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Moeran: Solo Songs [Double CD]

Geraldine McGreevy Audio CD
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  • Conductor: -
  • Composer: Moeran
  • Audio CD (26 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B003EN2S0U
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Spring goeth all in whiteRoderick Williams 1:210.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. When June is comeRoderick Williams 1:110.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mantle of BlueRoderick Williams 1:560.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. TwilightRoderick Williams 1:480.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ludlow Town: No. 1. When smoke stood up from LudlowRoderick Williams 3:420.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ludlow Town: No. 2. Farewell to barn and stack and treeRoderick Williams 2:370.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ludlow Town: No. 3. Say, lad, have you things to do?Roderick Williams 1:280.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ludlow Town: No. 4. The lads in their hundredsRoderick Williams 1:510.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. 2 Songs: No. 1. The Bean FlowerGeraldine McGreevy 2:030.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 2 Songs: No. 2. Impromptu in MarchGeraldine McGreevy 1:100.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. In Youth Is PleasureAdrian Thompson 2:200.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Merry Month of MayAdrian Thompson 2:010.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. A Dream of DeathRoderick Williams 3:060.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Come Away, DeathRoderick Williams 2:170.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Troll the BowlRoderick Williams 1:230.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. 2 Songs from the repertoire of John Goss: No. 1. Can't You Dance the Polka?Roderick Williams 1:230.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. 2 Songs from the repertoire of John Goss: No. 2. Mrs. Dyer, the Baby FarmerRoderick Williams 4:010.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. MaltwormsRoderick Williams 2:190.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. 7 Poems of James Joyce: No. 1. Strings in the earth and airRoderick Williams 1:390.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. 7 Poems of James Joyce: No. 2. The Merry Green WoodRoderick Williams 1:110.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. 7 Poems of James Joyce: No. 3. Bright capRoderick Williams0:460.59  Buy MP3 
Listen22. 7 Poems of James Joyce: No. 4. The Pleasant ValleyRoderick Williams 1:250.59  Buy MP3 
Listen23. 7 Poems of James Joyce: No. 5. DonnycarneyRoderick Williams 1:230.59  Buy MP3 
Listen24. 7 Poems of James Joyce: No. 6. Rain has fallenRoderick Williams 1:470.59  Buy MP3 
Listen25. 7 Poems of James Joyce: No. 7. Now, O now, in this brown landRoderick Williams 3:590.59  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. 4 Songs from a Shropshire Lad: No. 2. When I came last to LudlowRoderick Williams 1:170.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. 'Tis time, I think, by Wenlock townRoderick Williams 1:310.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Far in a western brooklandRoderick Williams 2:300.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Loveliest of treesRoderick Williams 1:410.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Oh fair enough are sky and plain (version 1)Roderick Williams 2:220.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Oh fair enough are sky and plain (version 2)Roderick Williams 2:250.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Oh fair enough are sky and plain (version 3)Roderick Williams 2:460.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Weep you no moreAdrian Thompson 2:150.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Sweet o' the YearAdrian Thompson0:580.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Day of PalmsAdrian Thompson 3:180.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Blue-eyed SpringAdrian Thompson 1:130.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. RosefrailGeraldine McGreevy 1:180.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. TillyGeraldine McGreevy 2:260.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. RahoonGeraldine McGreevy 3:040.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. 4 English Lyrics: No. 1. Cherry RipeGeraldine McGreevy 1:540.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. 4 English Lyrics: No. 2. Willow SongGeraldine McGreevy 1:300.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. 4 English Lyrics: No. 3. The Constant LoverGeraldine McGreevy 1:320.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. 4 English Lyrics: No. 4. The Passionate ShepherdGeraldine McGreevy 3:150.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. 4 Shakespeare Songs: No. 1. The Lover and his LassGeraldine McGreevy 1:370.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. 4 Shakespeare Songs: No. 2. Where the bee sucksGeraldine McGreevy 1:280.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. 4 Shakespeare Songs: No. 3. When daisies piedGeraldine McGreevy 1:160.59  Buy MP3 
Listen22. 4 Shakespeare Songs: No. 4. When icicles hang by the wallGeraldine McGreevy 1:120.59  Buy MP3 
Listen23. DiapheniaAdrian Thompson 2:110.59  Buy MP3 
Listen24. RosalineAdrian Thompson 3:250.59  Buy MP3 
Listen25. The Monk's FancyAdrian Thompson 2:140.59  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Invitation in AutumnAdrian Thompson 4:100.59  Buy MP3 
Listen27. If There Be Any GodsGeraldine McGreevy 1:190.59  Buy MP3 
Listen28. 6 Songs of Seumas O'Sullivan: No. 1. EveningGeraldine McGreevy 1:590.59  Buy MP3 
Listen29. 6 Songs of Seumas O'Sullivan: No. 2. The PoplarsGeraldine McGreevy 2:130.59  Buy MP3 
Listen30. 6 Songs of Seumas O'Sullivan: No. 3. A CottagerGeraldine McGreevy 2:020.59  Buy MP3 
Listen31. 6 Songs of Seumas O'Sullivan: No. 4. The DustmanGeraldine McGreevy 1:040.59  Buy MP3 
Listen32. 6 Songs of Seumas O'Sullivan: No. 5. LullabyGeraldine McGreevy 2:290.59  Buy MP3 
Listen33. 6 Songs of Seumas O'Sullivan: No. 6. The HerdsmanGeraldine McGreevy 2:360.59  Buy MP3 

Product Description


The songs comprise an impressive body,light-hued but intense,tinged witha distinctly Celtic melancholy. Two large A E Housman sequences often do bear comparison with Butterworth in their illumination of the verse,especially The Lads in their hundreds and Lovelist of Trees- High praise. Performance ***** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,June 2010

Baritone Roderick Williams has the biggest share of duties and is in imperious form throughout,the voice gloriously rich and secure.Soprano Geraldine McGreevy,too, brings heaps of personable charm, unflustered agility and selfless understanding to the task in hand. In Sum,a set that no lover of British song will want to pass over. --Gramophone,Sept 2010

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Geraldine McGreevy, soprano - Adrian Thompson, ténor - Roderick Williams, baryton - John Talbot, piano

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5.0 out of 5 stars Never judge a book, or a record, by its cover 3 Jun 2010
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Never Judge a book by its cover, or a record. If the photo of the motley crew on the slipcase of this 2CD set was anything to go by, we would be in for two hours of drinking songs, heynoneynoo, and ribald appreciations of the fairer sex. They are a few songs of this kind, but most are quite different. The first couple of songs set the scene well. Gentle, arcing melodies for piano and voice, effortlessly blending the influences of Ernest Moeran's two favourite places, the lowlands of Norfolk, and the uplands of County Kerry. On the strength of this recording Ernest Moeran emerges as one of the British Isles finest songwriters of the 20th century. There is a likeness to Vaughan Williams, and to Delius, but no-one else in British song captures the feeling of being out in the open air with such naturalness and ease.

Mind you, as these discs feature so many first recordings, it is hard to separate the songs from the performances, and what performances they are! In particular those by baritone Roderick Williams. He performs at his usual high standard, and sings his share, about two thirds, as if they had been written for him.

Moeran is closest to other song writers, especially Vaughan Williams, when he visits the places of their inspiration. The little song cycle Ludlow Town is in this category. Geraldine Mc Greevy's lovely performance of his Four Shakespeare Songs cannot hide the fact that they are simply good singing round the piano in the parlour settings. He finds his own well of inspiration when he adds some Irish accents , as I his settings of Seven Poems of James Joyce. I find that the songs that really stand out are some of the individual ones. No better place to begin than at the start of the first disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moeran Solo Songs 29 Nov 2011
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Over the past couple of years, record companies have made a real effort to record the previously unrecorded works of E.J. Moeran (1894-1950), and so bring to fruition a complete recorded catalogue of virtually his entire output. Recently we have had Martin Yates' "realisation" of the elusive Second Symphony along with an Overture for a Festival. Last Year BMS released a CD of the complete folksong arrangements, and here we have the complete solo songs, including the important Seven Poems by James Joyce, and Six Poems of Seumus O'Sullivan. With such an abundance of treasures on offer (there are 56 separate songs spread over two CDs) it is difficult to know where to begin. Perhaps I should restrict this review to the songs which other reviewers have not much commented on. Hopefully, taken together, the published reviews should then present a good overall assessment.

The seven Joyce settings are all taken from the writer's early collection, "Chamber Music" (1907). The poems are musical in themselves, and cry out to be set as songs. Moeran's settings are in complete rapport with the poet's mood, and bear witness to his affinity with the Irish landscape and people. The mood oscillates between the gently lilting "Strings in the earth and air" to the buoyant "Merry Green Wood" and "Bright Cap". "The Pleasant Valley" is graced with a lovely, languid melody, while the wistful "Now, O now in this brown land", which concludes the cycle, has affinities with the Violin Concerto, a work which is said to evoke the season of autumn on the south-west coast of Ireland. Moeran uses the piano to underscore the unity of the cycle. For instance, the introductory figure in the first song reappears in the sixth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An insight into the composer's soul 30 Jun 2010
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Moeran was a victim of the First World War - injured by shrapnel in the head - and his life was bounded by the bottle, certainly exacerbated by his sojourn with Peter Warlock et al at Eynsford, Kent during the 20's. But the majority of these songs are delicate English/Irish country airs of the very best kind which carry a poignant sadness which attracted other composers such as Butterworth, Gurney and Vaughan Williams. By the time of his death at the age of 55 in 1950 in Kenmare, Jack Moeran had produced a sizeable body of work including a stunning symphony that deserves more concert hall outings.
The drinking songs - there are just a few of them on these 2 CDs - are fun but should eventually be skipped over. The wonder lies in the other songs and you might catch a faint echo of Warlock's "The Curlew."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding English "pastoral" songs ... 9 Jan 2013
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Beautiful and varied songs. If you like Vaughan Williams/Finzi you'll love this too. Voices also varied and excellent. This is also good value (2 CDs).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome collection, rarer English song repertoire 30 July 2010
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Moeran's collected songs now have their long-overdue recording, many of them for the first time. English composers from Vaughan Williams onward have benefited from numerous renditions of their songs on disc, including Hyperion's indispensable 2CD-sets of John Ireland, the major published songs of Gurney, and the Hardy settings of Finzi. Bridge and Bliss got full treatment as well; RVW and Butterworth enjoy many interpreters; the best of Holst and Quilter and Warlock have appeared on disc here and there. Chandos' last big contribution was the wonderful Howells set (2CDs) in 1994, and now finally they have followed this up with Moeran, surely the most worthy name of that generation still awaiting a dedicated song recording.

The Housman settings are mostly attractive, complementing those of Butterworth (similarly folk-influenced). Roderick Williams is successful in those and in the pensive Joyce songs. Adrian Thompson performs the bright Elizabethan settings and the lovely "Invitation in Autumn," and it's a shame he wasn't given the rest of the O'Sullivan songs too, because Geraldine McGreevy's voice is thin, lacking richness, not even consistently clear of pitch or tone. It's all the more unfortunate as this song set, from the late years of Moeran's too-short life, is rare on record.

Despite the flaws and the minimal stature of the earliest songs, this is an important entry in the catalogue of English song. John Talbot, pianist and editor of the scores for Thames Music, deserves thanks.
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