Baritone Mark Stone releases the next instalment of The Complete Quilter Songbook on his own record label, Stone Records. The album sees him reunite with pianist Stephen Barlow.
Captured in the picturesque Champs Hill in Sussex, the recording spotlights the captivating folksong arrangements of Roger Quilter. Mark sings long celebrated arrangements from the Arnold Book of Old Songs, including Drink to me only with thine eyes, Barbara Allen, Charlie is my darling, My lady’s garden, and The Ash Grove. This repertoire stands alongside songs from Quilter’s light opera Love at the Inn, plus settings of German and French texts.
Gramophone called the first volume of the series, selected as an Editor’s Choice, “an outstanding disc of English song, making one look forward to the forthcoming issues in this Quilter songbook.” Classic FM painted the collection as “rich in nuance, sensual contrasts of colour and range of textual expression… collectively eloquent and ideally committed to extracting the essence of each song.”
This release follows two acclaimed recordings from Mark earlier in 2020, Thomas Adès’ Totentanz (Deutsche Grammophon) and Gerald Barry’s Beethoven (Signum).
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