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An Appropriate Memorial

Songs by Moeran, Warlock
and Geoffrey Stern -
heard by
PATRIC STANDFORD

'... a well balanced programme and clean, clear studio performances ...'

Strings in the Earth and Air - songs by Ernest J Moeran, Peter Warlock and Geoffrey Stern. Paul Martyn-West, tenor, and Nigel Foster, piano. © Dunelm Records, 2010 Divine Art Ltd

The three composers featured in this recital of English songs have all suffered some degree of undue neglect -- as has the song recital itself, no doubt -- and the partnership of tenor Paul Martyn-West and the fine accompanist Nigel Foster have sought to redress this musical imbalance with a well balanced programme and clean, clear studio performances recorded in 2005. A binding thread is the poetry of James Joyce. E J Moeran's setting of seven of the poems from Chamber Music dates from 1929 and easily makes a group of the best of his songs. The title of the disc is taken from the opening of one of the poems:

Strings in the earth and air make music sweet;
strings by the river where the willows meet.

which Moeran sets with grace and tenderness, and which is sung and played with understanding care...

Copyright © 4 January 2011 Patric Standford,
Wakefield UK

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CD INFORMATION: STRINGS IN THE EARTH AND AIR

E J MOERAN

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