Toccata Classics
Disc No: TOCC 0009
Price: Sek. 81
Name: Milford Piano Music and Songs
 


The music of Robin Milford (1903–59) taps into that distinctly English vein of pastoral melancholy. Lying on a continuum between the work of his friends Gerald Finzi and Ralph Vaughan Williams, Milford’s voice is nonetheless unique: lyrical, gentle, unemphatic – quietly individual. The dark lyricism of the songs on this CD, reflecting the composer’s troubled life, offers a striking contrast with the buoyant, folksong-inspired dances for solo piano – Milford at his happiest.
(first recordings)
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ComposerOpusMusicKey Performer
Milford, Robin (1903-1959) My Ladys Pleasure: Pastorale   Phillida Bannister, contralto
Raphael Terroni, piano
Milford, Robin My Ladys Pleasure: Gavotte  
Milford, Robin My Ladys Pleasure: Jig  
Milford, Robin Four Hardy Songs: No 2 - The Colour  
Milford, Robin Four Hardy Songs: No 4 - Tolerance  
Milford, Robin Cradle Song (Blake)  
Milford, Robin Daybreak (Donne)  
Milford, Robin Reputation Square: Matthews and Welchs  
Milford, Robin Reputation Square: Reputation Square  
Milford, Robin Reputation Square: Georges and the New Wells Hornpipe  
Milford, Robin Reputation Square: Trim the French  
Milford, Robin Reputation Square: Jack in his Trousers  
Milford, Robin Reputation Square: Jupiter in the Clouds  
Milford, Robin Four Songs: No 1 - So Sweet Love Seemed  
Milford, Robin Four Songs: No 2 - Elegy  
Milford, Robin Four Songs: No 4 - Love on my Heart  
Milford, Robin Four Seasonable Songs: No 2 - Summer. Pleasure It Is  
Milford, Robin Four Seasonable Songs: No 4 - Winter. This Endris Night  
Milford, Robin Prelude (on a well-known mordent)  
Milford, Robin Air (on a well-known mordent)  
Milford, Robin Finale (on a well-known mordent)  
Milford, Robin Swan Songs: No 1 Song of St Mary the Virgin  
Milford, Robin Swan Songs: No 2 The Song of Simeon  
Milford, Robin Swan Songs: No 3 Idleness  
Milford, Robin Swan Songs: No 4 Christmas Day  
Milford, Robin Swan Songs: No 5 In Cornwall  
Milford, Robin Swan Songs: No 6 Expectans expectavi  
Milford, Robin Swan Songs: No 7 The Holy Tide  
Milford, Robin Swan Songs: No 8 The Glance  
Milford, Robin Swan Songs: No 9 Sleep  
Milford, Robin Jenifer's Jingle  
Milford, Robin Days and Moments: II Autumn - No 4 An Epitaph  

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