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In vol 3, Gurney, Warlock and Quilter are given equal and fair division of the modest 59-minute cake. Gurney ranges from his best ('I will go with my father a-ploughing' [listen -- volume 3 track 3, 1:28-2:35]) to his less than good ('Snow'/'Ploughman singing'); Quilter from the familiar ('Dream valley' / 'Now sleeps the crimson petal') to the less known but equally fine ('Amaryllis at the fountain' / 'Autumn evening' [listen -- volume 3 track 25, 0:56-1:48]); whilst Warlock is alternatively boisterens ('Roister Doister' / 'Captain Stratton's fancy') and dolens ('Autumn twilight' / 'Take, O take those lips away') and is capped by one of his finest achievements, the folk-inspired Lillygay [listen -- volume 3 track 18, 0:00-1:10].

A Century of English Song, Volume 3. © 2000 Somm Recordings

Sarah Leonard is joined by her brother Paul (vol 2) and Jonathan Veira (vol 3). Veira is particularly good, and all three singers are in the safe hands of Malcolm Martineau.

Copyright © 4 September 2002 Trevor Hold, Peterborough, UK

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A Century of English Song Volume 2

SOMMCD 214 DDD Stereo 77'20" 1999 Somm Recordings

Sarah Leonard, soprano, Paul Leonard, baritone and Malcolm Martineau, piano

Songs by Parry, Somervell and Stanford

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A Century of English Song Volume 3

SOMMCD 224 DDD Stereo 59'12" 2000 Somm Recordings

Sarah Leonard, soprano, Jonathan Veira, baritone and Malcolm Martineau, piano

Songs by Gurney, Warlock and Quilter

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