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BUTTERWORTH, G.: Songs from A Shropshire Lad / Folk Songs from Sussex (English Song, Vol. 20) (Williams, Burnside)

Composer(s):Butterworth, George
Artist(s) Williams, Roderick, baritone • Burnside, Iain, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.572426
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 6.99
 

 


One of England’s most distinctive composers, George Butterworth belonged to the generation of young men decimated in the Great War of 1914–1918. His sensitive and melancholic settings of poems from A.E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad, with their subject matter of the futility and arbitrariness of war, are small-scale masterpieces. Of particular note are the Loveliest of Trees, describing the passing of the seasons, and the ghostly and elegiac Is my team ploughing? The Folk Songs from Sussex and settings of poems by R.L. Stevenson, Shelley and Wilde, whose subject matter revolves around flirtation, love, courtship, marriage and desertion, are no less notable for their attention to detail, linguistic nuance and delicate, economical piano

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Review By Scherzo,December 2010


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Review By Andrew Achenbach,Gramophone,October 2010

Intelligent and personable performances from this thoughtful partnership

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Review By James Manheim,Allmusic.com,October 2010

George Butterworth came of age just before World War I and was a friend and creative associate of Ralph Vaughan Williams. He was killed by a German sniper at the Battle of the Somme. The discovery of British folk music in which both he and Vaughan Williams were inspired by the researcher Cecil Sharp finds some of its most beautifully distilled expression in the three sets of songs sampled on this release. The two sets of settings of poems from A.E. Housman’s volume A Shropshire Lad are actually more “folklike” than the Folk Songs from Sussex, which are based on folk song melodies and derive their appeal partly by pushing them just slightly in directions in which they don’t want to go. The Housman songs are among the most beautiful of any

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Review By Brian Wilson,MusicWeb International,September 2010

Of the many settings of Housman’s cycle A Shropshire Lad, Butterworth’s is, with some justification, the best known. There are two basic approaches – the dramatic and the lyrical – and Williams and Burnside choose mainly the lyrical. Williams doesn’t ignore the dramatic elements, but I could wish that he gave us a little more of them. The Sussex Folksongs are well sung, with a (slightly twee) touch of Mummerset dialect where appropriate and well accompanied. For all my slight reservations, this is a most enjoyable addition to Naxos’s English Song series – a new recording, not inherited like some of the earlier volumes from the defunct Collins catalogue. The sound is good – I’d have preferred something a

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Review By Balaam's Music,July 2010

MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Midsummer Night’s Dream(A) (Sung in English) (Wollerman, Becker, Varsity Voices, Nota Bene Choir, New Zealand Symphony, Judd) 8.570794
BUTTERWORTH, G.: Songs from A Shropshire Lad / Folk Songs from Sussex (English Song, Vol. 20) (Williams, Burnside) 8.572426

…A Midsummer Night’s Dream…music is wonderful !

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Review By Balaam's Music,July 2010

MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Midsummer Night’s Dream(A) (Sung in English) (Wollerman, Becker, Varsity Voices, Nota Bene Choir, New Zealand Symphony, Judd) 8.570794
BUTTERWORTH, G.: Songs from A Shropshire Lad / Folk Songs from Sussex (English Song, Vol. 20) (Williams, Burnside) 8.572426

…A Midsummer Night’s Dream…music is wonderful !

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