Cyril Scott’s songs are a decidedly under-explored area of Scott’s repertoire. A single disc such as this, which presents 24 songs, is therefore likely to interest the acquisitive and inquisitive collector of the British muse.
Scott can make a little go a long way. He gets a lot of mileage out of the oscillating chords of The Watchman but even better is the dreamy impressionism of Water-Lillies, to Scott’s own words, a kind of Monet in music. Evoking the appropriate accompaniment, Autumn’s Lute is certainly not the only setting rather obviously to draw the ear to the textual crux of a poem.
Charlotte de Rothschild is an able soprano, attentive to the lyrics and managing to deal justly with the various Scotts to be heard here – from the folklorist manqué to the full-on advanced harmonist via some whimsical moments. Adrian Farmer is a fine pianist.MusicWeb International - June 2018
|01.||Pierrot and the Moon Maiden|
|02.||Daffodils, Op. 68, No. 1|
|04.||Don't Come in Sir, Please!, Op. 43, No. 2|
|05.||Willows, Op. 24, No. 2|
|06.||In A Fairy Boat, Op. 61, No. 2|
|07.||Lovely Kind And Kindly Loving, Op. 55, No. 1|
|08.||Scotch Lullabye, Op. 57, No. 3|
|11.||Voices of Vision, Op. 24, No. 1|
|14.||A Valediction, Op. 36, No. 1|
|15.||Lullaby, Op. 57, No. 2|
|16.||The Unforeseen, Op. 74, No. 3|
|17.||A Lost Lost, Op. 62, No. 1|
|19.||Sorrow, Op. 36, No. 2|
|23.||An Old Song Ended|
|24.||The Valley of Silence, Op. 72, No. 4|
The Songs of Cyril Scott
A composer who writes songs arguably allows us into a very personal side of his or her character. An instrumental composition gives us access to a composer's imagination and invention as far as the composer chooses to let us see, but a song shows a composer's highly personal response to a text.
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