Liverpool Daily Post

More history is recalled in the collected 78 recordings of the music of Peter Warlock.

These have been expertly complied from old discs in the collection of the late John Bishop. Warlock was a Bohemian of the 1920s (real name Philip Heseltine) who took his life in 1930 at the age of 36, but not before he had done valuable work on early music transcriptions, and composed a little orchestral music and some fine songs.

The Capriol Suite appears on these two discs from Divine Art, conducted by Anthony Bernard and Constant Lambert. Lambert and John Barbirolli each direct the Serenade for Strings.

There are two Purcell arrangements and his masterpiece The Curlew, famously performed by René Soames, Leon Goossens, and the Aeolian Quartet, recorded in 1950. And it is the vocal side which makes these discs particularly interesting for me, because we have a roll call of British singers of the 1930s and 1940s – Peter Dawson, John Goss, Parry Jones, Roy Henderson, Nancy Evans, Dennis Noble and more.

A collection of outstanding and well loved English songs.

—Peter Spaull