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At Gramophone Magazine, in connection with the Gramophone Awards nominees for 2012, in a Podcast editor-in-chief James Jolly and critic Richard Fairman discuss the Solo Vocal Category, which features: Mark Padmore in Britten and Finzi (Harmonia Mundi), Roderick Williams in Britten (on Naxos), and a programme entitled 'Songs of War' from Simon Keenlyside (Sony Classical).


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Songs of War

The compact disc of Songs of War is scheduled for release at on 7 November 2011.

CD,, release date 15 November 2011

CD, Songs of War,

CD,, release date 15 November 2011

CD,, release date 15 November 2011

CD,, fecha de lanzamiento 8 de noviembre de 2011


1. John Ireland: Sea Fever

2. Athur Somervell: Into my heart an air that kills

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel
3. Youth and Love (No 4)
4. The Infinite shining heavens (No 6)

George Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad
5. Loveliest of Trees
6. When I was one-and-Twenty
7. Look not in my Eyes
8. Think no more, Lad
9. The Lads in their hundreds
10. Is my Team ploughing?

11. Arthur Somervell: There pass the careless people

12. Peter Warlock: The night

13. Arthur Somervell: White in the Moon

George Butterworth: Brendon Hill and other songs
14. On Bredon Hill
15. O fair enough are sky and plain
16. When the lad for longing sighs
17. On the idle hill of summer
18. With rue my heart is laden

19. John Ireland: The Vagabond

20. Anonymous/Ireland: The Three Ravens

21. Finzi: Fear no more the heat o' the sun

22. Frank Bridge: Thy Hand in mine

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel
23. The Vagabond (No 1)

24. Ned Rorem: An Incident

Ivor Gurney:
25. When death to either shall come
26. In Flanders

27. Arthur Somervell: The street sounds to the soldiers' tread

Kurt Weill:
28. Beat! Beat! Drums!
29. Dirge for two veterans


From an article by Jessica Duchen:

What can a musician do? Not much, Keenlyside says: "We're living in a time of seemingly endless wars and it's not my place to make any comment on the rights and wrongs of that. No one needs to be banged on the head about morality by an opera singer.

"But I wanted to do something, not just watch the news, so I'm trying to raise a little bit of money to help young soldiers who are not much older than my children. They're 22 or 23, coming back hurt, and they have to spend the next 60 or 70 years hurt." He is donating proceeds from the CD to a post-traumatic stress charity, Healing the Wounds.


At Classic FM, Simon Keenlyside talks about his recording Songs of War and other things.


Songs of War has won the Gramophone award for 2012 in the category Solo Vocal.


"A sober, intelligent CD, beautifully sung, immaculately accompanied."--Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk

"The handsome, burnished baritone of Simon Keenlyside brings out the nobility of these English-language settings."--Mark Valencia,

"THIS CD is a thoughtful and profound way to mark this weekend's Remembrance Sunday."--Paul Callan,, Verdict 5/5

Andrew Clark,, 4 stars

"It's a beautifully judged recording, exquisitely sung; poignant but never sentimental."--Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, at

"At 52, keenlyside [sic] is blessed with a voice that combines youthful brightness with dark mahogany, allowing him to declaim and whisper with equal impact, and to find extraordinary tonal variety between those extremes. Malcolm Martineauís playing is just as expressive . . .."--Sarah Noble,

"La riqueza de inflexiones y expresividad de matices de la voz de Keenlyside es capaz de comunicar de un modo sobrecogedor e hipnótico todo el ímpetu, violencia y fatalidad que trae consigo la guerra y demuestra que la perfección técnica es una maravillosa e impactante herramienta expresiva."--Patricia Godes,


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