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on 7 October 2013
This recording actually was first issued in 1963 and may be the first of Janet Baker's commercial recordings. Fifty years on it is still a front-runner in the field of English song, now that it has been re-issued in decent stereo. True, the acoustic is more resonant than was normal for the day, although quite common nowadays, but this does not detract from the music.

In this disc of early twentieth-century songs Janet Baker already showed that she would explore the lesser-known repertoire just as much as the well-known works. The composers Michael Head and Thomas Dunhill are hardly well-known even today, and Finzi and Howells were hardly ever heard in the early sixties.

As for the performances, there is nothing much to add to the comments of other reviewers here. They stand comparison with any other recordings of these or similar works, and in most cases excel. You may grumble that there is less than 45 minutes of music on the disc, but then that was the ten-and-sixpenny Saga LP. In any event such quality as this is priceless.
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