The Songs Of Frank Bridge

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Label: HYPERION
Catalog: CDD 22071
Format: CD

Janice Watson (soprano), Gerald Finley (baritone), Louise Winter (mezzo-soprano), Jamie MacDougall (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)

This important reissue brings together all forty-five of the songs composed by Frank Bridge. The program is presented generally along chronological lines, and although the songs were written over two decades there is a remarkable consistency of style. A good number of the texts will be familiar from the songs of, say, Quilter or Finzi, but many more show Bridge’s enthusiasm for unearthing rather less well-known literary subject matter. The performers include soprano Janice Watson, mezzo Louise Winter, tenor Jamie MacDougall and baritone Gerald Finley. Roger Vignoles provides his usual rock-solid and musically stellar accompaniment.