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Dove: All You Who Sleep Tonight

Magazine article Gramophone

Dove: All You Who Sleep Tonight

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Dove [G] All You Who Sleep Tonight (a). Ariel (b). Cut My Shadow (c). Out of Winter (d) (b) Claire Booth sop (ac) Patrida Bardon mez (d) Nicky Spence ten (acd) Andrew Matthews-Owen pf Naxos (B) 8 573080 (71 * DDD)

If you want to find out what has happened to English song since Britten, this is as good a place to start as any. Jonathan Dove has an appreciable number of solo vocal works to his name. The four song-cycles on this disc share the characteristics that give Dove his individual voice--not least the skill, perhaps learnt from Britten, to light upon a simple idea that encapsulates a whole song--and yet they are strikingly different.

In the unaccompanied Ariel, soprano Claire Booth starts by mimicking the sound of the sea on the shore, adds a barking dog and a cock crowing, and so completely embraces the world of The Tempest, glimpsed in shards of Shakespearean text, that the cycle almost feels like an opera in miniature. …

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