William Jackson: Songs, Canzonets and a Sonata

William Jackson of Exeter (1730–1803) – a painter and writer as well as a composer – has been, until now, something of a hidden treasure. As Timothy Roberts writes in his introduction to this first album of Jackson’s music, ‘his songs are rooted in English traditions, and if his harmonies rarely move beyond those of Corelli and Handel, Jackson’s emphasis on sensibility also brings hints of early Romanticism’. ‘His melodies were pure and natural’, as one contemporary observed, resulting in music that is both elegant and charming.

Emma Kirkby, soprano (Tracks 3, 5, 6, 13, 14, 16, 19)
Irene Mas Salom, soprano (Tracks 2, 3, 6, 13, 14, 16, 19), violin (Tracks 7, 9–11)
Charles Daniels, tenor (Tracks 1, 5, 7, 12, 15, 17)
Maria-Antònia Melià, flute (Track 4)
Bernat Cabot, violin (Tracks 7, 9–11)
Cristina Trenchs, viola (Tracks 9–11)
Sylvia Serrano, cello (Tracks 9–11, 12)
Timothy Roberts, harpsichord (Tracks 9–11)
Ars Musicae, Mallorca (Tracks 1–8, 12–19)

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  1. Let me approach my sleeping love, Op. 4, No. 8
  2. Ianthe the lovely, the joy of her swain, Op. 1, No. 12
  3. Time has not thinn’d my flowing hair, Op. 9, No. 1
  4. Lone minstrel of the midnight hour, Op. 15, No. 7
  5. Ah! where does my Phillida stray? Op. 9, No. 5
  6. Ye shepherds give ear to my lay, Op. 4, No. 4
  7. For ever, Fortune, wilt thou prove, Op. 1, No. 3
  8. Twas when the seas were roaring, Op. 1, No. 9
  9. Sonata in A minor, Op. 10, No. 4: I Andante
  10. Sonata in A minor, Op. 10, No. 4: II Allegro
  11. Sonata in A minor, Op. 10, No. 4: III Minuetto
  12. In vain you tell your parting lover, Op. 1 No. 5
  13. Again returns the blushful May, Op. 16, No. 4
  14. O Venus! hear my ardent pray’r, Op. 9, No. 8
  15. Blest as th?immortal gods is he, Op. 1, No. 2
  16. My banks they are furnish’d with bees, Op. 4, No. 2
  17. The heavy hours are almost past, Op. 1, No. 1
  18. Night to lovers’ joys a friend, Op. 7, No. 6
  19. Sweet was the sun’s last parting ray, Op. 16, No. 6

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