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Songs to the Moon

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» April 2016

Songs to the Moon

Brahms - Faure - Saint-Saens - Schumann

 Allan Clayton
 Mary Bevan
 Myrthen Ensemble

Described by The Telegraph as “the creme de la creme of young British-based musical talent”, and praised in BBC Music Magazine for their “irresistible combination of arresting programing and vocal flair assembled around pianist Joseph Middleton”, the newly formed Myrthen Ensemble brings together rising stars in the world of art-song and Lieder. This disc features performances by Mary Bevan, Clara Mouriz, Allan Clayton, Marcus Farnsworth and Joseph Middleton.


Joseph Middleton writes to introduce the recording:The moon has, since antiquity, inspired artists, musicians and wordsmiths. The programme on this disc looks to its many characteristics for inspiration. The songs are at turns consoling, sometimes seductive in serenades and occasionally paint the moon as a threatening force through its extinguishing of the suns rays. The moon’s silver beams cast their magic in music by Brahms and Schumann in the first of these CDs and in the second, inspire the exquisite treatment of Clair de lune by a selection of the finest French song composers. Short English nocturnal overtures begin each disc.”


What people are saying

4* - "This is a lovely disc, one of those in which the different items seem to set each other off." - Planet Hugill, May 2016

"A particular attraction is the inclusion of less well-known duets and quartets, which add to the convival atmosphere." - Financial Times, April 2016

"An absolute and total gem." - Classical Nowhere, April 2016

"There is much to relish...and for those, like me, who love art-song as much as the Myrthen Ensemble do, you know even better is to come." Music Web International, August 2016

"The four voices blend beautifully in quartets."Gramophone, August 2016

Myrthen Ensemble

Mary Bevan • Clara Mouritz
Allan Clayton • Marcus Farnsworth
Joseph Middleton piano

Release date: 30th Mar 2016
Order code: SIGCD443
Barcode: 635212044322

1.The NightPeter Warlock2.11
2.Nachtens, Op. 112 No. 2Johannes Brahms1.45
3.Vor der Tur, Op. 28 No. 2Johannes Brahms1.58
4.Unbewegte laue Luft, Op. 57 No. 8Johannes Brahms4.07
5.Der Gang zum Liebchen, Op. 31 No. 3Johannes Brahms3.15
6.Walpurgisnacht, Op. 75 No. 4Johannes Brahms1.32
7.Standchen, Op. 106 No. 1Johannes Brahms1.43
8.Der Abend, Op. 64 No. 2Johannes Brahms3.51
9.Vergebliches Standchen, Op. 84 No. 4Johannes Brahms1.43
10.Unterm Fenster, Op. 34 No. 3Robert Schumann1.26
11.Mondnacht, Op. 39 No. 5Robert Schumann4.07
12.Zwei Venetianische Lieder, Op. 25 No. 17: Leis rudern hierRobert Schumann1.58
13.Zwei Venetianische Lieder, Op. 25 No. 18: Wenn durch die PiazzettaRobert Schumann1.16
14.Die Lotosblume, Op. 25 No. 7Robert Schumann1.49
15.In der Nacht, Op. 74 No. 4Robert Schumann5.20
16.Nocturne, Op. 13 No. 4Samuel Barber3.32
17.Sun, Moon and StarsElizabeth Machonchy3.51
18.Clair de lune, Op. 83 No. 1Joseph Szulc3.25
19.Damunt de tu nomes les florsFederico Mompou4.22
20.Guitares et mandolinesCamille Saint-Saens1.49
21.ApparitionClaude Debussy3.48
22.La nuit, Op. 11 No. 1Ernest Chaussan2.47
23.7 Chansons grises, No. 5: L?heure exquiseReynaldo Hahn2.51
24.La fuiteHenri Duparc2.15
25.Revons, c'est l'heureJules Massenet5.04
26.Clair de lune, Op. 46 No. 2Gabriel Faure2.56
27.Pleurs dlor, Op. 72Gabriel Faure2.47
28.Tarentelle, Op. 10 No. 2Gabriel Faure2.17