Magazine article Gramophone

Ireland: 'The Complete John Ireland Songbook, Vol 1'

Magazine article Gramophone

Ireland: 'The Complete John Ireland Songbook, Vol 1'

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Ireland

'The Complete John Ireland Songbook, Vol 1' Sea Fever. The Bells of San Marie. The Vagabond. Hope the Hornblower. The East Riding. In Praise of Neptune. Here's to the Ships. Song from O'er the Hill. The Land of Lost Content. The Heart's Desire. We'll to the woods no more. Hawthorn Time. Spring Sorrow. Two Songs to Poems by Rupert Brooke. Songs of a Great War. A Garrison Churchyard. Five Songs by Turlay Royce

Mark Stone bar Sholto Kynoch pf

Stone Records [F] 5060192 780260 (67' * DDD * T)

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Mark Stone uses all his gifts in this splendid collection of John Ireland's songs to bring out their varied range of expression. One might say that he treats them with the subtlety that other singers adopt when singing German Lieder. These lovely and varied songs certainly deserve it.

Sensibly, Stone starts off with the best-known of all Ireland's songs, his setting of Masefield's 'Sea Fever'. His speed is daringly slow but he sustains it superbly, not least on the final sustained pianissimos in each stanza, 'And the seagulls crying' or 'When the long trick's over'. …

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