Ernest John Moeran was the last major representative of the group of English composers who, in the first two decades of the twentieth century, sought musical inspiration in the melodic beauty of traditional folksong. The emotional and spiritual legacy of his dual Anglo-Irish nationality is in tangible evidence throughout his life and music. A pupil of John Ireland and friend of Peter Warlock, he composed music which displays the influences of Delius, Vaughan Williams, and of course his love of landscape.
Chandos here presents a unique album of his attractive complete solo song catalogue, many of which are premiere recordings.
Moeran wrote sixty original songs for solo voice and piano, including the settings of texts by James Joyce, Robert Bridges, Shakespeare and W.B. Yeats. His most famous songs are his settings of the works of A.E. Housman, with texts from Ludlow Town and A Shropshire Lad.
Baritone Roderick Williams, Soprano Geraldine McGreevy and Tenor Adrian Thompson are accompanied by John Talbot.
And for those of you who are wondering – E.J Moeran is on the right of the motley group of revellers!