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On This Island - English Songs

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  • Performer: Lynne Dawson, Malcolm Martineau
  • Composer: Peter Warlock, Roger Quilter, Hubert Parry, Charles Villiers Stanford, Ivor Gurney, et al.
  • Audio CD (30 April 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00005COXR
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. My own country - Peter Warlock
  2. The night - Peter Warlock
  3. Fair house of joy - Roger Quilter
  4. My life's delight - Roger Quilter
  5. Armida's garden - Hubert Parry
  6. My heart is like a singing bird - Hubert Parry
  7. La belle dame sans merci - Charles Stanford
  8. Sleep - Ivor Gurney
  9. King David - Herbert Howells
  10. Silent noon - Vaughan Williams
  11. Oh fair to see - Gerald Finzi
  12. Since we loved - Gerald Finzi
  13. As I lay in the early sun - Gerald Finzi
  14. Lillygay - Peter Warlock
  15. The lark in the clear air - Vaughan Williams
  16. Through bushes and through briars - Vaughan Williams
  17. The hardy Norse-woman - Karel Drofnatski (Stanford)
  18. The compleat virtuoso - Karel Drofnatski (Stanford)
  19. The aquiline snub - Karel Drofnatski (Stanford)
  20. Limmerich ohne worte - Karel Drofnatski (Stanford)
  21. On this island - Benjamin Britten

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The other review here on Amazon is a touch reserved I feel and this disc deserves greater enthusiasm which I am happy to offer. Lynne Dawson and Malcolm Martineau provide a wide-ranging recital of song, beautifully performed and recorded by Hyperion. A number of the individual items are little known but they hold their place against some of the more celebrated songs by Vaughan Williams, Britten and Howells. All the tracks can be bought as downloads direct from Hyperion, as can the disc as a whole. Highly recommended.
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If you like the very light, tender voice of Lynn Dawson, you will not be disappointed by this collection of British songs. Her voice is never muscular - what a relief! On the contrary it is always tender, giving every new note a different quality. A good collection, all in all. Some of the songs marvelous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely music, beautifully performed 22 Oct. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This eclectic collection of British songs is radiantly performed by soprano Lynne Dawson. If you are the kind of music listener who is averse to classical sopranos, then you need to hear this glorious voice and decide if you have been exposed to the wrong ones. Miss Dawson's voice never veers unpleasantly into the warbly vibrato that has marred many a recorded performance. She always maintains a control of pitch that reminds this listener of the great contralto Kathleen Ferrier. This is the kind of recording that you will go back to again and again, finding new favorites as the years go by. Current favorite: her performance of Vaughan Williams's Silent Noon, a heartbreakingly beautiful interpretation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A journey into the quiet and brilliant beauties of English song 31 July 2006
By Ingrid Heyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Impeccable" is one word that comes to mind when contemplating the beautiful and very interestingly used voice of Lynne Dawson. Her voice is that of a lyric soprano, utilising both the lovely shimmer of her voice but also the central vocal core which does not imitate the colour of other sopranos, but takes a vocal course that is simply unique to her own timbre. I have heard Ms Dawson sing some of the most moving things I've ever encountered - for instance, her final two arias as Cleopatra in the oratorio by Handel (not she of the gilded eyelids, but an entirely different Cleopatra), upon hearing that her husband has been killed.

Lynne Dawson is very gifted, both as a singer and as an artist - and she has the unusual sense to be true to her voice rather than attempt to fit into a typical "lyric soprano mould". By avoiding sounding like every other soprano, she emerges as a unique voice, always intelligent, always true to the music she sings. This particular album gave me great pleasure from the first moment, and while it's hard to pick out just one track, let me draw particular attention to "Silent Noon" by Vaughan Williams. It's immeasurably tender and passionate in a wonderfully clean-cut way. I could literally smell the grass and the sweetness of it as I listened to this track.

For a fine album of English songs sung with - yes - impeccable style, beautiful tone and wonderful sympathy, you need look no forther than this recording.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is much beauty 'On This Island' 28 Jan. 2006
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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Though the composers from the Great Britain are highly represented in the 'big works' of the concert repertoire, the songs so loved by the British, remain somewhat insular. Yes, there are superb song cycles by Benjamin Britten and others that enjoy wide performance popularity, but the songs so wedded to the landscape of the British Isles have not often reached beyond the shores. That deficit is superbly corrected in this lovely recital, richly varied in style and time.

The songs include Traditional songs, songs by Peter Warlock, Charles Villiers Stanford, Roger Quilter, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gerald Finzi, Herbert Howells, Ivor Gurney, Sir Charles H.H. Parry (!), and of course Benjamin Britten whose sole offering is the title song of the album. Each of the composer's works demonstrates that fine sensitivity to the poets' lines. While the selection is varied and not all of the songs are destined for posterity, collectively they offer a fine portrait of British music.

The soloist for this recital is Lynne Dawson, long a member of the Hilliard Ensemble serving as soprano soloist for the many recordings conducted by Stephen Cleobury with the King's College Choir Cambridge. Though not known internationally, Dawson possesses a soprano voice in intense musicality, beauty of sound and agile in execution of all forms of writing. Her superb accompanist is Malcolm Martineau and their collaboration is impeccable. This is one of those albums perfect for quiet times when the purity of simple songs crowds out the bother of the world. Recommended. Grady Harp, January 06
5.0 out of 5 stars Very recommendable collection of fine songs and a superb singer 26 Feb. 2009
By G.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Much attention has been directed towards British song by recording companies, and this is actually a very good sampler. Now, of course many will have several of these songs already, but there is still a strong case to be made for considering this issue. Lynne Dawson is a superb artist and she provides what sounds like exactly right characterizations and tastefulness - and also the variation in approach and atmosphere - required. She is furthermore excellently accompanied by Malcolm Martineau.

Among the gems here are Gurney's impassioned "Sleep" and Warlock selections, especially the fine version of Lilygay. Among Stanford's songs "La Belle Dame sans merci" is one of the most famous (and deservedly so), and again Dawson's make it sound fresh and wonderful. Vaughan Williams's "Silent Noon", with its inventive succession of modulations, is also excellently done. The title work is probably the highlight here, and again I know of no better version on disc. In sum, this collection is easily recommended showcasing a marvelous singer in some delightful repertoire.
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