Saturday, February 16, 2008

Andrew Kennedy and poems

At Uppingham again. They really bring some high quality performers in here. Both the singer, Andrew Kennedy and his accompanist, Iain Burnside were outstanding. They bounded on the stage like over-enthusiastic puppies, but their music had nothing amateur about it.

I generally find baritones easier on the ear than tenors, but this one could convince me. The songs, from around 1900-1930 were varied, although I would have liked to see the words - I can never disentangle words from music when something is sung. AE Housman's poems with their contrast between lyrical pastoralism and the horror of war.

I'm still in the process of seeking some of the words out, and I shall need to find the songs too.

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