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Songs by
Havergal Brian -
heard by
PATRIC STANDFORD

'... equal to the intimacy of the skilfully fashioned miniature.'

Havergal Brian: The Soul of Steel - settings of Blake, Shakespeare and other English poets; Legend for violin and piano. © 2005 Toccata Classics

Brian's considerable output of vocal music can easily be overlooked, but this recital by Brian Rayner Cook and Roger Vignoles with seventeen of his early songs proves that if we do so, we miss some impressive music, for Brian had a sensitive instinct for word setting and for the creation of neat and expressive piano accompaniments. His considerable list of choral music and songs show his attraction to a wide range of poetry. This selection of songs begins with Shakespeare -- an unexpectedly bright setting of Take, O take those lips away from Measure for Measure.is impassioned and succinct...

Copyright © 29 January 2012 Patric Standford,
Wakefield UK

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HAVERGAL BRIAN: THE SOUL OF STEEL; LEGEND

HAVERGAL BRIAN

SHAKESPEARE

TOCCATA CLASSICS

VOCAL MUSIC

CHAMBER MUSIC

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