Alwyn: Invocations; A Leave-Taking

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COMPOSERS: Alwyn
LABELS: Chandos
WORKS: Invocations; A Leave-Taking
PERFORMER: Jill Gomez (soprano), John Constable (piano), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: CHAN 9220 DDD (1984)
By contrast with the often sumptuous textures of his film and orchestral music, Alwyn’s song cycles are the perfect embodiment of restrained English lyricism. But there are moments of great passion and high-flown vocal lines to which both Gomez and Rolfe Johnson rise with easy accomplishment. The recording is admirably clear. Christopher Lambton

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