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02/12/2012

Helen Watts -&- Thurston Dart. "Songs for Courtiers & Cavaliers" - L'Oiseau-Lyre 1956

Caccini:  Dolcissimo sospiro  ~  Calestani:  Damigella tutta bella ~ Folgorate  ~  Cifra:  In quel gelato core  ~  Grandi:  Vientene, o mia crudel
d'India:  Infelice Didone ~ Torna il sereni zeffiro

Henry Lawes:  A Complaint against Cupid ~ No constancy in man ~ An eccho ~ Tavola: In quel gelato core ~ Parting ~ Dissuasion from presumption ~ Sufferance ~ Among rosebuds ~ A lady to a young courtier ~ I prithee send me back my heart
Hymns to the Holy Trinity: Hymn to God the Father ~ Hymn to God the Son ~ Hymn to God the Holy Ghost      
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Helen Watts, Contralto  - with  Thurston Dart, harpsichord -&- chamber organ  
L'Oiseau-Lyre  OL 50128   c.1964 LP.  Matrices: TT 379 -1B / TT 380 -1B   Recorded: c.June 1956 - Decca West Hampstead Studios ??
A very fine (and well recorded) recital - the 'Didone' lament is splendid - as are Crofts 'Hymns'.      Not on CD       Sleeve-note >>>




2 comments:

  1. hello, dear Tin Ear.
    i was inspired for a while after reading the title 'Hymn to God the Father' and hoping to find an alternative setting of Donne's verse (the well known one is by Pelham Humfrey).
    alas, this one comes from the completely unknown John Crofts. anyway Henry Lawes' music couldn't much than enough.

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    1. see: Henry Lawes: Cavalier Songwriter - on Google Books - where John Crofts is mentioned as "Cup-Bearer to his late Majesty" and these Hymns are referred to..

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