Kate Winter (Soprano); Esther Coleman (Contralto); Eric Greene (Tenor); Dale Smith (Baritone)
Liza Lehmann (1862-1918) was one of the comparatively few British women who were known as composers in the 'eighties and 'nineties. Her first lessons were given by her mother, who was herself a composer and arranger well known under the initial 'A.L.' Randegger continued her education as a singer, and she also studied composition abroad, in Italy and Germany, and under Hamish MacCunn in England. For about ten years she appeared on the concert platform as a singer, retiring from this branch of music on her marriage to the painter and composer, Herbert Bedford, and devoting herself to teaching and composition. She was the first woman to be commissioned to write a Musical Comedy - Sergeant Brue (1904), which many listeners will remember. Among her works is the romantic Light Opera, The Vicar of Wakefield, which came out in 1906, the 'morality' play Everyman, incidental music to stage works, and the song cycles that are so familiar in concert programmes - In a Persian Garden, The Daisy Chain, In Memoriam, etc.
Of the representative extracts now to be heard, The Golden Threshold, described as An Indian Song Garland, is a setting of poems by Soragini Naidu. The settings of Belloe's Cautionary Tales and of the Parodies belong to Liza Lehmann's days of professorship at the Guildhall School of Music, thirty years ago.
Four Shakespearean Part Songs (Unaccompanied)
I know a bank; When icicles hang on the wall; Tell me where is fancy bred; Under the Greenwood Tree
Esther Coleman and Dale Smith
'Four Cautionary Tales' and a Moral: Rebecca (who slammed doors for fun and perished miserably); Jim (who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion); Matilda (who told lies and was burned to death); Henry King (who chewed bits of string, and was early cut off in dreadful agonies); Charles Augustus Fortescue (who always did what was right, and so accumulated an immense fortune)
Recitation and Song from 'the Golden Threshold' :
Come to me, sweet; You flaunt your beauty in the rose
Kate Winter, Esther Coleman, Eric Greene and Dale Smith
Quartet from 'The Vicar of Wakefield'
Haste not to end the day so soon
Cycle of Bird Songs
The Woodpigeon; The Yellowhammer; The Starling; The Wren; The Owl
The Guardian Angel
Burlesque Scene from 'The Vicar of Wakefield'
The Mad Dog
Kate Winter and Eric Greene
How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank
A Song Cycle for Four Voices
Quartet, 'Come, live with me and be my love'
Duet, 'My true friend hath my hat, and I have his'
Contralto, 'Geyserbianca' (The boy who stood on the bathroom mat)
Tenor, 'Blink to me only with thine eyes, and I will wink with mine'
Quartet, 'Maud' (The Maid-of-All-Work)
Soprano, 'The May Queen in Galoshes'
Bass, 'The Walking Tour' (We are Seven)
Duet, 'I stuck a pin into a chair' (The Pin and the Egg)
Quartet, 'Goodbye, Supper'