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Ancient Sorceries, Music for countertenor and recorder

Ancient Sorceries, Music for countertenor and recorder

Item No. GMCD 7348

Price GBP 8.50 / USD

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Release Date: 15.06.2010

The strong historical resonances of both the countertenor voice and the recorder have inspired these magical works, all with inventive colours and surprisingly varied textures. Richard Steinitz's Hymn to Apollo at Delphi is based on ancient Greek melodies and was composed as a touching and unique wedding present for his wife. Ancient Rome is the cue for John McCabe's Two Latin Elegies, based on a piece for virginals by William Byrd, the music being punctuated by the tolling of David Munrow's much loved set of medieval bells. Haunting nature poems by Walter de la Mare and Ted Hughes respectively are strikingly set by Arthur Butterworth and Nicholas Marshall. Stephen Hough (best known for his consummate pianistic skills) contributes a triptych of song about graves, the last of which, a setting of Hardy's comic poem about spending the money for a aunt's tombstone on an evening of drunken revelry at the local hostelry, relieves the sad sentiments of the other two songs. Seriousness intrudes again with John Joubert's masterful settings of well known poems by Shakespeare and others, movingly contrasting the wisdom and infirmity of old age with the joys and carefree activity of youth. John Gardner's Shakespeare songs are brimful of winning melody, the concluding setting of "When that I was and a little tiny boy" being in his most infectious "pop" style.


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Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 Hymn to Apollo at Delphi Richard Steinitz (b.1938) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 10:11
02 Ancient Sorceries - 1. Voices Arthur Butterworth (b.1923) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 5:56
03 Ancient Sorceries - 2. The Horn Arthur Butterworth (b.1923) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 1:34
04 Ancient Sorceries - 3. Sorcery Arthur Butterworth (b.1923) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 5:46
05 Three Grave Songs - 1. Requiescat Stephen Hough (b.1961) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 2:10
06 Three Grave Songs - 2. By her Aunt's Grave Stephen Hough (b.1961) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 0:53
07 Three Grave Songs - 3. In a Breton Cemetery Stephen Hough (b.1961) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 3:17
08 Cat & Mouse - 1. Fourth of July Nicholas Marshall (b.1942) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 2:16
09 Cat & Mouse - 2. Cat and Mouse Nicholas Marshall (b.1942) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 1:39
10 Cat & Mouse - 3. Roarers in a Ring Nicholas Marshall (b.1942) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 2:44
11 Cat & Mouse - 4. Snowdrop Nicholas Marshall (b.1942) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 1:35
12 Cat & Mouse - 5. Theology Nicholas Marshall (b.1942) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 0:51
13 Cat & Mouse - 6. Fern Nicholas Marshall (b.1942) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 3:09
14 Two Latin Elegies John McCabe (b.1939) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord, Michael Harper - bells 7:43
15 Six by Four - 1. Lawn as White as Driven Snow John Gardner (b.1917) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 1:27
16 Six by Four - 2. When Icicles hang by the Wall John Gardner (b.1917) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 2:04
17 Six by Four - 3. Over Hill, over Dale John Gardner (b.1917) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 1:07
18 Six by Four - 4. Come Away, come away, Death John Gardner (b.1917) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 3:41
19 Six by Four - 5. When Daisies Pied and Violets Blue John Gardner (b.1917) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 1:52
20 Six by Four - 6. When that I was and a little tiny Boy John Gardner (b.1917) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 2:12
21 Crabbed Age and Youth - 1. Ay me John Joubert (b.1927) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 3:14
22 Crabbed Age and Youth - 2. Let us not that Young Men be John Joubert (b.1927) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 1:42
23 Crabbed Age and Youth - 3. Crabbed Age and Youth John Joubert (b.1927) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 3:44
24 Crabbed Age and Youth - 4. Though you are Young and I am Old John Joubert (b.1927) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 3:19
25 Crabbed Age and Youth - 5. Time wasteth Years John Joubert (b.1927) Nicholas Clapton - countertenor, John Turner - recorder, Jonathan Price - cello, Ian Thompson - harpsichord 2:37
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