A mixed bag of British songs since 1970 sounds a pleasing
prospect. Experience with this selection passes the time fruitfully. Alison Smart accommodates
the mixture of styles pleasingly and with enough polish to give the best
tracks their due.
Without this sort of exercise few of us would be able to stand back and
consider the progress of songwriting either nationally or internationally.
As an art, songwriting since the age of lieder has revealed the mountain
peaks that are few, whilst we find the commonplace all too easily and almost
That which lies between is always interesting, and the choice here is
discriminatory without fussiness: MacMillan, Weir, Maconchy - and her daughter
LeFanu - Maxwell Davies, Holloway, Nicholson, and Gabriel Jackson.
My selection of 4 out of 25 is not final, rather a feel for those I'll
investigate further. MacMillan Scots Song [listen
- track 3, 3:35-4:47.], Maconchy Sun, Moon and Stars [listen - track 4, 0:00-0:40], Holloway Olive Tree, and
Nicholson I passed by his garden.
In case you are about to click the page over now, just remember that
CDs like this do not gain massive publicity or renown, yet they do a great
service to both singer and song - and therefore music as an art. This CD
could well grace many private record collections and brings together 25
Copyright © 16 February 2000 by Basil
Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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