Haydn: Scottish Song Volume 6

Haydn: Scottish Song Volume 6
Composer Franz Joseph Haydn
Artist Lorna Anderson soprano
Jamie MacDougall tenor
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 93856
EAN code 5028421938561
Release October 2008

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About this release

The final instalment of this major project to record all of
Haydn’s settings of British folksongs. Two extraordinary Scottish singers are teamed up with the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt. What better combination to capture the local flavour of the text and Haydn’s witty, touching and often humorous music than a Viennese and Scottish team?

When Haydn composed these settings, Scotland was
experiencing what was termed ‘the Scottish Enlightenment’
in both culture and political influence within the Union. Although ruled from Westminster, Scotland retained its own religious, legal and educational policies and many of the most creative and influential Scots were doing very well south of the border. The bloodshed of the 1745 rebellion, although never to be forgotten, was now overtaken by a remarkable flourishing of cultural, academic and political institutions.

Music making was prevalent among all classes of Scottish society, and soon the fashion for Scottish music spread to
London were many expat Scots had settled in jobs at Court or in Government. Haydn, like Beethoven a few years later, had a particular challenge when composing these songs. Haydn was sent the melody of the original highland tune, but no words! He added what were called ‘symphonies and rittornellos’ between the verses, and these are often violently at odds with the sentiment of the lyrics! As H.C Robbins Landon commented ‘ an arrangement that would seem insane to any modern folk song arranger schooled in the methods of Bartok and Kodaly’. The commissioners of the songs were at pains to both iron out the colourful robust nature of the original Highland verse, and to keep the music simple!

Beethoven was informed that ‘there were not twelve people
in Scotland who could play his quartets’. Nevertheless, Haydn’s Scottish Songs were popular at the outset, even when much of his chamber music was neglected, and continues to this day to be an attractive backwater in his remarkable output.

Other information:
- Jamie MacDougal was born in Glasgow. He has sung at many major festivals including Salzburg, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh and Perth in Australia. He has also given recital accompanied by Roger Vignols, Malcolm Martineau and Graham Johnson. He has also worked with conductors Marin Alsopp, Richard Hickox, Daniel Harding and Ivan Fischer. He also presents the radio programme ‘Grace Notes’ for Radio Scotland.
- Lorna Anderson was also born in Glasgow, and has performed with The Sixteen, Les Arts Florrisants, The London Classical Players and the OAE. She has performed at the Salzburg and Aldeburgh festivals, and has recorded The Fairy Queen with Harry Christophers, Haydn Masses with Hickox and Handel’s L’Allegro with Robert King.
- "in the vigorous songs he (MacDougal) is excellent ... Equally consistent is the standard of performance. The singers ideally suited to their tasks, the instrumentalists unfailingly lively and stylish in their playing" (John Steane, Gramophone).
- Full texts and comprehensive booklet notes included.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Bess and her spinning wheel, Hob. XXXIa:147
  2. As I cam down by yon castle wa’, Hob. XXXIa:114
  3. The slave’s lament, Hob. XXXIa:137
  4. Jenny drinks nae water, Hob. XXXIa:132
  5. The vain pursuit, Hob. XXXIa:133
  6. Dear Silvia, Hob. XXXIa:136
  7. The tither morn, Hob. XXXIa:130
  8. I do confess thou art sae fair, Hob. XXXIa:110
  9. The bonnie wee thing, Hob. XXXIa:102
  10. The widow, Hob. XXXIa:118
  11. The posie, Hob. XXXIa:113
  12. O for ane and twenty, Tam!, Hob. XXXIa:108
  13. Donocht Head, Hob. XXXIa:115
  14. Frae the friends and land I love, Hob. XXXIa:105
  15. Green sleeves, Hob. XXXIa:112
  16. Roy’s wife, Hob. XXXIa:103
  17. Strephon and Lydia, Hob. XXXIa:150
  18. The shepherd’s wife, Hob. XXXIa:128
  19. While hopeless, Hob. XXXIa:104
  20. A country lassie, Hob. XXXIa:144
  21. O’er the moor amang the heather, Hob. XXXIa:122
  22. The wee wee man, Hob. XXXIa:124
  23. Strathallan’s lament, Hob. XXXIa:145
  24. The bonny gray ey’d morn, Hob. XXXIa:101
  25. Hughie Graham, Hob. XXXIa:141

Disk 2

  1. My goddess woman, Hob. XXXIa:120
  2. Bid me not forget, Hob. XXXIa:126
  3. Ae fond kiss, Hob. XXXIa:131
  4. Kelly-burn braes, Hob. XXXIa:148
  5. The weary pound o’ tow, Hob. XXXIa:129
  6. A cold frosty morning, Hob. XXXIa:107
  7. What can a young lassie do, Hob. XXXIa:134
  8. Now westlin winds, Hob. XXXIa:111
  9. he tears I shed, Hob. XXXIa:123
  10. Lass gin ye lo’e me, tell me now, Hob. XXXIa:140
  11. She’s fair and fause, Hob. XXXIa:121
  12. he ewy wi’ the crooked horn, Hob. XXXIa:116
  13. The rose bud, Hob. XXXIa:135
  14. Nithsdall’s welcome hame, Hob. XXXIa:125
  15. Fair Eliza, Hob. XXXIa:117
  16. Donald and Flora, Hob. XXXIa:139
  17. On a bank of flowers, Hob. XXXIa:142
  18. Yon wild mossy mountains, Hob. XXXIa:119
  19. Lady Randolph’s complaint, Hob. XXXIa:127
  20. O’er the hills and far away, Hob. XXXIa:149
  21. The death of the linnet, Hob. XXXIa:138
  22. The young Highland rover, Hob. XXXIa:143
  23. Johnie Armstrong, Hob. XXXIa:109
  24. The shepherd’s son, Hob. XXXIa:106
  25. Tho’ for seven years and mair, Hob. XXXIa:146