About the album
The four composers on this CD, though they each have their own individuality, nevertheless have a lot more in common
than the period in which they wrote these song cycles, the first half of the 20th century. Most noticeable,
perhaps, is their Englishness. Naturally this is not as evident in their instrumental music (although there is some justification in affirming the Englishness of all of Vaughan Williams’s music). But it is obvious in their vocal music,
and it is so striking in their song writing that their songs (including the ones on this CD) have had a hard time getting
known outside English speaking countries. Appreciating them depends to a considerable extent on familiarity with the English language, which these four composers set with great sensitivity. In the case of the first three, this sensitivity
must owe something—or perhaps a great deal—to their thorough knowledge and great love of the English folk song.
However, these song cycles are definitely art songs, set to sophisticated poetry, and though their vocal lines are
idiomatic, many are quite demanding.
11To Julia, Op.8 Prelude
12To Julia, Op.8 The Bracelet
13To Julia, Op.8 The Maiden Blush
14To Julia, Op.8 To Daisies
15To Julia, Op.8 The Night Piece
16To Julia, Op.8 Julia’s Hair
17To Julia, Op.8 Interlude
18To Julia, Op.8 Cherry Ripe
19The House of Life Love-?sight
110The House of Life Silent Noon
111The House of Life Love’s Minstrels
112The House of Life Heart’s Haven
113The House of Life Death In Love
114The House of Life Love’s Last Gift
115Let us Garlands bring, Op. 18 Come Away, Come Away, Death
116Let us Garlands bring, Op. 18 Who is Silvia?
117Let us Garlands bring, Op. 18 Fear No More The Heat O’The Sun
118Let us Garlands bring, Op. 18 O Mistress Mine
119Let us Garlands bring, Op. 18 It Was A Lover And His Lass
120On this Island, Op. 11 Let The Florid Music Praise!
121On this Island, Op. 11 Now The Leaves Are Falling Fast
122On this Island, Op. 11 Seascape
123On this Island, Op. 11 Nocturne
124On this Island, Op. 11 As It Is, Plenty