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Louis Halsey

Early One Morning - Partsongs & Folk songs (2CD)

During the 1960s, Louis Halsey, together with the Elizabethan Singers and The Louis Halsey Singers, made a number of recordings of British choral music for Decca. Three LPs devoted to the music of Parry, Elgar, Stanford and Delius and of folk song settings by a range of British composers, are here collected on this 2CD set. All of this material released on CD for the first time.

Though his magnificent choral piece, "Jerusalem," eclipses much of his other work, Hubert Parry’s beautiful "Songs of Farewell," written during the last three years of his life must be counted among the masterpieces of English choral music. Diana McVeagh describes the Elgar choral songs as ‘elaborate, expansive and gorgeous as sheer sound’ and so they are in these wonderful performances. All but one of Delius’s partsongs were recorded for the original LP and the disc of folk songs arranged by Tippett, Williamson, Grainger, Vaughan Williams, Holst and other front-rank British composers is charming and amusing. Original LP notes (including a very persuasive one by Louis Halsey himself) are reprinted in the booklet.

CD 1
Songs of Farewell

Sweet love for me
My love’s an arbutus
Shall we go dance

As Torrents in Summer
My love dwelt in a Northern land
Go song of mine
O Wild West Wind
The Shower
Love’s Tempest
The Fountain
There is sweet music
Deep in my soul

CD 2
Midsummer Song
On Craig Dhu
To be sung of a summer night on the water
The splendour falls on castle walls

The Louis Halsey Singers

Captain Bover
A fair maid
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
I sowed the seeds of love
Wassail Song
Bushes and Briars
O Waly, Waly
Dance to your Daddy
Bobby Shaftoe
Adam Buckham O!
I love my Love
The Sailor and Young Nancy
Our Captain calls all hands
Bonny at Morn
Soul Cake
Down among the dead men
Brigg Fair
Early One Morning
Derwentwater’s Farewell

Elizabethan Singers
Owen Brannigan, bass
Wilfrid Parry, piano
Louis Halsey