Amy Woodforde-Finden (1860-1919) wrote a number of 'oriental' song-cycles, one of which, the Four Indian Love Lyrics of 1902, contained the 'Kashmiri Song' — beginning 'Pale hands I loved beside the Shalimar' — that became a runaway success in its own day. These ballads have long since fallen from favour, but they contain plenty of honest sentiment, good tunes and splashes of local colour — and their hints of inter-racial love and lesbian romance must have given a real frisson to their contemporary audiences.
Michael Halliwell, baritone David Miller, piano
A Lover in Damascus (1904) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0236/TOCC0236t05.mp3
Six Songs from ‘On Jhelum River’ (1906) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0236/TOCC0236t11.mp3
A Dream of Egypt (1910) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0236/TOCC0236t17.mp3
Stars of the Desert (1911) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0236/TOCC0236t22.mp3
The Myrtles of Damascus (1918) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0236/TOCC0236t26.mp3
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Catalogue No: TOCC0236EAN/UPC: 5060113442369Release Date: 02.06.2014Composer: Amy Woodforde-Finden Artists: David Miller, Michael Halliwell
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Nick Barnard :
“…Michael Halliwell’s excellent liner-note puts his finger on this perfectly – ‘the exotic Orient’. Refined and sanitised for the delicate palate of the Edwardian Salon nearly all the songs here aspire to the frisson of danger and the deliciously seductive unknown that the dark continents promised. …I admire the enthusiasm of baritone Michael Halliwell for this project and he is excellently supported by pianist David Miller who finds exactly the right balance between romantic sentiment and ensuring the music keeps moving rather than wallowing in another moment of dewy-eyed reflection.” MusicWeb International
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