Selecting Victorian and Edwardian songs has here resulted in a pleasant
collection linked with pastimes and sports, most of them from a now distant
heyday when life appears to have been positively idyllic, yet punctuated
with the comical, although at a slower pace than the compulsive helter skelter
now rushing us through each and every day.
If we take the gentle swing of the Eton Boating Song [listen
-- track 3, 3:06-4:02] as an example, the rest are of much the same pattern
and varied in mood. Few of these are generally known, picked from various
collections to represent cycling, rugger, cricket, croquet, tennis, fishing,
and more vigorous pastimes such as football, boxing, swimming and mountaineering.
This modest collection does its unusual job well, and is deceptively
relaxing in face of some of the action it supports.
Copyright © 31 August 2002
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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Play The Game - Victorian and Edwardian Sporting Songs
JUSCD001 DDD Stereo 52'41" 2001 Just Accord Music
Ian Partridge, tenor; Peter Savidge, baritone; Jennifer Partridge, piano; The Song and Supper Club; Andrew Phillips, director
Claud H Hill: Cycling Song; James M Gallatly: A Rugger Song; Algernon Drummond arr Tapp: The Eton Boating Song; Henry Watson: The Glorious Twelfth; Herbert Preston-Thomas: The Cricketer's Carol; Franklin Ardelle: Won't You Come Over and Play Croquet; Harriet Kendall: A Game of Tennis; Henry E Pether: Our Football Supper; Odoardo Barri: The Rival Blues; Harry Ball: The Newmarket Coat; J C Macy: Little Tommy Went A Fishing; Herbert Schartau: Caddie; Charles Coote junior: I Won Her Heart at Billiards; Samuel Corbett: Captain Webb The Champion Swimmer; Leo Kerbusch: Mountaineer Song; Thomas H Chilvers: Boxing Song; Alfred J Silver: A Hunting Morning
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