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Magazine article Gramophone


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Butterworth When the lad for longing sighs. Bredon Hill. On the Idle Hill of Summer. With rue my heart is laden. Fill a glass with golden wine. On the Way to Kew. Suite for String Quartet

Gurney Ludlow and Teme. Adagio. The Cloths of Heaven. Severn Meadows. By a Bierside

Warlock Heracleitus. Sweet Content

Charles Daniels ten Michael Dussek pf

The Bridge Quartet

EM Records (F) EMRCD036 (75' * DDD * T)

The latest release from the admirable English Music Festival's in-house label is a recital of songs and chamber music by Gurney, Warlock and Butterworth. And whatever your feelings about Butterworth's songs being plucked out of their published contexts like this, it does add up to a thoughtful and satisfying programme, discreetly drawing out the music's shared strands of memory, folklore and loss.

Four pieces are billed here as 'world premiere recordings'. The two Warlock songs aren't that exactly; these are reconstructions (by John Mitchell) of Warlock's own lost arrangements for string quartet and voice. Butterworth's Suite, however, is the real thing. The Bridge Quartet's unaffected playing and oaky, wide-grained tone fits it beautifully, and serves Butterworth's folk-flavoured inspirations infinitely better than the misguided recent account on BIS with full string orchestra (8/16). …

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