Shropshire Lads: English Art-Song


Catalogue No: DDV 24162
EAN/UPC: 809730416224
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Release Date: August 2017
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 56:17

The long and vibrant tradition of art-song in England has seen many great composers from Finzi to Vaughan Williams, Gurney to Moeran and Warlock and countless more, supported for many years now by the English Poetry and Song Society.

This is the first of four albums of live EPSS concert performances made by Dunelm for private use and now on general release due to demand; it contains works by major composers and also the five excellent finalists in the EPSS competition of 2006. The concert took place to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the publication of 
A. E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad.

These EPSS recordings were made on portable recording equipment and with less than ideal microphone placement and are not to our usual modern standard. However they contain fine performances and many very unfamiliar and exquisite songs, which will delight any lover of late-Romantic vocal music.

Track Listing

    Benjamin Burrows

  1. Grenadier
  2. The half-moon
  3. The sigh
  4. From far
  5. Arnold Bax

  6. Far in a western brookland
  7. In the morning
  8. When I was one-and-twenty
  9. Brian Daubney

  10. The land of lost content
  11. Margaret Wegener

  12. Look not in my eyes
  13. Clive Pollard

  14. Because I liked you better
  15. Calvin Bowman

  16. R.L.S.
  17. Stephen Duro

  18. Is my team ploughing?
  19. Ernest John Moeran

  20. When smoke stood up
  21. When I came last to Ludlow
  22. Far in a western brookland
  23. Arthur Somervell: A Shropshire Lad

  24. I. Loveliest of Trees
  25. II. When I was one-and-twenty
  26. III. There pass the careless people
  27. IV. In summertime on Bredon
  28. V. The street sounds to the soldeir’s tread
  29. VI. On the idle hill of summer
  30. VII. White in the moon the long road lies
  31. VIII. Think no more, lad
  32. IX. Into my heart an air that kills
  33. X. The lads in their hundreds



If you have been waiting for this series to appear on disc, as I have, here is your chance. Those who have not yet caught the English art song bug may wish to explore elsewhere. But come back here for the rarities.

” —Ronald E. Grames
American Record Guide

The sound is clear and allows a chance to hear a fine array of 20th Century English songs. Stephen Foulkes has a firm and steady voice and sings with exemplary diction. [Pianist] David Bednall is another Somerset treasure.

” —Robert A Moore