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Far Away (PFCD062)

Sarah Poole soprano | Derek Harris piano

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"... a terrific disc, well programmed and performed and highlighting both the unique creative voice, and inspiration of each composer, and the fantastic interpretation of such talented performers" Peter Byrom Smith, Sounds Magazine

An Appalachian Elegy (Frank Bayford)
Sonnet for a Summer’s Day (Tony Osborne)
Cinq Chansons de Femme (Philip Cannon)
A Spotless Rose (David Heyes)
Four Songs on Poems by Sara Teasdale (Eric Funk)
Searching for Lambs (Peter Lamb)
Far Away (David Heyes)
Evenfall (Humphrey Clucas)
John Barleycorn (John Alexander)

‘Far Away’ (PFCD062) features soprano Sarah Poole and pianist Derek Harris in an eclectic programme of late 20th and 21st-century art songs which have a special meaning for Sarah. Over the past 30 years she has collaborated with many composers, in Britain and abroad, creating a new solo repertoire for singers of today and also for the future. Sarah has a passion for new music and an interest in selecting words and texts which inspire composers to write songs which appeal to performers and audiences alike. She has premiered a wealth of new solo songs and choral repertoire over the past few years and her passion for all styles and idi- oms encompasses repertoire from the 17th century to the present day.

‘Far Away’ is a carefully selected and exciting programme which demonstrates an amazing palette of colours and musical soundscapes, encompassing evocative and inventive songs from the early 1960s to the present day.

An all-English programme, apart from the beautifully simple and evocative Four Songs on Poems by Sara Teasdale by American composer Eric Funk, features music by Frank Bayford, Tony Osborne, Philip Cannon, David Heyes, Peter Lamb, Humphrey Clucas and John Alexander.

Searching for Lambs (Peter Lamb) and John Barleycorn (John Alexander), both based on English folksongs, evoke a time long forgotten but in opposing and dramatic styles and Philip Cannon’s Cinq Chansons de Femme, setting old French poetry, are powerfully colourful. An Appalachian Elegy (Frank Bayford) has a gentle melody contrasting a more imposing piano accompaniment whereas Far Away and A Spotless Rose by David Heyes have accompani- ments which are spare and uncomplicated. Sonnet for a Summer’s Day (Tony Osborne) is jazzy and lively and Evenfall (Humphrey Clucas), with words by A.E. Housman, is expressive and engaging.

Recording venue: St Mary’s School, Shaftesbury, Dorset on 26/27 November 2016

Sarah Poole

Sarah Poole

SARAH POOLE has appeared at many leading festivals throughout Great Britain and abroad and is recognised for her recital and concert work, alongside exuberant and sophisticated performances of the Broadway repertoire. She has given over 100 solo concerts at London's Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall. Sarah has performed with many leading orchestra and ensembles, including RPO Concert Orchestra, The Vienna Collection, English Sinfonia, National Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra of the Rockies (USA), London Chamber Soloists, Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernardi Chamber Orchestra, NSO 'Leading Lights' and London Gala Orchestra. Recent solo concerts have taken Sarah throughout Britain and to Germany, Dubai, Netherlands, Denmark, Czech Republic, France, Portugal and America. In 2018 she has concerts in Spain, France, Italy, USA, UK and Turkey. Photo of Sarah Poole by Mary Criddell.