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The Power Of Love (English Songbook) (Hyperion: CDA67888) CD

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (31 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B006FNN6KW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Loves old sweet song (JAMES LYNAM MOLLOY) [4'17]
2. So well go no more a-roving (MAUDE VALÉRIE WHITE ) [4'32]
3. The Spring has come (MAUDE VALÉRIE WHITE ) [2'34]
4. The Devout Lover (MAUDE VALÉRIE WHITE ) [4'11]
5. Speak, music (SIR EDWARD ELGAR) [3'15]
6. Pleading (SIR EDWARD ELGAR) [3'10]
7. Ah, moon of my delight (LIZA LEHMANN) [4'43]
8. Love, if you knew the light (LIZA LEHMANN) [1'24]
9. Silent noon (RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS) [4'42]
10. Almond, wild almond (GRAHAM PEEL) [1'58]
11. The early morning (GRAHAM PEEL) [1'39]
12. There be none of Beautys daughters (ROGER QUILTER) [2'02]
13. Now sleeps the crimson petal (ROGER QUILTER) [2'24]
14. Loves Philosophy (ROGER QUILTER) [1'29]
15. The power of love (PERCY GRAINGER) [4'04]
16. Hypochondriacus (CECIL ARMSTRONG GIBBS) [1'39]
17. Pas bank (LIZA LEHMANN) [1'31]
18. A Song of Shadows (CECIL ARMSTRONG GIBBS) [2'33]
19. Take, O take those lips away (PETER WARLOCK) [1'59]
20. The night (PETER WARLOCK) [2'11]
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Alice Coote, one of the most distinctive mezzo-sopranos of today, makes her recital debut on Hyperion with pianist Graham Johnson, a stalwart of the label and tireless explorer of vocal repertoire. The Power of Love creates what Johnson describes as a pageant of English song and poetry. Its a journey through half a century of song, surveying not just human love but love of nature and even of money. Some of the most touching pieces here involve the loss of love through death, not least Ivor Gurneys Lights Out and Gustav Holsts Betelgeuse. Theres serenity, too, in mellifluous settings by Roger Quilter, while high spirits are supplied by Maude Valérie Whites The Spring has come and Warlocks sardonic Queen Anne, which includes the immortal lines I am Queen Anne, of whom tis said / Im chiefly famed for being dead.


From start to finish, the artistry of Alice Coote and Graham Johnson is of the highest order. --Gramophone,Feb'12

You won't hear many new albums this year with such power to haunt you long after they have finished...this album crystalises the very essence of music making:just a piano, a singer and you.It's time to get intimate with the power of love. DISC OF THE MONTH --Classic fm Magazine, Mar'12

Many Victorian ballads, once popular, quite often recorded on 78's no longer find room in a singer's repertoire today. The one that begins this recital by Alice Coote and Graham Johnson is still remembered by the older generation of song lovers, but how many who have reached 30 will know it? It is Molloy's Love's old sweet song with its chorus beginning just a song at twilight Sentimental? Oh yes, but even an unofficially qualified old cynic like me still enjoys it. --IRR,Feb'12

Alice Coote is one of the finest British Mezzo-Soprano since Janet Baker, an intellectual artist with an international career in recital, concert and opera. Here she selects classic English songs, but also, less expectedly , what's still thought of as Victorian parlour repertoire. Since her accompanist is the immensely knowledgeable and perceptive Graham Johnson, though, this proves both admirably suited to her distinctively creamy yet expressive voice, and occasionally revelatory. Performance ***** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine,Apr'12

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jim Brooks VINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2012
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As a Scot, smarting at the lack of recognition for the songs of Francis George Scott, and not even sure exactly where the Malverns are, I can be wary of collections of English song - pure but dull, way too many hey nonny-nonnys, and all that - but all I can say in my defence is that there's not a hey-nonny nonny in sight, and this CD has quite converted me - not that I ever favoured devolution...

Alice Coote and Graham Johnson have obviously given a tremendous amount of thought to the material, which is wide-ranging in mood, style and sheer entertainment value. It's the first collection of English song that I have happily played straight through, and no wonder, when the musicians draw one so persuasively into their world. I hadn't heard as much of Alice Coote as I should have liked, and it took a few songs for me to understand how she operates, but once on to her wavelength I was, and I remain, lost in admiration. I particularly appreciated her natural and unsentimental approach to her material. On many occasions she produces the most ravishing soft singing, but she doesn't indulge herself, so there's no question of lovely for lovely's sake.

I suspect that humour comes less easily to both artists, nonetheless each song is given the exactly right emotional weight, from a lightly cynical, touch for Liza Lehmann's all too topical "Pa's Bank" to bleak and baleful for Holst's devastating "Betelgeuse" with which the recital closes. An odd choice to send the listener fearful into the night, I thought, so this particular listener chose to stay put and listen some more to this eminently satisfying and recommendable disc.

Normally recording quality doesn't get much space unless it's appalling, but on this occasion it's hugely important to the success of this disc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Abbott on 30 April 2014
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The poet Edward Thomas was killed at the Battle of Arras in April 1917 only ten weeks after being sent out to the front line. One of the last poems he wrote before embarkation was Lights Out, an evocation of the moments just before sleep overtakes us.

I have come to the borders of sleep,
The unfathomable deep
Forest where all must lose
Their way, however straight,
Or winding, soon or late;
They cannot choose.

Ivor Gurney, another poet, but also a musician, survived the First World War, but the resultant shell-shock blighted the rest of his life, which ended in an asylum. The composer Michael Hurd has written on this period, and the accompanist and Schubert scholar Graham Johnson has suggested that “over-cautious censorship by his well-meaning musician friends anxious to spare him humiliation at the time” led to the initial suppression of many fine songs that they had not fully comprehended – and Lights Out is a prime example. At the end of Gurney’s setting the structure of the song itself starts to disintegrate as consciousness ebbs away:

The tall forest towers;
Its cloudy foliage lowers
Ahead, shelf above shelf;
Its silence I hear and obey
That I may lose my way
And myself.

As Johnson says in the sleeve notes to this recording with Alice Coote: “The song’s strangely inconclusive ending must have seemed incomprehensible to its earlier listeners, but it is almost unbearably moving to us now, and right.” Roderic Dunnett, writing in The Independent, put it this way: “Gurney does something astonishing: he sets it so that towards the end the song just kind of unravels. It’s a wonderful effect, and it gives me goose-pimples just to hear it. One is reminded, too, how Gurney himself was frequently unable to sleep after the war: instead, he would get up and tramp across fields at night for 20 miles or more.”
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Sidney on 17 April 2012
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The Power of Love. Alice Coote and Graham Johnson.
Outstanding partnership between Alice Coote and Graham Johnson. His article in the booklet tells it all, describing in detail the genesis of the choice of songs and their programming,and the discussions that ensued between the two artists. Alice Coote's rich, luscious mezzo has never been so warm and deep, Johnson's accompaniment never more subtle and supportive. This is an unusual CD, full of unexpected treasures. A must for anyone interested in the art of song.
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