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Parry: 'English Lyrics & Other Songs'

Magazine article Gramophone

Parry: 'English Lyrics & Other Songs'

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Parry 'English Lyrics & Other Songs' English Lyrics--Set 1; Set 2; Set 3; excerpts from Sets 4,5,7,10,11 & 12. Five Sonnets Susan Gritton sop James Gilchrist ten Roderick Williams bar Andrew West pf Somm [F] SOMMCD257 (71' * DDD * T)

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Here is the first of three volumes from Somm which will embrace all 12 sets of Parry's English Lyrics--a veritable cornucopia of exquisitely articulate settings of indigenous poetry which blazed a trail for the emergence of the English art song in the hands of such masters as Butterworth, Gurney, Warlock, Bridge, Ireland, Finzi and Britten. For proof positive of this figure's instinctive genius for serving the text, let me urge immediate exploration of such gems as 'Take, O take those lips away', 'Weep you no more, sad fountains' and 'Lay a garland on my hearse'. Elsewhere, it would be a hard heart indeed that failed to respond to the sly humour of 'On a time the amorous Silvy' or 'One silent night of late', the gentle poignancy of 'To Blossoms' (a sublime setting of Herrick from 1917 that occupied Parry on and off fully 40 years before he was satisfied), or the captivating charm of 'When icicles hang by the wall' (with its cheeky refrain of 'Tuwhoo! …

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