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Felicity Lott / Graham Johnson

Summertime

  • Type CD
  • Label Champs Hill
  • UPC 5060212590091
  • Catalog number CHRCD 008
  • Release date 01 July 2010
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About the album

Dame Felicity Lott, revered British soprano, says of this CD:

"Summertime has many of my favourite songs in English, French and German. We made the CD at a friend's house, and the sessions were so relaxed, with no London traffic to cause endless retakes! It's a real mix of beautiful songs of all kinds, on a summer theme. I chose songs I loved, from Gershwin to Christopher Robin..."

Three centuries of song are represented here, and, as BBC Music Magazine's Hilary Finch put it "such is the skill of Johnson's programming that the entire recital seems to be a single, sustained exhalation of rapture and reflection"

She went on to say:

"The upper reaches of Lott's still gleaming soprano inhabit Barber's "Shining Night" and Fauré's "Clair de lune". And her robust English version of Schubert's "Who is Sylvia?" finds an irresistible companion in Arne's "Where the Bee Sucks", with its veritable midsummer night's dream of an accompaniment from Johnson. The artists' palpable sense of joy and well-being gathers momentum as they visit Berlioz's "L'ile inconnue" and as they sing on the water with Schubert. And Lott and Johnson know well that the only way to face sentiment is to acknowledge its own integrity, as they do when they listen to Haydn Wood's "Little Brown Bird" and eavesdrop with Fraser-Simson on Christopher Robin saying his prayers.

This album features songs from a great variety of composers - Gershwin, Barber, Cole Porter, Bernstein, Brahms, Schubert, Arne, Schumann, Berlioz, and many more.

A full 29 tracks of summer-themed songs!

  • 1
    1
    Summertime
     
    02:29
  • 1
    2
    Sure on This Shining Night
     
    02:25
  • 1
    3
    The Shepherd's Song
     
    02:53
  • 1
    4
    Clair de Lune
     
    03:10
  • 1
    5
    Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
     
    02:08
  • 1
    6
    Who Is Sylvia?
     
    02:52
  • 1
    7
    Where the Bee Sucks
     
    01:44
  • 1
    8
    L'Ile Inconnue
     
    03:40
  • 1
    9
    Auf dem Wasser zu Singen
     
    03:48
  • 1
    10
    Soir
     
    02:24
  • 1
    11
    Der Nussbaum
     
    03:48
  • 1
    12
    Meine Leibe ist Grün
     
    01:40
  • 1
    13
    Ah Moon of My Delight
     
    04:33
  • 1
    14
    Notre Amour
     
    02:13
  • 1
    15
    Villanelle
     
    02:22
  • 1
    16
    The Monk & His Cat
     
    02:38
  • 1
    17
    Go Not, Happy Days
     
    01:38
  • 1
    18
    To Daffodils
     
    02:16
  • 1
    19
    Orpheus With His Lute
     
    02:28
  • 1
    20
    The Trellis
     
    02:45
  • 1
    21
    Love's Philosophy
     
    01:30
  • 1
    22
    A Brown Bird Singing
     
    02:37
  • 1
    23
    The Lark in the Clear Air
     
    01:36
  • 1
    24
    Sleep
     
    02:29
  • 1
    25
    The Tales of An Oyster
     
    03:13
  • 1
    26
    My House
     
    01:50
  • 1
    27
    The Little Road to Bethlehem
     
    02:37
  • 1
    28
    Vespers
     
    02:22
  • 1
    29
    The Lord Bless You & Keep You
     
    02:22

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