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'Come to Me in My Dreams'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Come to Me in My Dreams'

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'Come to Me in [G] My Dreams'

'120 Years of Song from the Royal College of Music' Bridge Come to me in my dreams. Journey's End. Where she lies asleep Britten A Charm of Lullabies, Op 41. A Sweet Lullaby. Somnus, the humble god R Clarke The Cloths of Heaven Dunhill The Wind Among the Reeds--No 3, The Cloths of Heaven Gibbs Sailing Homeward Gurney All night under the moon. The fields are full. Thou didst delight my eyes M Herbert The Lost Nightingale Hoist Journey's End, Op 48 No 9 Howells Goddess of Night Ireland Earth's Call. The Three Ravens Moeran Twilight Parry English Lyrics, Set 4--No 4, Weep you no more, sad fountains Somervell A Shropshire Lad No 9, Into my heart an air that kills Stanford A soft day, Op 140 No 3 Tippett Songs for Ariel Turnage Farewell Dame Sarah Connolly mez Joseph Middleton pf Chandos (F) CHAN10944 (77' * DDD * T)

A truly lovely programme, this, as generous as it is absorbing, devoted to songs spanning some 120 years by composers associated with the Royal College of Music. Particularly welcome is the first recording of two numbers that Britten decided not to incorporate into his 1947 A Charm of Lullabies. Largely completed in sketch form, both 'A Sweet Lullaby' and 'Somnus, the humble god' required Colin Matthews's editorial expertise and will be included in an appendix when the cycle is next published. The main work itself comes off memorably, as do three glorious offerings by Britten's beloved mentor, Frank Bridge, not least the deeply moving 1925 setting of 'Journey's End'. …

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