On Wenlock Edge


Andrew Kennedy performs Vaughan Williams’ great and innovative work, On Wenlock Edge, nearly one hundred years after its premiere performance in 1909. Written for tenor, piano and string quartet Williams explored a chamber combination previously unexplored by other English composers.

Followed by Ludlow & Teme and Songs of Eternity & Sorrow Op.36 by Ivor Gurney & Ian Venables, this disc provides the listener with renditions from three great English composers ranging from the late nineteenth- century to the present day, performed beautifully by Andrew Kennedy, Simon Crawford-Phillips & the Dante Quartet.

Kennedy has a big, bright, expressive tenor voice and uses it with fervour, delicacy and imagination … A thoughtfully realised recital – The Independent on Sunday

Kennedy’s young tenor sounds utterly at ease in this CD of Housman settings by Vaughan Williams, Ivor Gurney and Ian Venables … his musicianship is appealing, and the Dante Quartet accompany with gusto – The Times

The first of what I hope will be a flood of Vaughan Williams CDs to mark the 50th anniversary of his death has arrived, and very fine it is too … Kennedy copes marvellously with the music’s kaleidoscopic, constantly changing moods … Venables’s four settings come as an unexpected bonus, and cap an outstanding CD no lover of British music should miss – The Mail on Sunday

Venables’ songs are sharply responsive to the weight and meaning of every word, and his style … around Kennedy’s voice like a glove … The tenor handles the texts superbly, making every word perfectly clear – The Guardian

This is a powerful cycle, worth hearing. All the participants respond well to its requirements, as they do to the Vaughan Williams and Gurney songs – International Record Review

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Andrew Kennedy tenor

Simon Crawford-Phillips piano

Dante Quartet

RELEASE DATE: 07/01/2008
BARCODE: 635212011225

1. On Wenlock Edge Ralph Vaughan Williams

2. From far, from eve and morning Ralph Vaughan Williams

3. Is my team ploughing Ralph Vaughan Williams

4. Oh, we I was in love with you Ralph Vaughan Williams

5. Bredon Hill Ralph Vaughan Williams

6. Clun Ralph Vaughan Williams

7. When smoke stood up from Ludlow Ivor Gurney

8. Fair in a western brookland Ivor Gurney

9. ‘Tis time, I think, by Wenlock town Ivor Gurney

10. Ludlow Fair Ivor Gurney

11. On the idle hill of summer Ivor Gurney

12. When I was one and twenty Ivor Gurney

13. The Lent Lily Ivor Gurney

14. Easter Hymn Ian Venables

15. When green buds hang in elm like dust Ian Venables

16. Oh who is that young sinner? Ian Venables

17. Because I liked you better Ian Venables

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