|Carey Blyton: Lyrics from the Chinese
including Lachrymae—In Memoriam John Dowland
|Year of publication||2002|
|Type of work||CD recording|
|Performers||Ian Partridge, tenor; Jennifer Partridge, piano; Britten Sinfonia conducted by Nicholas Cleobury|
|1||Lyrics from the Chinese||Prelude for String Orchestra||1:40|
|2||Song 1: Aubade||2:49|
|3||Song 2: Drinking Song||0:35|
|4||Song 3: Song against the Duke Seuen||1:11|
|5||Song 4: Song at Evening||4:06|
|6||Interlude for Solo String Quartet||1:41|
|7||Song 5: Flower Song||1:23|
|8||Song 6: Sacrificial Song||0:40|
|9||Song 7: Nocturne||2:28|
|10||Postlude for String Orchestra||1:47|
|11||Lachrymae—In Memoriam John Dowland||Prelude||0:45|
|12||Song 1: Madrigal||1:49|
|14||Song 2: The Moon||1:35|
|16||Song 3: The Open Door||1:14|
|18||Song 4: The Sick Rose||1:48|
|20||Song 5: Sonnet||2:17|
|22||Dirge for St Patrick’s Night||4:30|
|23||Lyrics from the East||I: The Blast of Love||0:42|
|28||Two Pensive Songs||I: Two Stolen Roses||1:59|
|29||II: Come, Night||2:43|
|30||The Poetry of Dress||I: Whenas in silks my Julia goes||0:40|
|31||II: A sweet disorder in the dress||2:22|
|32||III: My love in her attire||0:42|
|34||Indigo Blues (A Colonial Song)||1:01|
Anyone with an ear for Vaughan Williams, Delius or Britten can’t fail to respond…
The last CD I listened to was Carey Blyton’s Lyrics from the Chinese, sung by Ian Partridge with Jennifer Partridge playing the piano. They are very dear friends and we love all their work.
—Prunella Scales, actress, Evening Standard’s Metro Life magazine, 60 Second Interview, 15th November 2002
This marvellous disc more than realises my wildest expectations … Lyrics from the East deserves an especial mention. These were written in 2000 for Ian and Jennifer Partridge, who perform them here. The Partridges interpret them beautifully, as they do the other pieces. This CD deserves to be heard and played, for it contains the very best music of a fine composer.
…this album has a craftmanship, freshness and variety that is surprising.
Carey Blyton […] is master of his musical idiom. There is often a dark intensity that is well expressed. There is nothing bland here. Vaughan Williams, Holst and Britten in particular come to mind.
The performances are outstandingly good and deeply sympathetic throughout and [show] very deep affinity with the music.