English Song: John Carol Case



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The aristocrat of English baritones’, said Michael Oliver. He was a versatile singer, with a repertoire that stretched from Fauré to Schoenberg, and his noble countenance made him perfect to sing Christ in Bach’s St Matthew Passion, his signature role. But his eloquent and lyrical voice, combined with his impeccable enunciation, also made him the ideal exponent of English song, qualities that are clearly demonstrated in these recordings of Elgar, Somervell and Butterworth. These recordings are taken from an early SAGA LP of Elgar songs dating from 1969 and his farewell solo recording for Pearl in 1974 featuring Somervell’s Maud and Six Songs from ‘A Shropshire Lad’.

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    MAUD (Tennyson)

  1. I hate the dreadful hollow   
  2. A voice by the cedar tree  
  3. She came to the village church   
  4. O let the solid ground  
  5. Birds in the high Hall-garden   
  6. Maud has a garden   
  7. Go not, happy day   
  8. I have led her home   
  9. Come into the garden, Maud   
  10. The fault was mine   
  11. Dead, long dead   
  12. O that ‘twere possible    
  13. Epilogue: My life has crept so long    



  1. Loveliest of trees   
  2. When I was one-and-twenty   
  3. Look not in my eyes   
  4. Think no more, lad   
  5. The lads in their hundreds   
  6. Is my team ploughing?    
EDWARD ELGAR (1857-1934)

  1. Twilight, Op. 59 No. 6 (G. Parker)   3.27
  2. Clapham Town End (Trad. ed. Percy)   3.15
  3. The River, Op. 60 No. 2 (‘P.D’Alba’)   3.30
  4. The Shepherd’s Song, Op. 16 No. 1 (B. Pain)  2.44
  5. Modest and Fair from The Spanish Lady (Jonson)   1.51
  6. Still to be neat The Spanish Lady (Jonson)   1.53
  7. Rondel, Op. 16 No. 3 (Longfellow, after Froissart)   1.44
  8. O Salutaris Hostia (ed. Percy Young)   4.41

Total time:  68'58"


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    Performance: *****
    Recording: ****
    A masterly interpreter of English song, John Carol Case is caught here very late in his career, though in fine voice.
    George Hall, BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2015

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    The beautiful drawn-out opening phrases of ‘Loveliest of trees’ immediately instils confidence….. It is worth buying the disc for this mini-cycle alone.
    Tully Potter, MusicWeb International, November 2015

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