Edward Lear Music in Sanremo

At the end of 1997, the city of Sanremo held an exhibition of Edward Lear paintings and watercolours; there was also a concert of his Tennyson arrangements and of Dudley Glass’s settings of his poems on 7 December. Here is my recording of the event, not very good quality, I admit, but better than nothing. Note that most pieces are not actually sung, though a singer was available, only the tune is played by the orchestra.

Programme

Poems and Songs, words by Alfred Tennyson, music by Edward Lear

  1. Edward Gray
  2. Tears, Idle Tears
  3. Come not when I am dead
  4. Home they brought her warrior dead
  5. A Farewell
  6. As through the land at eve we went
  7. O let the solid ground not fail
  8. The time draws near

Nonsense Songs, words by Edward Lear, music by Dudley Glass

  1. The Duck and the Kangaroo
  2. The Owl and the Pussy-cat
  3. The Broom the Shovel, the Poker and the Tongs
  4. Calico Pie
  5. The Daddy-Long-Legs and the Fly
  6. The Table and the Chair
  7. The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò
  8. The Quangle Wangle’s Hat
  9. Mr and Mrs Spikky Sparrow
  10. The Jumblies

Yusiko Ido, mezzosoprano

The Edward Lear Music Ensemble

Vitaliano Gallo, director, fagotto, arrangements
Laura Ondertoller, violin
Wynneford Potter, viola
Davide Galaverna, double bass
Marco Bottini, flute, piccolo
Claudio Quintavalla, trumpets
Sandro Castaldi, percussions
Giovanna Solinas, harp
Roberto Mingarini, piano, director

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