The Singer

Songs in Blue [Novello 2000] brings together five of Dickinson’s songs written for [his sister] Meriel and various collaborators, but linked by a common thread of parody and reworking through contemporary American idioms. Burns’ ‘A Red, Red Rose’ is shown in a new light, encased in a cool, languid, bluesy piano accompaniment…Byron’s ‘So we’ll go no more a-roving’ exists in a country where Britten’s cabaret songs meet Ravel…in Schubert in Blue, the Viennese master’s familiar melodies get a make-over in boogie-woogie style…Aficionados of Sarah Walker and Roger Vignoles’ recitals might already be familiar with these entertaining and affectionate numbers: there’s encore material here, for sure!’.

Matthew Greenall, The Singer Oct/Nov 2000, p 29

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