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composed by Arnold Bax, Arthur Somervell, Benjamin Britten, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, Charles Villiers Stanford, Eric Coates, Gustav Holst, Lennox Berkeley, Liza Lehmann, Lord Berners, Peter Warlock, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Roger Quilter, William Walton

This two-disc set entitled An Anthology of English Song is just what it says it is: a very generous collection of 53 selections drawn from 13 separate discs of songs by English composers from Stanford to Britten. Some were first issued in the '90s on the late Collins label. Some were first issued in the 2000s on the vibrant Naxos label. But all are superbly sung by the cream of English art song singers. The performances here are each superlative in their own ways and some of them compare with the best ever made. Simon ...

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  1. A Soft Day, for voice & piano, Op. 140/3
  2. Irish Skies, for voice & piano, Op. 140/6
  3. Cherry Ripe (arr. of aria by Chas. Ed. Horn)
  4. Mustard and Cress
  5. The Lily of a day, for voice & piano
  6. Henry King, for voice & piano (from Four Cautionary Tales and a Moral)
  7. Fain would I change that note, for voice & piano
  8. In Summertime on Bredon
  9. The lads in their hundreds
  10. James Lee's Wife: Among the rocks
  11. It Was a Lover and His Lass, partsong for female chorus
  12. The Water Mill, song for voice & piano (Poems by Fredegond Shove No. 4)
  13. On Wenlock Edge the wood's in trouble, song for tenor, piano & string quartet (or tenor & orchestra) (On Wenlock Edge No. 1)
  14. The Call ("Come, my way"), song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (or organ) (Mystical Songs No. 4)
  15. Silent Noon ("Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass"), song for voice & piano (The House of Life No. 2)
  16. Songs (12) for voice & piano, Op. 48, H. 174: Now in these fairylands
  17. The Dream-City, for soprano & orchestra, H. 174 (arr. by C. Matthews from "12 Songs")
  18. Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 4. H. 14: Margrete's Cradle Song
  19. The Heart Worships, song for voice & piano, H. 95
  20. Take, o take those lips away, song for voice & piano, Op. 23/4
  21. Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, for voice & piano, Op. 3/2
  22. Love calls through the summer night, for 2 voices & piano (from Love at the Inn)
  23. I will go with my father a-plowing, Op. 22/1
  24. Three Songs (Three Sea-Shanties), for voice & piano
  25. O dear! What can the matter be?, for voice & piano
  26. The Grenadier
  27. The Young Lover, for voice & piano
  28. Betty and Johnny, for voice & piano
  29. Rise up and reach the stars, for voice & piano
  30. The Bells, for voice & piano, Op. 14/2
  31. Ann's Cradle Song, for voice & piano, Op. 20/1
  32. As I Lay in the Early Sun, for voice & piano
  33. The Cherry Tree, for voice & piano
  34. Dusk, for voice & piano
  35. Peter Warlock's Fancy
  36. Frostbound Wood, for voice & piano
  37. Chopcherry, for voice & piano (Peterisms, Set 1, No. 1)
  38. A Sad Song, for voice & piano (Peterisms, Set 1, No. 2)
  39. Rutterkin, for voice & piano (Peterisms, Set 1, No. 3)
  40. Bethlehem Down, for voice & piano
  41. A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table, song cycle for soprano & piano or orchestra: Wapping Old Stairs
  42. Façade, for reciter & ensemble: Long Steel Grass
  43. Façade, for reciter & ensemble: Tango - Pasodoble
  44. Popular Song, song for voice & piano (from "Façade")
  45. Beatriz's Song, for voice and guitar or strings (from radio music for "Christopher Columbus")
  46. Lay your sleeping head my love, for high voice & piano, Op. 14/2b
  47. Early one morning, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. V)
  48. The foggy, foggy dew, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. III)
  49. On this Island, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 11: Now the leaves are falling fast
  50. Tell me the Truth about Love, for voice & piano (Cabaret Songs)
  51. Winter Words, song cycle for tenor & piano, Op. 52: The Choirmaster's Burial
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