Great British Tenors


HTGCD286 – 5060332661176

Commercial recording arrived at the ideal time to capture a golden age of British tenor singing. A range of distinctive qualities had developed in the 19th century – firm yet elegant tone, emphasis on text and on clarity of diction – that characterised the British tenor voice. The worlds of opera, operetta, oratorio and popular song nourished the tradition and benefited from the succession of fine voices the country produced. The recordings presented here capture some of the most important voices of the early 20th century, and demonstrate the range of musical styles in which the British tenor sound could flourish.

This issue secures a unique position in today’s CD market.

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Maud Valerie White: To Mary Ben Davies

Purcell (ed. and arr. Duncan): The Knotting Song   John Coates

Quilter: Love's Philosophy and O mistress mine Gerwase Elwes

Wagner:  Winter storms have waned (Sigmund's Love Song - Die Walkure, Act IWalter Hyde

Leoncavallo:  On with the motley (I PagliacciFrank Mullings

Schubert: Who is Sylvia? Op. 106 No. 4 John McCormack

Lehar:  A heart as pure as gold (FredericaJoseph Hislop

Mendelssohn: Then shall the righteous (ElijahParry Jones

Warlock: As ever I saw Parry Jones

Liza Lehmann: Ah! Moon of my delight (In a Paradise GardenHubert Eisdell

Coleridge-Taylor:  Onaway! Awake, Beloved! (Hiawatha's Wedding FeastTudor Davies

Wallace: Yes! Let me like a soldier fall! (Maritana, Act IIWalter Widdop

Lehar:  Patiently smiling (The Land of SmilesDerek Oldham

Vaughan Williams: The Vagabond (Songs of TravelHeddle Nash

Vaughan Williams: Song of the Road (Hugh the DroverJames Johnston

Coleridge-Taylor: Eleanore, Op. 37 No. 6 Henry Wendon

Bizet:  Flower Song (Carmen, Act IIWebster Booth

Sullivan: Take a pair of sparkling eyes (The GondoliersWebster Booth

Schubert: Im Fruhling, D. 882 and Auf der Bruck, D. 853 Peter Pears

German: The English Rose (Merrie EnglandDavid Lloyd

Massenet: As I closed my eyes (Manon, Act IIWalter Midgley

Trad: The foggy, foggy dew and The briery bush Richard Lewis


Total time: 78 minutes


  1. admin

    ‘The choice of music included is imaginative, including operatic extracts in translation and songs by Warlock, Coleridge-Taylor and Liza Lehmann. The re-mastering is convincing and the notes are good . All in all this is worth having even if you already have earlier collections of British singers of this period issued by Dutton and others. If you do not have those discs this is even more worth having as an introduction to styles of singing that regrettably now seem to be largely lost.’
    MusicWeb International

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