Ola Gjeilo: The Lake Isle

Let’s start the week with Ola Gjeilo’s setting of some of the verses of Yeats’ The Lake Isle of Innisfree. in his remarks introducing the piece Gjeilo says: Guitar is one of my absolute favourite instruments, and I love the sound of guitar and piano doubling each other in rhythmic patterns, which happens a lot…

The Georgia Boy Choir – A Red, Red Rose

The Georgia Boy Choir singing The Red, Red Rose, by James Mulholland. This performance was recorded on May 23, 2015, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the beginning of its China Tour during the wedding of Hannah Jordan LoRusso and Duane Griffith Rivaud White at Tenth Presbyterian Church. If you’re not familiar with it "A Red, Red…

Cole Porter (1891-1964): The tale of the oyster – Grant Doyle

Porter’s ‘Tale of the oyster’ received it’s first airing in 1929 in a show called ‘Fifty Million Frenchmen‘. Like many of Porter’s songs the ‘tale’ excoriates the snobbery and social climbing of New York ‘society’ and I suspect that this was why Gilbert Seldes who knew which side his bread was buttered on dismissed it…

Granville Bantock (1868-1946): A Hebridean Symphony

Bantock’s Hebridean Symphony was an undertaking of love; love for his native Scotland, love for the music of Scotland, and love for the beauty of the land, especially, and obviously, the inner and outer islands of the Hebrides. Per Keith Anderson, who wrote the liner notes for the album from which this performance was taken,…

Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957): Rakastava (The Lover)

Sibelius is best known for his seven symphonies and numerous tone poems but he wrote a great deal of excellent music in other genres including choral music. In fact he was interested in choral throughout his active career – he wrote his first choral songs while he was studying at the Helsinki Music Institute in…

Patrick Hawes (Born 1958): Faint with love

The fourth in Hawes’ exquisite cycle of songs based upon the Song of Songs – enjoy :-. mfi Patrick Hawes (Born 1958): Faint with love Faint with love, My heart, faint with love— so faint. I am falling, yearning, for your touch. Faint with love, My heart, faint with love— so faint. In your shadow…

Patrick Hawes (Born 1958): Rhapsody

This is the second of Hawe’s cycle of five songs based upon the Song of Songs that collection of desert love poetry which prefigures Christianity and provides it with "a language of love that is both sensual and spiritual, of earth and of heaven". Rhapsody’s urgent driving rhythms capture the text’s sense of anticipation perfectly.…

Patrick Hawes (Born 1958): Love’s promise

This is the first of a cycle of five songs based upon the Song of Songs that collection of desert love poetry which prefigures Christianity and provides it with "a language of love that is both sensual and spiritual, of earth and of heaven". Hawes’ five songs take the original texts and using a little…