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ALWYN, W.: Mirages / 6 Nocturnes / Seascapes / Invocations (English Song, Vol. 17)


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ALWYN, W.: Mirages / 6 Nocturnes / Seascapes / Invocations (English Song, Vol. 17)

William Alwyn composed prolifically in virtually all genres, orchestral, chamber, vocal and instrumental. His major works for the voice were composed during the latter part of his career, between 1965 and 1980, and include four of the song-cycles recorded here. These are settings of poems by the composer himself, the Irish poet Louis MacNeice, and the composer’s good friend, Michael Armstrong, who lived for over 40 years in Jersey where he derived much inspiration from the sea and the surrounding landscape. Seven of the songs here receive their world première recording.

Alwyn, William
Alwyn, William, lyricist(s)

1.   No. 1. Undine 00:05:21
2.   No. 2. Aquarium 00:02:53
3.   No. 3. The Honeysuckle 00:03:22
4.   No. 4. Metronome 00:04:52
5.   No. 5. Paradise 00:01:33
6.   No. 6. Portrait in a Mirror 00:05:24

Alwyn, William
Armstrong, Michael, lyricist(s)

  6 Nocturnes
7.   No. 1. Everything is Now 00:02:39
8.   No. 2. Summer Rain 00:01:19
9.   No. 3. Visitation 00:03:13
10.   No. 4. Summer Night 00:01:56
11.   No. 5. Circle 00:02:12
12.   No. 6. Response 00:01:55

Alwyn, William
MacNeice, Louis, lyricist(s)

  Slum Song
13.   Slum Song 00:04:10

Alwyn, William
Armstrong, Michael, lyricist(s)

14.   No. 1. Dawn at Sea 00:02:05
15.   No. 2. Sea - Mist 00:02:07
16.   No. 3. Song of the Drowned Man 00:02:15
17.   No. 4. Black Gulls 00:04:14
18.   No. 1. Through the Centuries 00:03:27
19.   No. 2. Holding the Night 00:02:19
20.   No. 3. Separation 00:03:48
21.   No. 4. Drought 00:03:28
22.   No. 5. Spring Rain 00:01:55
23.   No. 6. Invocation to the Queen of Moonlight 00:03:36
24.   No. 7. Our Magic Horse 00:02:03

Total Playing Time: 01:12:06

Alwyn, William

Alwyn, William; Armstrong, Michael; MacNeice, Louis

Burnside, Iain; Thomas, Elin Manahan; Turner, John; Williams, Jeremy Huw

Label: Naxos

Series: English Song Series

Genre: Vocal

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.570201

Barcode: 0747313020171

Physical Release: 01/2008

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