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The first-ever recording of songs by Ronald Corp! The disc features music from throughout Corp s composing career, including large cycles of songs to the poetry of Housman and Whitman and a set of songs about London, which Stone and Lepper performed at London s Wigmore Hall. There are several single songs, ranging in tone from sacred to devilishly funny, and the remaining songs are taken from his larger scale choral works Kaleidoscope and Cornucopia.

1. Flower of Cities, for voice & piano: 1. To the City of London
2. Flower of Cities, for voice & piano: 2. The Distant Prospect
3. Flower of Cities, for voice & piano: 3. Sonnet Composed Upon Westminster Bridge
4. Flower of Cities, for voice & piano: 4. London
5. Flower of Cities, for voice & piano: 5. Glide Gently
6. Flower of Cities, for voice & piano: 6. London is a Fine Town
7. Flower of Cities, for voice & piano: 7. To the City of London (reprise)
8. Sleep, for voice & piano
9. The Owl and the Pussycat, for voice & piano
10. Songs from Cornucopia, for voice & piano: 1. The Irish Pig
11. Songs from Cornucopia, for voice & piano: 2. Weep You No More, Sad Fountains
12. Songs from Cornucopia, for voice & piano: 3. Sensitive, Seldom and Sad
13. Songs from Cornucopia, for voice & piano: 4. The Ship of Rio
14. Break, Break, Break, for voice & piano
15. Give to my Eyes, Lord, for voice & piano
16. The Music of Housman, for voice & piano: 1. Into My Heart an Air That Kills
17. The Music of Housman, for voice & piano: 2. Oh, When I Was in Love with You
18. The Music of Housman, for voice & piano: 3. It Nods and Curtseys and Recovers
19. The Music of Housman, for voice & piano: 4. You Smile Upon Your Friend To-Day
20. The Music of Housman, for voice & piano: 5. Now Hollow Fries Burn Out to Black
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Product Details

  • Composer: Ronald Corp
  • Audio CD (August 9, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stone Records
  • ASIN: B004A8VT9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,485 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 10, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Ronald Corp's gift for melody is nowhere more obvious than in these song cycles contained in this finely recorded CD. Though to most, Corp's major works are choral, especially those written for boys choir (Corp is also an Anglican Priest), this recording brings together some of his very strong work for the solo voice. Baritone Mark Stone and pianist Simon Lepper have obviously worked closely with Corp: their attention to the spectrum of color and of melody and the references Corp makes to both composers and poets of the past is evident. The content recorded here included 39 songs - four cycles and six extra songs - and so we have a taste of the lighthearted as well as the serious modes of the composer's range.

'Flower of Cities, the first of the four cycles, is devoted to London, opening and closing with words from William Dunbar's tribute, the text which Walton used in his seriously neglected cantata In Honour of the City of London. Other songs set words by Byron, Wordsworth, Blake and Carey. It is notable that Corp is never afraid of using extremely well-known words for his songs, hoping to add something to well known lines. The accompaniments are neatly illustrative, as for example the sound of water imitated in the accompaniment to Wordsworth's poem, 'Glide gently'. The Housman cycle consists of 12 brief settings, each with a clear, sharp idea, while the Whitman cycle has 10 songs, preceded by another Whitman setting, the best known of all, 'Toward the Unknown Region'. Choice of poems could hardly be more eclectic, with Edward Lear's 'The Owl and the Pussycat', alongside 'The Bath', from Harry Graham's Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes.
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