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Nights not spent alone


Complete works for mezzo-soprano by Jonathan Dove

The new album by Kitty Whately- Mezzo-soprano

and Simon Lepper- Piano

 

Click here for a little more information about the album,

released June 2nd 2017

 

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Nights not spent alone


Complete works for mezzo-soprano by Jonathan Dove

The new album by Kitty Whately- Mezzo-soprano

and Simon Lepper- Piano

 

Click here for a little more information about the album,

released June 2nd 2017

 

 
 
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Reviews


for 'Nights Not Spent Alone'

Reviews


for 'Nights Not Spent Alone'

“As well as being eminently singable, Dove’s songs have a quick-witted, modern style, with echoes of Britten, Bernstein and Sondheim, that can turn on a sixpence and catch the emotions unawares. Kitty Whately and her accompanist, Simon Lepper, catch their elation, their humour, their heartache.”       
Financial Times, Richard Fairman (2 June 2017)

 

"I have been very taken with the singing of the British mezzo, Kitty Whately, and all the more so since hearing her outstanding debut CD, This Other Eden... the combination of an admired composer and an admired singer on the same CD was irresistible....This programme contains many very fine songs. Dove’s music has great appeal… the vocal lines consistently compel attention and the piano parts expertly complement the melodic line... Kitty Whately sings this varied programme with consummate skill. Her diction is extremely clear and the tone is simply gorgeous... she grabbed my attention from start to finish… Simon Lepper’s pianism is no less admirable.”  
Music Web International

“Whately’s voice seems to match beautifully the personal touches found all over Dove’s music. […] Without those bits of Dove-trivia, it would be hard to pinpoint precisely which set was written with Whately’s voice in mind – she seems to suit them all. She sings with a beautiful balance of care and abandon; the songs of All the Future Days and Nights Not Spent Alone demand big, operatic moments, yet she can come right down to the conversational, almost Sondheim-like moments in Cut My Shadow. […] Whately is polished and real”
Schmopera, Jenna Douglas (24 April 2017)

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Penelope (All The Future Days)

They sat by the firelight and his shadow fell
for the last time, she thought, black patterning gold
sharp on the firelit wall. So, to compel
the evening to outlast the morning cold
dawn by the quayside and the unshed tears,
she took a charred twig from the hearth and drew the outline of his shadow on the wall.

Ursula Vaughan Williams

 

Song of the Dry Orange Tree (Cut My Shadow)

Woodcutter,
Cut my shadow.
Free me from the anguish
Of seeing myself fruitless

Federico Garcia Lorca

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Penelope (All The Future Days)

They sat by the firelight and his shadow fell
for the last time, she thought, black patterning gold
sharp on the firelit wall. So, to compel
the evening to outlast the morning cold
dawn by the quayside and the unshed tears,
she took a charred twig from the hearth and drew the outline of his shadow on the wall.

Ursula Vaughan Williams

 

Song of the Dry Orange Tree (Cut My Shadow)

Woodcutter,
Cut my shadow.
Free me from the anguish
Of seeing myself fruitless

Federico Garcia Lorca

 
 
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Recuerdo (Nights Not Spent Alone)

And the sky went wan, and the wind came cold
And the sun rose dripping, a bucket full of gold

Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

My heart still hovering round about you

(Five Am'rous Sighs)

My heart still hovering round about you
I thought I could not live without you
Now we have lived three months asunder
How I lived with you is the wonder

Matthew Prior

 

All You Who Sleep Tonight

Know that you aren't alone.
The whole world shares your tears,
Some for two nights or one,
And some for all their years.

Vikram Seth

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Recuerdo (Nights Not Spent Alone)

And the sky went wan, and the wind came cold
And the sun rose dripping, a bucket full of gold

Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

My heart still hovering round about you

(Five Am'rous Sighs)

My heart still hovering round about you
I thought I could not live without you
Now we have lived three months asunder
How I lived with you is the wonder

Matthew Prior

 

All You Who Sleep Tonight

Know that you aren't alone.
The whole world shares your tears,
Some for two nights or one,
And some for all their years.

Vikram Seth