Roth: Songs in Time of War Mark Padmore

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Label: Signum Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Mark Padmore

Composer: Alec Roth (1948), Vikram Seth

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)


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  • Alec Roth (1948): Songs in Time of War:
  • 1No. 1. Thoughts while Travelling at Night01:33
  • 2No. 2. Grieving for the Young Prince04:06
  • 3No. 3. The Visitor02:08
  • 4No. 4. A Fine Lady05:21
  • 5No. 5. Dreaming of Li Bai01:53
  • 6No. 6. Moonlit Night03:05
  • 7No. 7. An Autumn Meditation01:23
  • 8No. 8. The Old Cypress Tree at the Temple of Zhu-ge Liang06:34
  • 9No. 9. Spring Scene in Time of War01:28
  • 10No. 10. To Wei Ba who has Lived Away from the Court04:03
  • 11No. 11. Ballad of the Army Carts05:33
  • 12No. 12. Thoughts while Travelling at Night01:47
  • 13Cancion de la Luna (Song of the Moon)05:53
  • 14Danza de la Luna (Dance of the Moon)05:30
  • 15No. 1. The Tarrying Garden03:03
  • 16No. 2. The Master-of-Nets Garden03:00
  • 17No. 3. The Gentle Waves Pavilion02:29
  • 18No. 4. The Humble Administrator's Garden03:12
  • Total Runtime01:02:01

Info for Roth: Songs in Time of War

The Chinese poet, Du Fu (712-770), received no recognition in his lifetime but is now regarded as one of China’s finest poets. His poems appear in Roth’s work, Songs in Time of War, a stunning compilation of songs from Du Fu’s experiences in civil war China, beautifully arranged for tenor, violin, harp and guitar.

Inspired by a visit to Vancouver’s Chinese garden (in authentic Ming Dynasty style), Roth sketched musical ideas for the four songs, Chinese Gardens. The original version has since been revised for Mark Padmore and Morgan Szymanski who perform for the first time on this recording.

"Padmore’s clean tenor finds an ideal vehicle ... there’s a transparent, haunting beauty about it, and the accompaniments for violin, harp and guitar are a joy." (The Times)

“These are attractive works … the performances (by the “creator” artists) are excellent. … If, for many of our readers, the recitals constitute an introduction to this composer, it is one which I should say they will not regret following up.” (Gramophone)

“A most rewarding CD which reveals a little more with each listening.” (Musical Pointers)

Mark Padmore, tenor
Philippe Honore, violin
Alison Nicholls, harp
Morgan Szymanski, guitar

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