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Songs My Father Taught Me Import

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Sir Thomas Allen makes the point in a note with this delightful collection of 25 ballads that he rates it beside his many recordings of music heavyweights like Wagner and Verdi. There is no need to justify his enthusiasm, for it is clear from the outset that he treats the music with the sort of complete respect that has made him one of our most-loved singers. It is too easy to be dismissive of this repertoire, but when it is taken at its own value and sung and played with honesty, as it is here, the results are heartwarming. Allen recalls hearing the songs in the family home following the two world wars, "a time when there seemed a need for reassurance." Perhaps that time is with us again, and these performances strike a chord. There are many old friends here and perhaps some new discoveries. Who can resist the beautifully constructed "Love, could I only tell thee" or that old potboiler "The Lost Chord", especially when given with such warmth? A picture shows Allen and family in full vocal spate. At the piano is his father, to whose memory he dedicates the disc. --Keith Clarke

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Passing By
  2. The Lark in the Clear Air
  3. My dearest heart, song for voice & piano
  4. Until
  5. Love's Garden of Roses
  6. Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, for voice & piano
  7. It is Only a Tiny Garden
  8. Love, Could I Only Tell Thee
  9. A Mood, for voice & piano
  10. Smilin' Through for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  11. The Lost Chord, song for voice & piano
  12. The Holy City, sacred ballad for voice & piano (or orchestra and chorus, ad lib)
  13. The Cheviot Hills, for voice & piano
  14. On the banks of the Wabash
  15. A Brown Bird Singing for voice & piano
  16. She Is Far From The Land
  17. In Summertime on Bredon for voice & piano
  18. The Trumpeter
  19. Bird of Love Divine, for voice & piano
  20. God's Garden, for voice & piano
  21. Keep the Home Fires Burning ('Till the Boys Come Home)
  22. Trees, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  23. The Old House
  24. Bird Songs at Eventide, song for voice & piano
  25. I'll Walk Beside You


Product Details

  • Performer: Thomas Allen
  • Composer: Edward Cockram Purcell, Phyllis Tate, Arthur Sullivan, Wilfrid Sanderson, Haydn Wood, et al.
  • Audio CD (March 12, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B00005Y0N9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By toronto on January 29, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is a spectacularly beautiful record -- there is a sequel as well. It is not just that it is excellently sung; it is the fact that it evokes a world of sentiment and poetry that is completely gone: piano songs of a pressed flower, pretty seriously schmaltzy, kind, but completely compelling. The kind of thing you have to hide from your cool friends. I keep this one playing a lot in the background, it is like having your own Victorian drawing room. "She is Far From the Land" is a favourite of mine, especially by John McCormack. This version is good too. "Love's Garden of Roses" is the one of the best here (from Hayden Wood, who also wrote "Roses in Picardy" -- the greatest of them all, not here, but on the sequel.). There is something special also about it being sung by a baritone -- you just feel comfortable all through......
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Sir Thomas Allen is undoubtedly a fine singer and I appreciate his selection of songs here. However, I can only recommend this cd with reservations. It sounds as if the mix here is poor--that the piano stands out too much and that Sir Thomas Allen is standing too far away from the mike. I hesitate to say this, but wonder if only one mike was used, positioned so as to give the piano too loud a sound. The quality or technical aspects of the recording may also have been amiss. My point is that I want to hear the vocal nuances of this talented singer, but cannot make them out. It is too bad that all of the elements are here for a very enjoyable record--excellent pianist, good arranagement, and expert singer--but that the quality of the recording itself diminishes the total effect greatly.
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By Limey on October 12, 2013
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Modern life gives us insufficient time "to stand and stare", so buy this wonderful album and just enjoy being transported to a bygone age. If you close your eyes, you could be sitting back in a salon in the late Victorian or Edwardian years, listening to (mostly) familiar and popular songs and music just for their beauty and enjoyment. Here you will find gems such as "Passing by", "The Lark in the Clear Air" and "In Summertime on Bredon", sung by the baritone Sir Thomas Allen. It is not particularly sophisticated or deep music but it is elegant, calming and delicious. If you enjoy it half as much as I did, it will be money well spent.
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