THE HOME OF SPECIALIST MUSIC Supporting independant labels and artists from across the globe
All Genres | Ltd Editions | Signed CD's | Special Offers | Vinyl | Box Sets

Songs Of England

Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
Release Date:
Jewel Case
Catalog Number:
Songs Of England
Songs Of England


An original Decca recording of the soprano Jennifer Vyvyan in English song repertoire, coupled with traditional folksongs with another much-loved English singer of the 1950s and 60s, Norma Procter. I have no hesitation in giving pride of place this month to Songs of England Miss Vyvyan is always good and often very good, Ernest Lush is an admirable partner and the recording is of excellent quality. Gramophone, September 1953 In the August 1953 issue of Opera magazine, the editor looked back on outstanding vocal achievements in the preceding season of opera. Drawing largely from stagings in London, he could pick out Maria Callas as Norma, Kathleen Ferrier as Orpheus and Nicola Rossi-Lemeni as Boris Godunov. In this exalted company he placed a young English soprano who had made her professional debut just five years previously, singling out Jennifer Vyvyan as Konstanze in Mozarts Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Vyvyans penetrating soprano, ready dramatic wit and imposing presence had also caught the attention of Benjamin Britten. That professional debut was made in the premiere of his arrangement of The Beggars Opera, and just two months prior to Opera magazines editorial seal of approval, she had appeared as Lady Penelope Rich in the much-anticipated premiere of Gloriana. As a recorded complement to this Coronation opera, she had gone into the Decca studios in April and May (while Gloriana was in rehearsal) and recorded this survey of English song which was duly rush-released with a crown on the cover and an advertising legend on the back cover, to commemorate the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Aside from its incidental place in recorded history, however, Songs of England has many charms of its own. The repertoire spans four centuries, from an anonymous lute-song and the evergreen madrigal by Thomas Morley, 'Now is the month of maying' through to contemporary songs by Britten, Quilter and Vaughan Williams. Procter died in May 2017, and this reissue of her first solo recital on record is a fitting tribute to the memory of a singer whose exquisite contralto was critically recognised right from her distinguished debut on disc as part of Sir Adrian Boults recording of Messiah.


  1. Name
  2. ANONYMOUS Lye Still My Deare
  3. PURCELL Nymphs And Shepherds
  4. PURCELL Fairest Isle
  5. MORLEY Now Is The Month Of Maying
  6. ANONYMOUS I Will Give My Love An Apple
  7. ARNE Where The Bee Sucks
  8. ARNE O Ravishing Delight
  9. TRADITIONAL Bobby Shaftoe
  10. TRADITIONAL Cherry Ripe
  11. TRADITIONAL The Sprig Of Thyme
  12. TRAD., Arr. BRITTEN Sweet Polly Oliver
  13. HEAD Foxgloves
  14. HOWELLS Gavotte
  15. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The New Ghost
  16. HOPKINS A Melancholy Song
  17. QUILTER Love's Philosophy
  18. TRADITIONAL Lord Rendal
  19. TRADITIONAL I'm Seventeen Come Sunday
  20. TRADITIONAL How Deep In Love Am I
  21. ANONYMOUS O No John
  23. TRADITIONAL Soldier, Soldier
  24. ANONYMOUS O Can Ye Sew Cushions?
In stock

Fast delivery & returns worldwide

In stock