Australian Art SongsMARGARET SUTHERLAND (1897-1984): 4 Blake Songs, 6 Songs, 6 Songs to the Poems of Judith Wright, PEGGY GLANVILLE-HICKS (1912-1990): Profiles from China, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, LINDA PHILLIPS (1899-2002): 2 Hebrew Songs, GEOFFREY ALLEN (b.1927): Remembered Love, Op. 62, RAYMOND HANSON (1913-1976): 2 Songs, Op. 7, This is my delight, Op. 14.
Catalogue Number: 08Q055
Label: Stone Records
Description: The majority of this disc is given over to Sutherland a student of Bax among others and no matter the date of the songs, she is basically in the 20th century English song tradition (as are Hanson and Allen) so collectors of that genre need not hesitate. Glanville-Hicks, more widely travelled, is in a more up-to-date style, her neo-classical precision and rhythms encouraged by Nadia Boulanger finding apt companions in the epigram-length poetry of Wallace Stevens and the American Eunice Tietjen's Chinese-inspired texts. The seven pages of notes are impressive in discussing the poets and their poetry as much as the music and add much to one's enjoyment of both. Texts included. Lisa Harper-Brown (soprano), David Wickham (piano).