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Down by the Salley Gardens: 20th Century English Songs

Down By The Salley Gardens: 20th Century English Songs


Bejun Mehta had a rich musical career even before he switched voice type from baritone to countertenor in the late 1990s. He had been an acclaimed boy soprano, studied as a cellist, and been a successful record producer, with his album of Janos Starker playing the Bach cellos suites winning a Grammy. As a countertenor he has forged an impressive international career since the turn of the century, joining the burgeoning ranks of outstanding countertenors that began to appear about that time. Mehta has a natural, unmannered voice that's strong and even throughout his range. Vaughan Williams' Bright is the ring of words puts both the power and subtlety of his voice on display. The album doesn't particularly showcase the coloratura suppleness of which he is capable, except in the goofy faux-Handelian setting of Old Mother Hubbard by Victor Hely-Hutchinson. These songs are notable for a straightforward, graceful lyricism that's well-suited to Mehta's unaffected voice. He brings plenty of expressiveness to...

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Track listings

  • 1. King David
  • 2. It Was A Lover And His Lass
  • 3. Down By The Salley Gardens
  • 4. Silent Noon
  • 5. Lord, What Is Man?
  • 6. Job's Curse
  • 7. Linden Lea
  • 8. Come Away, Death
  • 9. O Mistress Mine
  • 10. Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
  • 11. I Said To Love, Op. 19b: At Middle Field Gate In February
  • 12. Songs, Op. 22: The Widow Bird
  • 13. Songs, Op. 26: The Horseman
  • 14. The Little Boy Lost
  • 15. La Belle Dame Sans Merci
  • 16. Bright Is The Ring Of Words
  • 17. A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14: The Sigh
  • 18. Jillian Of Berry
  • 19. Set In The Manner Of Handel
  • 20. Take, O Take Those Lips Away
  • 21. Since We Loved
  • 22. Hey, Ho, The Wind And The Rain
  • 23. Music For A While
 
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
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  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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