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Down by the Salley Gardens

Down by the Salley Gardens
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AUDIO SAMPLES

  1. VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS: Silent Noon
  2. QUILTER: It was a lover and his lass

Down by the Salley Gardens (solo album), English songs, Julius Drake, piano. Harmonia Mundi HMC902093

Down by the Salley Gardens offers a vivid and varied cross-section of English song, ranging from the Edwardian aesthetic of Quilter and early Vaughan Williams to the intensely expressive style of Howells and Finzi. The Purcell realizations by Britten and Tippett, meanwhile, are products of two great 20th-century composers engaging with their musical heritage. In all these different styles, Bejun Mehta shows the same verbal and vocal mastery that won such acclaim for his debut Handel recital on harmonia mundi.

Album Reviews

*****BBC Music Magazine, November 2011

Mehta's singing is so heart-stoppingly beautiful and musically perceptive that you wish he had recorded whole cycles rather than just representative songs.
The Guardian, 1st September 2011 ****