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Songs of the Cotton Grass (DXL 1132)


This highly evocative chamber music and song CD shows Hilary Tann as a reflective and melodic composer, who is at the same time challenging. Her music is a delight and universally accessible – performed here with brilliance and sensitivity by Matthew Jones and Ensemble, also features soprano Elizabeth Donovan.

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Product Description

Welsh composer Hilary Tann’s (b. 1947) music has influences from Wales, the Adirondacks (USA) where she now lives, and from Japan. Numerous organizations have supported her work, including the Welsh Arts Council, New York State Council on the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts. Her music is published by Oxford University Press.

This programme is performed with brilliance and sensitivity by Matthew Jones and Ensemble with Elizabeth Donovan (soprano) and recorded in the presence of the composer. Matthew was violist with the prize-winning Badke Quartet and his recent recital venues include Carnegie Hall, Purcell Room, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and St. David’s Hall. Elizabeth was winner of the 2002 Welsh Singer Competition; she has sung many roles for Welsh National Opera and performed as Brigitta in Iolante at the 2005 BBC Proms.

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Track List:

1) The Walls of Morlais Castle
oboe, viola, cello

Songs of the Cotton Grass
soprano, viola
2) A Girl’ Song to her Mother
3) Wings of the Grasses
4) Vale of Feathers

5) The Cresset Stone

6) From the Song of Amergin
flute, viola, harp

7) Duo
oboe, viola

8) Nothing Forgotten
violin, cello, piano

Additional Information

Hilary Tann


Matthew Jones


Elizabeth Donovan


Alun Darbyshire


Thomas Carroll


Lucy Wakeford


Kathryn Thomas


Michael Hampton