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4.0 out of 5 stars Blue in blue
Well I confess I bought this solely for the performance of Stanford's sublime "Bluebird", which as performed here is as magical and sublime as you could imagine. Having indulged myself with that, the rest of the disc is pretty good too. Some gems, like Lay a Garland, and Thule the period of cosmography, sit alongside some pot-boilers like Fair Phillis, but it's...
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3.0 out of 5 stars 400 years of English song
Summerly's stated aim in presenting such a wide ranging survey of English secular music, is to show the continuity between the Elizabethans and the Victorian tradition. Which it does. Despite the absence of the real "big names" - Byrd, Dowland, Purcell, Britten - I'd think that for most listeners though this CD would be a good sampler to give a taste for where to go next...
Published on 14 Nov 2002


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3.0 out of 5 stars 400 years of English song, 14 Nov 2002
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This review is from: English Madrigals and Songs from Henry VIII to the 20th Century (Audio CD)
Summerly's stated aim in presenting such a wide ranging survey of English secular music, is to show the continuity between the Elizabethans and the Victorian tradition. Which it does. Despite the absence of the real "big names" - Byrd, Dowland, Purcell, Britten - I'd think that for most listeners though this CD would be a good sampler to give a taste for where to go next. Texts are included.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blue in blue, 19 Aug 2014
This review is from: English Madrigals and Songs from Henry VIII to the 20th Century (Audio CD)
Well I confess I bought this solely for the performance of Stanford's sublime "Bluebird", which as performed here is as magical and sublime as you could imagine. Having indulged myself with that, the rest of the disc is pretty good too. Some gems, like Lay a Garland, and Thule the period of cosmography, sit alongside some pot-boilers like Fair Phillis, but it's all sung well and at the Naxos price point there really isn't anything not to like.
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