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Ailish Tynan - soprano
James Gilchrist - tenor
David Owen Norris - piano

“ Clearly Herbert's taste in lyrics was above the average.” - MusicWeb International

• Muriel Herbert (1897 - 1984) studied with Charles Stanford and Roger Quilter at the Royal College of Music, London.   Her works consist mainly of songs inspired by poetry and works for violin and piano.   This album focuses on her songs.

• Herbert was inspired by the poetry of many including Yeats and Joyce whom she met on many occasions.   She was also intrigued by female poets such as Christina Rossetti.   These songs have been brought back to life thanks to Herbert's daughter - the biographer Claire Tomalin.   The songs are now all housed at the British Library Archive.

• The songs are hugely compelling and delightful and influences of one Herbert's favourite composers Debussy can be heard.   Many of these songs are premiere recordings.   Among the most popular are: Daffodils, Mirage, Autumn, Lost nightingale and Hips and haws.

• James Gilchrist is in demand as a recitalist and chorus member and is a regular voice on BBC Radio 3 and a popular performer at the BBC Proms.   He has sung at venues across Europe, America and the UK.   His voice has been described as pure and sensitive with an even and beautiful tone.   His first two solo albums on Linn Records were very well received; BBC Music Magazine listed “Oh Fair To See” as a Benchmark Recording, and “On Wenlock Edge” was a finalist in the Solo Vocal Album category at the 2008 Classic FM Gramophone Awards.

• In 2003 Ailish Tynan won the Rosenblatt Recital Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.   Other awards include the Maggie Teyte Competition, Miriam Licette Award and the RTÉ Millennium Singer of the Future.

• David Owen Norris has been a featured artist in the Gilmore Festival in Michigan and in the English Music Festival in Dorchester.   In 2008 he has given recitals from Edinburgh to Guernsey, including the City of London Festival, the Tate Gallery conference on Vauxhall Gardens, the Three Choirs Festival and Cheltenham.
MURIEL HERBERT (1897-1984)

  1. Loveliest of Trees A.E. Housman (1859-1936)     2.20
  2. Song - I cannot lose thee for a day George Meredith (1828-1909)     2.13
  3. The Crimson Rose Enid Clay (1881-c. 1960)
      (sister of Eric Gill, she published two volumes of poetry in 1925 & 1934)     1.47
  4. I hear an army charging (from Chamber Music,) James Joyce (1882-1941)     2.00
  5. Jour des Morts (Cimetiere Montparnasse) Charlotte Mew (1869-1928)     1.42
  6. She weeps over Rahoon James Joyce (from Pomes Pennyeach,)     2.30
  7. On a Time Anon - John Attye's First Book of Airs (1622)     2.01
  8. Have you seen but a white lily grow? Ben Jonson (1572-1637)     1.32
  9. I dare not ask a kiss Robert Herrick (1591-1674)     1.18
10. Horsemen Gerald Could (1885-1936)     1.52
11. To Daffodils Robert Herrick     2.44
12. How beautiful is night Robert Southey (1774-1843)     2.42
13. Renouncement Alice Meynell (1847-1922)     3.04
14. I think on thee in the night Thomas K. Hervey (1799-1859)     1.44
15. Faint Heart in a Railway Train Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)     1.15
16. Rose kissed me today Austin Dobson (1840-1921)     0.49
17. Lean out of the window (from Chamber Music) James Joyce     1.18
18. Love's Secret William Blake (1757-1827)     2.24
19. MS. of Benedictbeuern (Carmina Burana) 13th century trs. Helen Waddell     2.52
20. Autumn Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)     1.35
21. The Lost Nightingale Alcuin (736-804) trs. Helen Waddell     2.11
22. Jenny kiss'd me Leigh Hunt (1784-1859)     0.54
23. Children's Song 1: Merry-go-round Ada Harrison (1900-1958)     0.34
24. Children's Song 2: The Gypsies Ada Harrison     0.39
25. Children's Song 3: The Tadpole Ada Harrison     0.42
26. Children's Song 4: Jack Spratt Ada Harrison     0.44
27. Children's Song 5: Acorn and Willow Ada Harrison     0.52
28. Children's Song 6: The Bunny Ada Harrison     0.25
29. In the Days of November Ada Harrison     1.04
39. The Lake Isle of Innisfree W.B. Yeats (1865-1939)     2.22
31. David's Lament for Jonathan Peter Abelard (1079-1142) trs. Helen Waddell     2.44
32. Most Holy Night Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)     2.54
33. When Death to either shall come Robert Bridges (1844-1930)     1.29
34. Cradle Song A.C. Swinburne (1837-1909)     1.50
35. Violets George Meredith     1.42
36. Tewkesbury Road John Masefield (1878-1967)     2.33

Ailish Tynan soprano
James Gilchrist tenor
David Owen Norris piano

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