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CD / Product Number: URCD179

The Britten Sinfonia conducted by Nicholas Cleobury, Ian Partridge, tenor, Jennifer Partridge, piano playing the music of Carey Blyton (1932-2002). Carey wrote a large and enormously varied repertoire of musical compositions: solo songs, piano and chamber works, pieves for orchestra (including film scores) and many items for children including the popular Bananas in Pyjamas and music for many episodes of the BBC TV show Dr Who. He was a great miniaturist and often wrote his own texts.
This collection features his Lyrics from the Chinese Op16) which feature seven songs for high voice (sung here by the tenor, Ian Partridge) with three interludes for string orchestra. Nicholas Cleobury conducts the Britten Sinfonia.
The disc continues with Lachryme - In Memorandum John Dowland Op23 followed by several other short works - full details of which you will find inside.


Lyrics from the Chinese Op 16 (1953/54: 1957/58)
by Carey Blyton (translated by Helen Waddell)
1. Prelude for String Orchestra
2. Aubade
3. Drinking Song
4. Song Against the Duke Seuen
5. Song at Evening
6. Interlude for String Orchestra
7. Flower Song
8. Sacrificial Song
9. Nocturne
10. Postlude for String Orchestra
Lachrymae - In Memoriam John Dowland Op23 (1956/60)
by Carey Blyton - Words by English Poets - see below

11. Prelude
12. Madrigal (Drummond) 13. Interlude 1
14. The Moon (Shelley)
15. Interlude 2
16. The Open Door (Weiss)
17. Interlude 3
18. The Sick Rose ( Blake)
19. Interlude 4
20. Sonnet (Daniel)
21. Postlude
Dirge for St Patrick's Night Op110 (2002)
by Carey Blyton - Words Elsa Corbluth
22. Ballad for Voice and Piano
Lyrics from the East Op109 (2000)
By Carey Blyton - Lyrics various Eastern Poets) Five Miniatures for Tenor and Piano - written for Ian Partridge and Jennifer Partridge who perform them here.

23. The Blast of Love (Sappho)
24. Paradise (Omar Khayyam)
25. Evening (Anon)
26. Night (Anon)
27. Puty-Fish Bengali Folk Poem)
Two Pensive Songs Op10 (1951)
by Carey Blyton for High Voice and Piano
28. Two Stolen Roses
29. Come, Night
The Peotry of the Dress Op25 (1956)
by Carey Blyton - Three Songs for Tenor and Piano
30. Whenas in Silks my Julia Goes
31. A Sweet Disorder in the Dress
32. My Love in her Attire
33. The Flea Op100 (1992)
34. Indigo Blues Op103 Words and Music Carey Blyton

Reviews of This Recording

Rob Cowan on the week's best CD releases - 22 November 2002

Mention the name Blyton, and the inevitable response is Enid – and Noddy. But not everyone knows that Enid had a composer nephew – he died earlier this year – who, aside from originating some charming educational material, wrote a modest corpus of fine songs.
Carey Blyton's Lyrics From the Chinese for Voice and String Orchestra (1953-8) set English translations of various ancient texts, starting with Aubade and peach blossoms after rain, anticipated in musical terms by the falling cadences of a brief but lovely Prelude. Anyone with an ear for Vaughan Williams, Delius or Britten can't fail to respond, especially as the tenor Ian Partridge offers Blyton such gentle and vocally honeyed reportage. The structure allows for a Prelude, seven varied songs and two interludes, a seamless lyrical thread ably woven by the Britten Sinfonia under Nicholas Cleobury. Other songs on this Upbeat Classics release reveal other aspects of Blyton, more spare (sample Lachrymae) or more humorous, but Lyrics From the Chinese is the unquestioned prize, a genuine find.