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Lark in the Clear Air: Traditional Songs


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A whole disc of choral arrangements of folk tunes could be too much--except in this case, the choir is the excellent Cambridge Singers, and the well-chosen arrangements cover a variety of composers and styles. Among the arrangers are Rutter, Vaughan Williams, and Daryl Runswick; the repertoire includes a hauntingly gorgeous "She moved through the fair" and 23 other selections. --David Vernier

1. I know where I'm going
2. She moved through the fair
3. The lark in the clear air
4. Down by the sally gardens
5. Dashing away with the smoothing iron
6. The spring time of the year
7. The sprig of thyme
8. The bold grenadier
9. The British Grenadiers
10. The dark eyed sailor
11. The keel row
12. The girl I left behind me
13. Just as the tide was flowing
14. The cuckoo
15. O waly, waly
16. She's like the swallow
17. The lover's ghost
18. Willow song
19. The willow tree
20. Wassail song
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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Members of the London Sinfonia
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Composer: Anonymous, Irish Traditional, English Traditional, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Traditional, et al.
  • Audio CD (September 13, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collegium
  • ASIN: B0000031HX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K. Farrington on April 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In this review I am going to be exceptionally candid! This CD is a wonderfully arranged and performed set of traditional songs that will be treasured by any lover of this delicate yet vigorous music. I was a child of post war England in a poor suburb of South East England and our music teacher used to make us sing these songs which came from The National Song Book and from the folk song collectors, notably Vaughan Williams who put so much of this national flavor into his two collections, 'The English Hymnal' and 'Songs of Praise'. Before our generation the BBC had set up a radio programme called 'Listen with Mother' which we followed the established tradition of listening to them in those years of austerity (its funny you know, but we did not seem to get bored like they do today) on November evenings when the pea souper fogs swirled around the blue mercury lamps as the coal glowed orange in the grate. This music transported us to May mornings, harvesting, landscapes peopled with grenadiers, young love sick swains tip toeing in forbidden rooms at night etc. from these bleak afternoons and gave us the promise of the return of the season when we will be able to walk the Downs under blue skies once more. They also made us think that we were part of a continuum of being young, loving, having children and growing old and dying on this misty offshore island as hundred of generations had done before us. This self-consciousness of these characteristics that made us English and in their understated passion they revealed to us the promises of adulthood together with its victories, disillusionments and inevitable tragedies. Alas, the powers that dictate the conventional wisdom today have consigned these songs to the trash basket of history in the name of multiculturalism and globalism.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Berk on September 27, 2000
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This is a collection of Irish, Scottish, and English folk songs beautifully caressed by The Cambridge Singers under the masterful direction of John Rutter. He seems to possess an uncanny ability to create a uniquely lush and lyrical sound with a choir.
In listening to these songs, I find that they have the capacity to simultaneously evoke feelings of melancholy and joy, and, ultimately leave me to conclude that I have been visited by sheer beauty.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ukegirl on August 6, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I love this CD with a passion. I've owned it since it came out new in 1993. The folk songs and traditional songs sung by the Cambridge Singers remind you of a world gone by, when life was simpler, more romantic and more humble. John Rutter is a genius. I love his choral arrangements, they bring glowing new life to these gorgeous old songs. My favorites are Dashing Away With The Smoothing Iron, the title song Lark in the Clear Air, She's Like The Swallow, The Willow Tree, The Cuckoo Song, The Bold Grenadier, Down By The Sally Gardens, Golden Slumbers (no, not the Beatle song, this one is even prettier), and The Dark Eyed Sailor, but really ALL of them are beautiful.

I see this CD is no longer in print. What a shame. See if you can track one down gently used. My own is falling apart from years of use and will probably need replacing soon.

If there was one CD I could grab if my house caught on fire it would be this one. Highly, highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1999
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Beautifully sung under Rutter's usual masterful directions. Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron and the Dark Eyed Sailor were my favorites.
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