Prelude & Deodato 2
Themes from The Exorcist, The French Connection, The Sting and other great films & Flashpoint
Hiroshima & Odori
Fairy Dance (arr Mattias Holst, 1769-1854)
She never told her love (Joseph Haydn, 1732-1809) words: Shakespeare
One half o' the world (James Hook, 1746-1827) words: Charles Dibdin
Waly waly (Anon) words: Anon **
Crazy Jane (Harriet Abrams, 1758-1821) words: M Lewis
Robin Adair (George Kiallmark, 1781-1835)
Captivity (Stephen Storace, 1762-1796) words: The Revd Mr Jeans **
Que j'aime voir les hirondelles (Anon) words: Anon *
Fandango (Ann Thicknesse, 1737-1824)
Queen Mary's Lamentation (Tommaso Giordani, 1730-1806) words: Anon **
Song from Burns (Anon) words: Robert Burns *
African Song (G G Ferrari, 1759-1842) words: Georgiana Cavendish
Hindoo Song (Edward Smith Biggs, d.1820) words: Amelia Alderson Opie **
Overture to Rodelinda (Handel, 1685-1759, arr Anon, 1755)
The Irishman (Anon) words: possibly Charles Dibdin **
The Wife's Farewell (Michael Kelly, 1762-1826) words: M G Lewis *
The Husband's Return (Michael Kelly) words: probably M G Lewis
Nobody coming to marry me (Anon) words: Anon
Favorite Song from The Stranger (Georgiana Cavendish, 1757-1806) words: R B Sheridan **
The Whim of the Day (James Hook) words: Charles Dibdin
Les petits riens (J B Cramer, 1771-1858)
* denotes the three songs that Jane's niece Caroline recalled as her aunt's particular favourites
Amanda Pitt (soprano)
John Lofthouse (baritone)
David Owen Norris (piano)
World premiere recordings, except tracks **
Recorded at the Music Room, Hatchlands, Surrey, 18-19 November 2009
"David Owen Norris breathes new life into recently discovered manuscripts"
"... a delightful collection of music drawn from 17 music albums that belonged to Jane Austen and other ladies of the family."
"The piano used is a Broadwood instrument of 1817, signed by composer J.B.Cramer. If these two names ring a bell it is because you have come across them in 'Emma', published just two years earlier."
"David Owen Norris projects a wide spectrum of emotion on the instrument ... both fresh and redolent of the bygone age."
"The soprano, Amanda Pitt, delivers her items with sincerity and warmth, as well as a wide-ranging variety of sentiment."
"This is an enjoyable programme, suitable for a wider audience beyond the specialist."
The Regency World of Jane Austen magazine, September 2011
This collection will no doubt be required listening for dedicated Jane Austen fans.
Marcuse, American Record Guide, March/April 2012
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