ComposerCaradon, Gurney, Wickens Lord
ArtistHoward, Williams, Roberts, Foster Morton
LabelMynstrallsy (REPS 101)
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Picture of A recital of songs by Roger Lord, Sulyen Caradon, Ivor Gurney, & Dennis Wickens by Joanna Morton (sop); Colin Howard (tenor); Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone); Anna Roberts & Nigel Foster (piano) Artist: Howard, Williams, Roberts, Foster Morton

9 songs by Roger Lord (former oboist); 4 songs for children by Ivor Gurney; 6 songs by Sulyen Caradon in 2 sets of 3 ('Lowland Airs' & 'The Garden of Gaia); cycle of 7 songs by Dennis Wickens to poems by Thomas Wyatt ('The Heart Oppressed').

Lord's songs are mainly to poems by William Blake & WHAuden, & include a bluesy setting of the comic, 'Roman Wall Blues'.

Gurney (1890-1937) has 3 songs to poems by his friend, Robert Graves; and the 'Cradle Song' by W.B.Yeats.

Caradon's 'Lowland Airs' were written in memory of his mother;, while 'Garden of Gaia' songs are on ecological themes about our misuse of planet Earth.

The poet Thomas Wyatt, was imprisoned by King Henry VIII in the Tower of London for his suspected relationship with Anne Boleyn. This cycle is a set of love poems, possibly addressed to Anne, whose execution Wyatt witnessed from his room in the Tower.

Both Roger Lord (b.1924) & Dennis Wickens (b.1926) have featured regularly in the short-lists of the composing competitions of the English Poetry & Song Society, of which Caradon is Chairman.

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