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Ian Bostridge - Shakespeare Songs CD (Antonio Pappano)


  • In a pairing of true vocal scholars, renowned tenor Ian Bostridge and eminent conductor-pianist Antonio Pappano unite to celebrate the Bard's 400th Anniversary year, offering a diverse selection of some of the best known and most attractive musical settings of Shakespeare texts composed in the four centuries since his death. From the music of Shakespeare's contemporaries, with delicate lute accompaniment, to the modern genius of Stravinsky's cycle for voice and chamber ensemble, each song is remarkable for the sensitivity with which the composer has approached the subtle nuances of the words, their shades of meanings and their delicacy of metrical rhythm.

    Songs on texts by William Shakespeare
    1-5. Gerald Finzi - Let us Garlands Bring
    6. William Byrd - Caleno Custure me
    7. Thomas Morley - It was a lover and his lass
    8. John Wilson - Take, o take those lips away
    9. Thomas Morley - O mistress mine
    10-11. Robert Johnson - Where the bee sucks / Full fathom five
    12. Franz Schubert - An Silvia D891
    13. Joseph Haydn - She never told her love
    14. Roger Quilter - Come away, death 
    15. Ivor Gurney - Under the Greenwood Tree
    16-17. Peter Warlock - Pretty Ring Time / Sweet and Twenty
    18-20. Erich Korngold - Desdemona's Song / Come away death / Adieu, good man devil
    21. Francis Poulenc - Fancie
    22. Benjamin Britten - Fancie
    23-25. Michael Tippett - Songs for Ariel
    26-28. Igor Stravinsky - Three Songs from William Shakespeare
    29. Anon - When that I was but a little tiny boy

  • Ian Bostridge (tenor)
    Antonio Pappano – piano (1-5, 12-25)
    Elizabeth Kenny – lute (6-11)
    Michael Collins – clarinet (26-28)
    Lawrence Power – viola (26-28)
    Adam Walker – flute (26-28)
    Running Time: 66:54 mins
    Year: 2016