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Songs my father taught me [CD]

Thomas Allen , Malcolm Martineau Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (4 Feb 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00005Y0N9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Passing By
2. The lark in the air
3. My Dearest Heart
4. Until
5. Love's Garden Of Roses
6. Drink To Me Only
7. It is only a tiny garden
8. Love, could I only tell thee
9. A Mood
10. Smilin' through
11. The Last Chord
12. The Holy City
13. The Cheviot Hills
14. On the banks of the Wabash, far away
15. A Brown Bird Singing
16. She is far from the land
17. In summertime on Bredon
18. The Trumpeter
19. Bird of Love Divine
20. God's Garden
See all 25 tracks on this disc

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Sir Thomas Allen makes the point in a note with Songs my Father Taught Me, a delightful collection of 25 ballads that he rates it beside his many recordings of music heavyweights like Wagner and Verdi. There is no need to justify his enthusiasm, for it is clear from the outset that he treats the music with the sort of complete respect that has made him one of our most-loved singers. It is too easy to be dismissive of this repertoire, but when it is taken at its own value and sung and played with honesty, as here, the results are heart-warming. Allen recalls hearing the songs in the family home following the two world wars, "a time when there seemed a need for reassurance". Perhaps that time is with us again, and these performances really strike a chord. There are many old friends here, and perhaps some new discoveries. Who can resist the beautifully constructed "Love, Could I Only Tell Thee" or that old potboiler "The Lost Chord", especially when given with such warmth? A picture shows Allen and family in full vocal spate. Doing the honours at the piano is his father, to whose memory he dedicates the disc.--Keith Clarke

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'The completion of this record marks something of a watershed for me in a career not without incident and highlight. So why, you may ask, should a recording of what were once mostly popular songs be just as telling, if not more so, than the commitment to disc of the great works of Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, Berlioz and so many other heavyweight names? I can only say that nostalgia and sentiment are almost entirely responsible, plus a genuine love of the often simple but very beautiful melodies that lie within these songs. The majority of them did indeed enjoy popularity in their day, still do in some cases. Others never made their mark, and I feel should have done, but who can ponder the eternal riddle of why, with works of not dissimilar quality, some make it and others don't. There's no academia behind this recording, just my very simple need to recapture memories I have of amateur singers coming through our house in Seaham Harbour, to practice these songs and others with my father at a time when there seemed a need for reassurance, perhaps, following two world wars. Then, there was no embarrassment at the sentiment common to so many of them, as one might experience now. My father, I think, would have liked the record and I want it to be in his beloved memory ... Thomas Allen'.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Walk Through A Golden Land 18 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a beautiful collection of songs that were often sung by families around the piano at home, long before the internet, Cds, and DVD split us into disparate groups. The songs are sung by Thomas Allen who imbues them all with a powerful emotional essence which enables us to take a step back into an era of sentiment and duty which is absent from today. He is well served with Malcolm Martineau on piano.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 29 Jan 2009
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Sublime and wonderful: Thomas Allen sings this selection of songs wonderfully and Malcolm Martineau's accompaniment could not be better. I come back to this CD again and again and have just ordered myself a new copy - I gave my previous one to my cousin who heard it last Sunday and was similarly enchanted!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music from another world 15 May 2006
By Secret Spi TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is a glorious collection of songs and ballads, beautifully sung by Thomas Allen. I bought this for my mother- for whom it brought back countless memories- but was surprised at just how many of these songs also conjured up happy childhood memories for me. Really well-worth listening to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb collection 3 Nov 2009
By rjw27
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I thought that nobody would ever record songs like this again as they are so old fashioned but I grew up loving them as my mother did. How pleased i was to find this CD and it doesn't disappoint. It is a lovely collection beautifully sung and accompanied. It is good to think that these beautiful songs are not forgotten. many thanks to Sir Thomas for making these recordings!
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