A Musical Soirée: Parlour songs and duets
Crescendo
Colette Belanger, soprano
Carolyn Byers, mezzo-soprano
Angela Cavar, piano
Arktos 20045
Barcode 7502014452

In the days before radio and recorded music, to have music in your home meant making the music yourself. The parlour piano became the gathering place for social occasions. Solos, duets, arrangements of the day’s most popular melodies — this was the era not only for the printed music publisher, but for those that arranged or composed music meant to be performed by people of varying musical abilities.

On this recording:
O wert thou in the cauld blast, Felix Mendelssohn
Abendlied, Felix Mendelssohn
It was a lover and his lass, Thomas Morley
Joie!, Jules Massenet
Phänomen, Johannes Brahms
Pie Jesu, Andrew Lloyd Webber
We’ll gather lilacs, Ivor Novello
La Pesca, Gioacchino Rossini
The Sisters, Johannes Brahms
Maiglöckchen und die Blümelein, Felix Mendelssohn
Wasserfahrt, Felix Mendelssohn
Sound the Trumpet, Henry Purcell
Lost is my quiet, Henry Purcell
El desdichado, Camille Saint-Saëns
The silent mill, Montague F. Phillips
Duetto buffo di due gatti, Gioacchino Rossini
Five eyes, C. Armstrong Gibbs
Trust her not, Michael William Balfe
The dickie bird and the owl, Arthur Sullivan