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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
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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 Jonathan Woolf,MusicWeb International,September 2010

Roderick Williams is a busy recitalist, performer and recording artist and has carved out a real niche in songs of his native country, of which this disc is the latest manifestation. His diction is fine, his tone warm, rounded and attractive. In the A Shropshire Lad settings he proves simple, straightforward and effective in When I was one-and-twenty, where Burnside’s parting piano comments are supremely deft. The pianist also catches the portentous roll of Think no more lad...Williams['s] singing is fluidly lyric...The singing and playing in The lads in their hundreds are especially attractive too...The peal and toll of Bredon Hill are well calibrated. Both When the lad for longing sighs and On the idle hill of summer

In the Sussex songs he manages to vest A blacksmith courted me with a degree of poignancy. A lawyer he went out one day is one of the best of these Sussex settings...Seventeen come Sunday is certainly brisk and in Roving in the dew Williams puts on an accent...I enjoyed the disc greatly...It’s well recorded, and well balanced too.

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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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