EDGAR BAINTON (1880-1956): Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount, The Joyous Wanderer, Gifts, The Little Waves of Breffny, Shooting Star, Strings in the Earth, Dawn, Laughing Rose, Roseen-Dhu, A Nosegay, Young Love Lies Dreaming, To the Children, Lullaby, Frolic, A Christmas Carol, Love On My Heart From Heaven Fell, Sanctuaries, A Cradle Song, They Went Forth, Twilight, A Casualty, The Triumph of Maeve, The Twilight People, ARTHUR BENJAMIN (1893-1960): The Piper, Man and Woman, To Phillis, Milking Her Flock, Diaphenia, Hey Nonny No!, 3 Greek Songs, 3 Impressions, The Mouse, The Moon, Wind’s Work, Shepherd’s Hoilday, Before Dawn, Song of the Banana Carriers, Jan, Linstead Market.
Catalogue Number: 12T037
Description: All but two songs here are first recordings of pieces in a genre these composers are not known for. Benjamin’s are imbued with a sense of refinement and impeccable craftsmanship, as well as the rhythmic vitality and color expected from a virtuoso pianist. Bainton’s hallmarks include sensitive and harmonically imaginative piano writing, his devotion to poetry resulting in settings with an outstanding artistic instinct for beauty. No texts. Susan Bickley (mezzo), Christopher Gillett (tenor), Wendy Hiscocks (piano).