistful charm of nocturne to the Edwardian parlour song idiom of limehouse Reach , Head makes sure England's fields are forever green, even when the sadness: not for him the slightest inelegence. The apportioning of songs to soprano, mezzo and baritone gives the recital an easy pace. Williams flawless diction makes his the pick of the bunch. **** --Financial Times,15/01/12

Really, the enterprise of Hyperion knows no bounds. Here is a disc devoted to songs by Michael Head, who is not likely to be known to many. Singers and pianist perform with conviction and style. If you can, start with Limehouse Reach , which has the charm and simplicity of Vaughan Williams's Linden Lea , and take it from there. --Gramophone,Mar'12

Across much of the 20th century, Michael Head churned out beautifully crafted songs from the diverse texts and in a multitude of styles. The influence of Vaughan Williams and Warlock hangs heavily, but the intricacy of The Estuary, the vitality of My Sword for the King ad the vivid moods of Three Songs of Venice stand out.The rich tones of the vocalists assembled and expertly accompanied by Glynn suit the works ideally. **** EDITOR'S CHOICE --Classical Music,14/01/12

A revelation. Performance**** Recording**** --BBC Music Magazine,Mar'12

Across much of the 20th century, Michael Head churned out beautifully crafted songs from the diverse texts and in a multitude of styles. The influence of Vaughan Williams and Warlock hangs heavily, but the intricacy of The Estuary, the vitality of My Sword for the King ad the vivid moods of Three Songs of Venice stand out.The rich tones of the vocalists assembled and expertly accompanied by Glynn suit the works ideally. **** EDITOR'S CHOICE --Classical Music,14/01/12

Hyperion recalls the appeal of a bygone age in this most enjoyable recital by three outstanding soloists in a well-balanced programme. Allish Tynan, Catherine Wyn-Rogers and Roderick Williams give a sparkling performance to the brilliant accompaniment of pianist Christopher Glynn. --Delius Society Bulletin

Across much of the 20th century, Michael Head churned out beautifully crafted songs from the diverse texts and in a multitude of styles. The influence of Vaughan Williams and Warlock hangs heavily, but the intricacy of The Estuary, the vitality of My Sword for the King ad the vivid moods of Three Songs of Venice stand out.The rich tones of the vocalists assembled and expertly accompanied by Glynn suit the works ideally. **** EDITOR'S CHOICE --Classical Music,14/01/12

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Entartete Musik on 14 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Michael Head is an unaffected composer. Eschewing the harmonic twists of Warlock and, thankfully, Vaughan Williams' modish modality, his songs offer heartfelt utterances from a cluttered century. The great achievement of Hyperion Records new release of 27 of his songs is that they are delivered with untrammelled sincerity. It is a rich and rare disc.

Head will never turns heads. He's a moderate conservative, with a varied taste in poetry and a ballad-like approach to form and sound. While his contemporaries went into the dark recesses of the English psyche, the younger Head preferred a more relaxed and melancholic vein. Roderick Williams is the perfect protagonist for his tales. His fond remembrance in 'Limehouse Reach' and the open appeal of 'Lean out of the window' are a genuine joy to behold.

While Head attempts a more astringent sound world in 'The Viper', it can feel somewhat ersatz when compared with Britten's contemporaneous work. But there's atmosphere aplenty in Catherine Wyn-Rogers' Three Songs of Venice. Her and Williams' ease of communication matches Head's style perfectly. Ailish Tynan is perhaps a little too skittish with occasional blurs in diction, though she too sings beautifully.

Throughout, none of the singers overstates their case and Christopher Glynn is the model of coherence and care at the piano. Collectively, they are great exponents for this handsome list of songs. From the parlando ease of the Margaret Rose poems 'Star Candles' and 'The little road to Bethlehem' to the bravado of 'Tewkesbury Road', this is a great testament to an unpresuming gem of a composer.
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By Patricia Jenkins on 4 Oct. 2014
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Good songs
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