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Silent Noon Import

4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Audio CD (8 Nov. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00067ZKOI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Come Away Death
  2. O Mistress Mine
  3. Blow Blow, Thy Winter Wind
  4. Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal
  5. When Lights Go Rolling Round The Sky
  6. Love Is A Bable
  7. Money O!
  8. Shropshire Lad : Song Cycle
  9. The Cloths Of Heaven
  10. Sally Gardens
  11. Foggy Foggy Dew
  12. Oliver Cromwell
  13. Ye Banks And Braes
  14. Captain Stratton's Fancy
  15. Sleep
  16. Linden Lea
  17. Silent Noon
  18. Weep Ye No More, Sad Fountains

Product Description

Silent Noon by Bryn Terfel and pianist Malcolm Martineau offers listeners some of the finest examples from a remarkable period in the history of English song. Given its prominence as a spoken language the world over, it is surprising that English musical settings are still so little known outside their country of origin. In fact this is an unusually rich tradition, containing many glorious examples of wonderful words matched with inspired music to form a perfect unity. These are human songs – songs that tell stories, create moods and recall powerful emotional experiences. They are wide ranging, immediate and direct – songs of truly uni¬versal appeal.

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It is difficult to find fault with this release 'Silent Noon' which amply demonstrates Terfel's wide range of vocal colour. The combination of one of the world's most popular and characterful voices together with an interesting and attractive selection of English Songs make for an outstanding recital. This is Terfel's second disc of English Songs, the first being a critically acclaimed, award winning recording from 1995 entitled 'The Vagabond' that features songs by Ireland, Vaughan Williams, Butterworth and Finzi on Deutsche Grammophon 445 946-2. This recital entitled 'Silent Noon' takes its name from the celebrated song of the same name by Vaughan Williams and also includes settings by Quilter, Gurney, Somervell, Warlock et al. Perhaps the popular success of The Vagabond has given Deutsche Grammophon the confidence to break away from the mainstream by including several songs by lesser known composers: Frederick Keel, Dilys Elwyn-Edwards and Michael Head. On a personal note I would have preferred more settings from my favourite and masters of the English art-song tradition: Warlock, Bridge, Delius, Bantock, especially Gurney and also Elgar who was a less prolific song-setter. Nevertheless this 'Silent Noon' song recital which includes several surprises is also a delightful and fascinating one.
In addition to Terfel's renowned rich, oak hued and sonorous voice his performances particularly in the genre of Opera demonstrate to best advantage the outstanding dramatic power of his voice. The majority of these songs are of a softer, more joyous or poignant nature however Terfel's vocal strength and characterful performance is expertly displayed in several of the settings namely Keel's 'Mother Carey' and Somervell's 'The street sounds to the soldiers' tread' and 'On the idle hill of summer'.
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In this follow up recording to "The Vagabond", Terfel and Martineau returns to a repertoire, that is much overlooked. I am not British, and apart from Britten's Folksong Arrangments, I hadn't heard any of this music before.
Much respect must go out to both singer and pianist in the delivery of these songs. They are treated with the utmost respect and love, and even the two nonsense songs by Stanford that round off this selection are performed with respect and dignity.
Bryn Terfel has a BIG voice, and even though his tone is BIG and dramatic, it's never out of place. He reads the music in a dramatic, rather than a lyrical way, but that's what you'd expect from the man. He isn't Fritz Wunderlich or even Fischer-Dieskau. If you buy a Terfel record rather than a record from the oter two gentlemen, be prepared for a BIG sound, even though I personally think that he has mellowed out a bit since The Vagabond.
His delivery of the lyrics and understanding of the storyline in these songs is unbeatable. The only time I find, that he goes a bit overboard is in Brittens "Foggy, Foggy Dew", which he smothers in sighs, dramatic breaths and "funny" intonation. Otherwise the delivery is superb.
A small note on his diction: I don't know, why he pronounces Wind in "Blow, Blow thou Winter Wind" as wind (to wind somethig up, for instance). That and a few other places left me a bit puzzled, but that may be down to the fact, that I don't know enough about English pronunciation. Oh... and the rolling R's are back :-) I love it, some don't...
This is a genius record. If you have any interest in English song, this is a must have. If you don't care about the likes of Frederick Keel and Drofnatski, you will after hearing this record. Buy now...
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This must be as good a recording of Housman's "A Shropshire Lad" as any. Here we have the Somervell sequence - published in 1904 and the only one to attempt a genuine narrative structure. There are other gems here too and it is unlikely anyone will listen to Dilys Elwyn-Edwards version of "The Cloths of Heaven" without misty eyes. The pairing of Bryn Terfel and Martin Martineau cannot be bettered and this is a recording that can be recommended without hesitation.
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This is the finest recital disc that I have ever heard from Bryn Terfel and possibly the best recital disc of English song by anyone. It is just stunningly beautiful and dramatic by turns. The clarity of diction and the care for word meaning and interpretation is just masterly. As well as familiar songs there are many far less well known songs included here which are equally beautiful. Bryn does these songs a great service both in performance and by bringing them to the attention of a wider public. Trade Winds by Frederick Keel, which I had never heard before is just lovely as is the setting of 'The Cloths of Heaven' by the veteran Welsh composer Dilys Elwyn-Edwards. For me the recital is crowned by my favourite setting of poems from 'A Shrophire Lad' here performed in the first ever setting by Arthur Somervell, which is still the best of all in my view. What drama, attention to word meaning and sheer beauty Bryn brings to this wonderful song cycle.
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Wonderful singing by Bryn Terfel. The Shakespeare songs are moving and settings of poems by Housman and other poets are outstanding.
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