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Songs My Father Taught Me and More Songs My Father Taught Me
Thomas Allen (baritone) and Malcolm Martineau (piano)
Two Hyperion CDs
Songs My Father Taught Me
Passing by (Robert Herrick/Edward PURCELL) [1'42]; The lark in the clear air (Sir Samuel Ferguson/Traditional arr. Phyllis TATE) [1'45]; My Dearest Heart (Sir Arthur SULLIVAN) [2'57]; Until (Edward Teschemacher/Wilfrid SANDERSON) [2'00]; Love’s Garden of Roses (Ruth Rutherford/Haydn WOOD) [3'35]; Drink to me only (Ben Jonson/TRADITIONAL arr. Roger QUILTER) [2'19]; It is only a tiny garden (Lillian Glanville/Haydn WOOD) [2'05]; Love, could I only tell thee (Clifton Bingham/J M CAPEL) [3'43]; A Mood (E J Macdermott/Alison TRAVERS) [2'49]; Smilin’ through (Arthur A PENN) [1'37]; The Lost Chord (Adelaide Procter/Sir Arthur SULLIVAN) [3'44]; The Holy City (Frederic E Weatherly/Stephen ADAMS) [5'07]; The Cheviot Hills (Jack Robson) [2'47]; On the banks of the Wabash, far away (Paul DRESSER) [3'11]; A Brown Bird Singing (Royden Barrie/Haydn WOOD) [2'31]; She is far from the land (Thomas Moore/Frank LAMBERT) [2'59]; In Summertime on Bredon (A E Housman/Graham PEEL) [3'32]; The Trumpeter (Francis Barron/J Airlie DIX) [3'22]; Bird of Love Divine (Kathleen Birch/Haydn WOOD) [1'57]; God’s Garden (Dorothy Frances Gurney/Frank LAMBERT) [2'09]; Till the boys come home (Lena Guilbert Ford/Ivor NOVELLO) [3'15]; Trees (Joyce Kilmer/Oscar RASBACH) [1'54]; The Old House (Frederick O’CONNOR) [2'20]; Bird Songs at Eventide (Royden Barrie/Eric COATES) [2'46]; I’ll walk beside you (Edward Lockton/Alan MURRAY) [2'31]
Sir Thomas Allen (baritone); Malcolm Martineau (piano)
Recorded in Champs Hill, West Sussex, on 18-20 January 2001
HYPERION CDA 67290 [70.35]



More Songs My Father Taught Me
Water o’ Tyne (Traditional) [1'33]; I heard you singing (Royden Barrie/Eric COATES) [2'40]; Will you go with me? (Herbert J Brandon, Phil Park/Alan MURRAY) [2'07]; A Cradle Song (Padraic Colum/Mary SHELDON) [1'23]; A Song of Sleep (Lord Henry SOMERSET) [2'32]; The Green Hills o’ Somerset (Fred E Weatherly/Eric COATES) [2'28]; Mountain Lovers (Fred E Weatherly/W H SQUIRE) [3'39]; I’ll sing thee songs of Araby (W G Wills/Frederic CLAY) [2'47]; Mother Machree (Rida Johnson Young/Chauncey OLCOTT, Ernest R BALL) [2'22]; Roses of Picardy (Fred E Weatherly/Haydn WOOD) [3'43]; There’s a long, long trail a-winding (Stoddart King/Zo ELLIOTT) [3'06]; The Old Brigade (Fred E Weatherly/Odoardo BARRI) [3'50]; Yes! let me like a soldier fall (Edward Fitzball/William Vincent WALLACE) [2'55]; Because (Edward Frederick Lockton/Guy D’HARDELOT) [1'54]; Love’s Old Sweet Song (G Clifton Bingham/J L MOLLOY) [3'47]; Star of God (Fred E Weatherly/Eric COATES) [2'38]; Friend o’ mine (Fred E Weatherly/Wilfrid SANDERSON) [2'56]; Simon the Cellarer (W H Bellamy/J L HATTON) [3'17]; Time to go (Fred E Weatherly/Wilfrid SANDERSON) [2'07]; Echo (Christina Rossetti/Lord Henry Somerset) [3'29]; The Songs of Today (Beresford Rode/T C STERNDALE BENNETT) [2'17]; Just a-wearyin’ for you (Frank Stanton/Carrie JACOBS-BOND) [2'18]; Down by the Sally Gardens (W B Yeats/Traditional, arr. HERBERT HUGHES) [2'03]; Orpheus with his Lute (William Shakespeare/Sir Arthur SULLIVAN) [3'06]; Kashmiri Song (Adela Florence Nicolson, née Cory/Amy WOODFORDE-FINDEN) [2'54]; In the Gloaming (Meta Orred/Annie Fortescue HARRISON) [2'22]; The Star of the County Down (Cathal McGarvey/Traditional, arr. Herbert HUGHES) [1'54]; A Perfect Day (Carrie JACOBS-BOND) [2'17]; She moved thro’ the fair (unaccompanied) (Padraic Colum/TRADITIONAL) [2'04];
Recorded in Champs Hill, West Sussex, on 8, 9 January 2002
Sir Thomas Allen (baritone); Malcolm Martineau (piano)
HYPERION CDA 67374 [79.00]

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The titles of these delightful volumes are not just marketing invention, though for the layman they describe the content pretty well. Sir Thomas’s father did indeed teach them to him and his amateur friends. And this commitment is reflected in the excellent performances.

They consist of over fifty songs by over thirty composers, mostly from the British Isles but with a handful of Americans and continentals. A few folk or traditional songs apart, they were composed between 1866 (Sullivan’s Orpheus With His Lute) and 1941 (Alan Murray’s Will You Go With Me?). The composers range from the famous to the completely forgotten.

The sleeve-notes are often interesting. For example, we learn that Lord Henry Somerset (Echo) was Comptroller of Queen Victoria’s household. J. L. Mulloy (Love’s Old Sweet Song) was an Irish barrister called to the English bar. Odoardo Barri (The Old Brigade) was an Irishman called Edward Slater who claimed to have fought at Solferino. Frederick Clay (I’ll Sing Thee Songs of Araby) introduced Gilbert to Sullivan. While Stephen Adams (The Holy City) was born James Mayrick, was five times mayor of Ryde, IOW, and a suspect for being Jack the Ripper [but see footnote]. Edward Purcell (Passing By) was no relative of Henry; but T. C. Sterndale Bennett (The Songs of Today) was a grandson of Sir William.

There is a good selection of better known figures too - Eric Coates, Haydn Wood and Wilfrid Sanderson, whose corner has been championed by my good friend Philip Scowcroft. Familiar names like W. H. Squire, J. L. Hatton, Amy Woodford-Finden, Graham Peel, Roger Quilter and even Ivor Novello appear. However, Philip apart, how many members can readily place Mary Sheldon, Anne Fortescue Harrison (Lady Arthur Hill), J. M. Capel or Alison Travers - though some of their songs still live?

As must be expected, some of them fall into a certain mould, and selected listening over several periods is recommended rather than large quantities at one time. However, collectively, they present a marvellous kaleidoscope of home entertainment from the Victorian and Edwardian Soirées, through the barrack rooms of the Great War to home listening on "the wireless". They are a valuable contribution to the overall picture of our musical heritage, and if some seem a trifle anachronistic or, in one case, a little "non-PC", what of it?

Stan Meares

see also Philip Scowcroft's review of volume 1


received February 2008

Mr John Mathews of Newport, Isle of Wight informs me that Stan Meares (or Hyperion) was in error and that Stephen Adams was not James Maybrick (1838-1889), several times Mayor of Ryde and suspect in the "Jack the Ripper" murders. He was instead Michael Maybrick (officially 1844, but now probably 1841-1913), the younger brother, a totally respectable and honourable man, who was Mayor of Ryde in his retirement.

Len Mullenger


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