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4.7 out of 5 stars
Roger Quilter: O Mistress Mine; To Daisies; Julia's Hair; Go, Lovely Rose
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 2 July 2014
Quilter, to my ears, is a song writer of modest talent, and his songs are, thankfully, pleasant and unpretentious. The selection here does not find him plumbing any depths, expressive or musical, but he shows himself responsive to the texts he sets, so the overall effect is pleasant. Where he is rearranging an already familiar melody, like "Ye banks and braes," he is wise enough not to mess with it. The Shakespeare settings are nicely done, with Ophelia's song "How should I your true love know" catching the pathos of the crazy girl very well, and Lisa Milne brings just the right tone to it. She also does well with "Ca' the yowes," a familiar melody, but in some songs her vibrato can widen noticeably under pressure.

Milne was only 26 when these songs were recorded in 1997, and the lovely basic quality of her voice is a real asset. Anthony Rolfe Johnson, at 58, still has the warm and sweet basic quality of his voice, though under stress, and perhaps with more excuse than Milne, he can wobble a bit and lose quality too. The Herrick song cycle (tenor, piano, string quartet) is for the most part very well done, but "Cherry ripe" sounds a bit strained. Hear him at his best in the "Old Carol' ("I sing of a maiden"). Don't play these songs all at once -- if you have a multi-disc CD changer, put in a bunch of songs by different composers and randomize them! But if you are into song, you'll find a measured and sober pleasure here.
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on 17 May 2011
Not at all my usual cup of tea, but I found this small-scale music-making completely beguiling. The 'To Julia' cycle, with the piano and string quartet accompaniment, was particularly effectve and uplifting. Quilter's music cedes nothing whatsoever of beauty or emotional content to the lieder tradition. Nor do these singers and musicians.

As I am not accustomed to listening to this kind of music, I was not previously aware of a single one of the performers. That is my loss, because they are all remarkable musicians - it is a dreadful shame that musicians of this exceptional calibre cannot achieve the wide exposure due to them in today's musical world.

It is invidious to pick out one from such a talented group, but I was particularly struck by Lisa Milne's beautiful, clear, bell-like soprano and her perfect intonation and diction. One can actually clearly hear and understand every single word she sings. If this sounds obvious and simplistic, you haven't heard much contemporary sung English music.

Full marks to Naxos for an excellent recording and the notes with the words of all the poems.

Worth several times the price!
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on 26 January 2017
Wonderful music, wonderful perfomances, wonderful sound. Roger Quilter was a skillful, tuneful composer and this disk is a sheer joy to the ear. The price is also wonderful!! For anybody who loves music and in particular British classical music this should be in their CD collection
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on 4 October 2014
Beautiful songs
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on 14 February 2009
The title of this "review" sums up my opinion.
Pleasant, varied, relaxed. For a Dutchman very English in the way he likes to see, or hear, the English.
Friendly, summerlike: leisure. Music for a lazy Saturday afternoon in a Deliuslike garden.
And good voices singing good music!
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