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In Praise of Woman

150 Years of English Women Composers

  • Miss LH of Liverpool: My Mother
  • Caroline Norton: Juanita
  • Virginia Gabriel: Orpheus
  • Annie Fortescue Harrison: In the gloaming
  • Maude Valérie White:
  • The Throstle
  • My soul is an enchanted boat
  • The Devout Lover
  • So we'll go no more a-roving
  • Teresa Del Riego: Slave Song
  • Liza Lehmann:
  • A widow bird sate mourning
  • Ah, moon of my delight
  • The Lily of a Day
  • Thoughts have wings
  • Henry King
  • Charles Augustus Fortescue
  • Amy Woodforde-Finden:
  • Till I wake
  • Kashmiri Song ('Pale hands I loved')
  • Ethel Smyth: Possession
  • Rebecca Clarke:
  • The Aspidistra
  • Shy One
  • Elizabeth Poston: In Praise of Woman
  • Elisabeth Lutyens: As I walked out one evening
  • Elizabeth Maconchy:
  • Have you seen but a bright lily grow?
  • Meditation for his Mistress
  • Madeleine Dring:
  • Crabbed age and youth
  • To the Virgins, to make much of Time
  • Phyllis Tate: Epitaph
Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenor
Graham Johnson, piano
Hyperion Helios CDH55159 79m DDD
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Hyperion are doing hard-up music lovers an inestimable favour by issuing swathes of their wonderful back catalogue on the budget price Helios label without any compromise to quality. 'In Praise of Woman' is a disc literally jam packed with a stunning variety of beautiful songs, mostly from the Victorian era but also including some illustrious contemporaries such as Madeleine Dring, Phyllis Tate and Rebecca Clarke.

Twenty seven numbers are sung with effete lyricism and vocal prowess by Anthony Rolfe Johnson who is succinctly accompanied by an in-form Graham Johnson. 'In Praise of Woman' is a window on lost time and definitely a must for all lovers of good vocal music.

Copyright © 2004, Gerald Fenech