Butterworth, G Complete Butterworth Songbook

A truly enterprising tribute to Butterworth’s subtle art

Author: 
John Steane

Butterworth, G Complete Butterworth Songbook

  • (6) Songs from A Shropshire Lad, Loveliest of trees
  • (6) Songs from A Shropshire Lad, When I was one-and-twenty
  • (6) Songs from A Shropshire Lad, Look not in my eyes
  • (6) Songs from A Shropshire Lad, Think no more, lad
  • (6) Songs from A Shropshire Lad, The lads in their hundreds
  • (6) Songs from A Shropshire Lad, Is my team ploughing?
  • Haste on, my Joys!
  • (11) Folksongs from Sussex, Yonder stands a lovely creature
  • (11) Folksongs from Sussex, A blacksmith went out
  • (11) Folksongs from Sussex, A lawyer went out
  • (11) Folksongs from Sussex, Come my own one
  • (11) Folksongs from Sussex, A brisk young sailor courted me
  • (11) Folksongs from Sussex, Tarry trousers
  • I will make you brooches
  • Love Blows as the Wind Blows, In the year that's come and gone
  • Love Blows as the Wind Blows, Life in her creaking shoes
  • Love Blows as the Wind Blows, Fill a glass with golden wine
  • Love Blows as the Wind Blows, On the way to Kew
  • I fear thy kisses
  • (11) Folksongs from Sussex, Sowing the seeds of love
  • (11) Folksongs from Sussex, The cuckoo
  • (11) Folksongs from Sussex, Seventeen come Sunday
  • (11) Folksongs from Sussex, Roving in the dew
  • (11) Folksongs from Sussex, The true lover's farewell
  • Requiescat
  • Bredon Hill and other songs from 'A Shropshire Lad, Bredon Hill
  • Bredon Hill and other songs from 'A Shropshire Lad, O fair enough are sky and plain
  • Bredon Hill and other songs from 'A Shropshire Lad, When the lad for longing sighs
  • Bredon Hill and other songs from 'A Shropshire Lad, On the idle hill of summer
  • Bredon Hill and other songs from 'A Shropshire Lad, With rue my heart is laden

The label is Mark Stone’s, his the informative notes, and he is of course also the very good singer: we are much indebted to him. Most of us know Butterworth in association with AE Housman – the Shropshire Lad Rhapsody and the six songs, with possibly a few additional songs such as “Bredon Hill”. As for Butterworth’s life, as Mark Stone says, what is still best known about that is his death at the age of 31 on the Western Front in 1916. Its poignancy is driven home by this collection of his songs, which helps greatly to clarify an individuality both sympathetic and distinctive.

It will also do no harm at all to Mark Stone’s already considerable reputation as a singer. As many amateur baritones will have discovered, the Shropshire Lad songs do not always sit as comfortably on the voice as may be supposed. The third song, “Look not in my eyes”, is an example, and it suits Mark Stone admirably. Stephen Barlow is his excellent pianist and together they give a particularly fine performance of “On the idle hill of summer”, the masterpiece among the Housman settings. Enjoyable too are the folksong arrangements, and an unexpected bonus is a short piece of film (playable on the CD through a computer) in which Butterworth is seen dancing.

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