Songs by Donald Swann
Hyperion CDA-68172 (2 CDs)
Swann: A red, red rose (2:10); It was a lover, and his lass (1:58); The youth of the heart (4:26)
Kathryn Rudge, mezzo-soprano; John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Roderick Williams, baritone; Christopher Glynn, piano
Donald Swann was known primarily for the comic songs he wrote with Michael Flanders. However, throughout his life, Swann set to music poems and lyrics – mostly love songs early on and, in later years, settings of Victorian verse. Known and loved only by a handful of singers and fans, many of these songs are receiving their first commercial release on a new compilation from Hyperion.