Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano My True Love Hath My Heart - English Songs

My True Love Hath My Heart - English Songs

Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano

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Released on October 4, 2011 by Chandos

Main artist: Sarah Connolly

Genre: Classical

Distinctions: Hi-Res Audio (July 2013)

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Album : 1 disk - 19 tracks Total length : 01:02:49

    Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles" (Benjamin Britten)
  1. 1 Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles": Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles": No. 6. O Waly, Waly

    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Malcolm Martineau, piano Copyright : 2011 Chandos

  2. Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 4, "Moore's Irish Melodies"
  3. 2 Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 4, "Moore's Irish Melodies": Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 4, "Moore's Irish Melodies": No. 3. How sweet the answer

    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Malcolm Martineau, piano Copyright : 2011 Chandos

  4. Corpus Christi Carol (after A Boy was Born, Op. 3: Variation 5)
  5. 3 Corpus Christi Carol (after A Boy was Born, Op. 3: Variation 5)

    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Malcolm Martineau, piano Copyright : 2011 Chandos

  6. Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 5, "British Isles"
  7. 4 Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 5, "British Isles": Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 5, "British Isles": No. 4. Early one morning

    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Malcolm Martineau, piano Copyright : 2011 Chandos

  8. A Garland for de la Mare (Herbert Howells)
  9. 5 A Garland for de la Mare: King David

    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Malcolm Martineau, piano Copyright : 2011 Chandos

  10. Come sing and dance
  11. 6 Come sing and dance

    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Malcolm Martineau, piano Copyright : 2011 Chandos

  12. 3 Songs (John Ireland)
  13. 7 3 Songs: 3 Songs: No. 2. Her Song

    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Malcolm Martineau, piano Copyright : 2011 Chandos

  14. 2 Songs (text by P. Sidney)
  15. 8 2 Songs (text by P. Sidney): 2 Songs: No. 2. My true love hath my heart

    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Malcolm Martineau, piano Copyright : 2011 Chandos

  16. 2 Songs (text by A. Symons)
  17. 9 2 Songs (text by A. Symons): 2 Songs: No. 1. Tryst (In Fountain Court)

    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Malcolm Martineau, piano Copyright : 2011 Chandos

  18. 5 Elizabethan Songs (text by J. Fletcher) (Ivor Gurney)
  19. 10 5 Elizabethan Songs (text by J. Fletcher): 5 Elizabethan Songs: No. 4. Sleep

    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Malcolm Martineau, piano Copyright : 2011 Chandos

  20. By a Bierside
  21. 11 By a Bierside

    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Malcolm Martineau, piano Copyright : 2011 Chandos

  22. Gavotte (Herbert Howells)
  23. 12 Gavotte

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  24. Lost Love Song
  25. 13 Lost Love Song

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  26. More Songs of the Countryside (Michael Head)
  27. 14 More Songs of the Countryside: More Songs of the Countryside: No. 1. Foxgloves

    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Malcolm Martineau, piano Copyright : 2011 Chandos

  28. The First Mercy (Peter Warlock)
  29. 15 The First Mercy

    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Malcolm Martineau, piano Copyright : 2011 Chandos

  30. 3 Cotswold Songs (Michael Head)
  31. 16 3 Cotswold Songs: 3 Cotswold Songs: No. 1. Cotsworld Love

    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Malcolm Martineau, piano Copyright : 2011 Chandos

  32. A History of the The Dansant (Sir Richard Rodney Bennett)
  33. 17 A History of the The Dansant: No. 1. Foxtrot

    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Malcolm Martineau, piano Copyright : 2011 Chandos

  34. 18 A History of the The Dansant: No. 2. Slow Foxtrot

    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Malcolm Martineau, piano Copyright : 2011 Chandos

  35. 19 A History of the The Dansant: No. 3. Tango

    Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Malcolm Martineau, piano Copyright : 2011 Chandos

About

Sarah Connolly will probably win many hearts with this stellar album of English songs, My True Love Hath My Heart, and the same could be said for her accompanist Malcolm Martineau, who is a fabulous interpreter as well. Connolly's technique is seemingly flawless, and her mezzo-soprano is clean, crisp, and bright, yet full. Add to this excellent diction, and the results are interpretations that may well be definitive for years to come. British greats like Benjamin Britten are featured, and the four songs chosen here are probably familiar to many listeners. Early one morning sounds the most archaic in its character, as if influenced by Handel or the Baroque period. The sound quality of the recording on this first cycle is a bit too soft compared to the other tracks, which detracts from the listening experience. Herbert Howells appears twice with two sets of songs. King David is interpreted with an appropriately majestic piano that rolls the chords, and the Gavotte has graceful, nuanced, well-phrased lines, and a piano part that sets the mood for a courtly dance. Come sing and dance reveals a central strength of the recital, which is that Connolly's interpretations are operatic without going over the top; she knows when to sing out, as on the melismas, and when to use more restraint. John Ireland's songs are arguably the most exciting of the older pieces on the album (Richard Rodney Bennett's are from the late 20th century, and in 2011 he is the only composer is still living.) In Her song, which has a 1920s Austro-Germanic popular feel, and in Tryst, Connolly captures the mood of anticipation for a loved one. Michael (Dewar) Head is represented by two songs, and he gives singer and pianist a chance to show off their best, such as Connolly's canny emphasis of the right words in Foxgloves and Martineau's communicative piano interludes in Cotswold Love. A History of the Thé Dansant by Bennett is very different in character, as it was written in 1995, yet it fits well with the repertoire of the recording. One hears jazzy syncopations and wonderful rubato, such as in Tango, where Martineau plays out and takes center stage for a moment. This is a fantastic album, reflecting the mezzo-soprano's wise choice of repertoire that suits her voice perfectly.

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Details of original recording:

63:00 - DDD - Enregistré les 1 et 2 février 2011 à All Saints’ Church, East Finchley, Londres - Notes en français, anglais et allemand avec les textes chantés e nanglais
Benjamin Britten (1913–1976)
O Waly, Waly (de Folk Song Arrangements, Volume 3 / 1945–46)
How sweet the answer (de Folk Song Arrangements, Volume 4 / 1957)
Corpus Christi Carol (de A Boy Was Born, op. 3 / 1961)
Early one morning (de Folk Song Arrangements, Volume 5 / 1951–59)

Herbert Howells (1892–1983)
King David (1919, publié en 1923)
Come Sing and Dance (1927)
Gavotte (1919, publié 1927)
Lost Love (1934)

John Ireland (1879–1962)
Her Song (1925)
My true love hath my heart (1920)
Tryst (In Fountain Court / 1928)

Ivor Gurney (1890–1937)
Sleep (de Five Elizabethan Songs / 1914)
By a bierside (1916, publié en 1979)

Michael Head (1900–1976)
Foxgloves (de More Songs of the Countryside / 1932)
Cotswold Love (de Three Cotswold Songs / 1938)

Peter Warlock (1894–1930)
The First Mercy (1927)

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (né en 1936)
A History of the Thé Dansant (1994, publié en 1995)

Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano
Malcolm Martineau, piano


Disons qu’il existe deux grandes orientations dans l’adaptation de chansons folkloriques ou populaires : l’une consiste à harmoniser l’accompagnement de manière sobre et retenue – Howells, Ireland, Gurney –, l’autre à concevoir un accompagnement quasiment autonome, dans le style personnel de l’adaptateur, y compris avec ses modernismes apparemment incompatibles avec la mélodie initiale – Britten, Vaughan Williams –. Dans les deux cas la ligne mélodique est maintenue dans sa forme originale. Naturellement, ces deux pôles ne sont que des extrêmes et bien des compositeurs ont balancé entre l’un et l’autre.    La merveilleuse mezzo irlandaise Sarah Connolly nous propose un éventail complet de toutes les tendances britanniques de l’Entre-deux-guerres, de Britten et ses très personnelles extrapolations harmoniques, jusqu’à Gurney et Howells qui se sont attelés à distiller de la mélodie l’harmonie essentielle et naturelle. Citons également Peter Warlock et son adorable style néo-Renaissance – Warlock, un personnage obscur et singulier, adepte des langues celtiques, de la conduite de motos en tenu d’Adam, du cannabis, de la sorcellerie, de la flagellation et des limericks obscènes, mort à 36 ans, compositeur dont tout est encore à découvrir.    Pour finir, trois pièces récentes de Richard Rodney Bennett écrites en 1995, Une histoire du thé dansant contenant fox-trots et tango, un adorable pastiche néo-ravélien avec teintes jazzy à gogo : une magnifique découverte pour le public français !

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