Jane Austen's Songbook
JULIANNE BAIRD, SOPRANO Jane Austen's Songbook TROY722 - Price: $16.99
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A must for Jane Austen fans.

Julianne Baird writes: "Music and the social status it expressed was an integral part of Jane Austen's life. Her novels are replete with details of domestic musical activities. Accounts of public concerts and private balls as well as music programs with hired musicians fill her letters. A dedicated amateur herself, Austen ordinarily played at the pianoforte at least an hour a day before breakfast from the 8-book music collection now preserved in her home at Chawton. For nieces and nephews she practiced 'country dances,' a number of which appear in her collections. Austen painstakingly copied and bound music that especially interested her. Two books are in her own hand - one of piano pieces and the other (Book III), of vocal music, recorded here in its entirety. Some pieces contain her own suggestions for ornamentation. Prominent themes are naval affairs, country life, drinking songs, love, Turkish and Moorish motifs, female character pieces, and the French Revolution. The novels of Jane Austen reveal her as a keen observer of early 19th century English society. Now, through her Songbook, she herself springs to life: her special likes and dislikes, her boisterous sense of humor, her passions, the way she amused herself and what she was like relaxing with her family and friends." This is a very special album indeed.
Contents:
Anonymous
'Tis in Vain, Alcanzor
Laura Heimes, soprano, Anthony Boutté, tenor, Karen Flint, piano, Martin Davids, violin

Anonymous
William
Julianne Baird, soprano, Karen Flint, piano

Anonymous
Oh Nancy
Julianne Baird, soprano, Karen Flint, piano, Martin Davids, violin

Anonymous
The Irishman
Anthony Boutté, tenor, Karen Flint, piano, Colin St. Martin, flute

Dibdin, composer
The Joys of the Country
Anthony Boutté, tenor, Karen Flint, piano, Martin Davids, violin

Anonymous
Go, and on my Truth
Julianne Baird, soprano, Karen Flint, piano

Anonymous
Plus ne veux jamais
Laura Heimes, soprano, Karen Flint, piano

Anonymous
Her Hair is Like
Anthony Boutté, tenor, Karen Flint, piano, Colin St. Martin, flute, Martin Davids, violin

Anonymous
Sweet Transports
Julianne Baird, soprano, Karen Flint, piano, Martin Davids, violin

Anonymous
Airs de Ballets de la Caravane
Karen Flint, piano

Stephen Storace, composer
Of Plighted Faith
Julianne Baird, soprano, Laura Heimes, soprano, Karen Flint, piano

Anonymous
The Soldier's Adieu
Anthony Boutté, tenor, Karen Flint, piano, Colin St. Martin, flute, Martin Davids, violin

Anonymous
Je croyais ma belle
Laura Heimes, soprano, Karen Flint, piano, Colin St. Martin, flute

Anonymous
Sous un Berceau
Laura Heimes, soprano, Karen Flint, piano

William Shields, composer
From Night till Morn
Anthony Boutté, tenor, Edward Mauger, tenor, Karen Flint, piano, Colin St. Clair, flute, Martin Davids, violin

Anonymous
Filles Charmantes
Julianne Baird, soprano, Laura Heimes, soprano, Karen Flint, piano

Anonymous
Catch: Joan said to John
Julianne Baird, soprano, Laura Heimes, soprano

André Grétry, composer
La Danse
Laura Heimes, soprano, Karen Flint, piano

Miss Mellish, composer
My Phillida
Julianne Baird, soprano, Karen Flint, piano, Martin Davids, violin, Colin St. Martin, flute

Anonymous
Chanson Béarnoise
Julianne Baird, soprano, Karen Flint, piano

Anonymous
Thy Fatal Shafts
Laura Heimes, soprano, Karen Flint, piano, Martin Davids, violin

Dibdin, composer
Lucky Escape
Anthony Boutté, tenor, Karen Flint, piano, Colin St. Martin, flute

S. Arnold, composer
Think your tawny Moor
Anthony Boutté, tenor, Karen Flint, piano

Anonymous
The Wedding Day
Laura Heimes, soprano, Karen Flint, piano, Martin Davids, violin

Anonymous
The Marseillaise March
Anthony Boutté, tenor, Karen Flint, piano, Ensemble

Anonymous
Arietta Veneziano
Laura Heimes, soprano, Karen Flint, piano

Anonymous
Somebody
Julianne Baird, soprano, Karen Flint, piano

Anonymous
The Heaving of the Lead
Anthony Boutté, tenor, Karen Flint, piano

Stephen Storace, composer
Captivity
Laura Heimes, soprano, Karen Flint, piano, Martin Davids, violin

T. Giordani, composer
Queen Mary's Lamentation
Julianne Baird, soprano, Karen Flint, piano, Martin Davids, violin

Anonymous
The Poor little Gypsy
Julianne Baird, soprano, Karen Flint, piano, Martin Davids, violin

S. Arnold, composer
When the hollow Drum
Anthony Boutté, tenor, Karen Flint, piano, Martin Davids, violin

S. Arnold, composer
Faint and Wearily
Julianne Baird, soprano, Laura Heimes, soprano, Karen Flint, piano, Martin Davids, violin

Anonymous
Collin's Ode
Julianne Baird, soprano, Laura Heimes, soprano, Karen Flint, piano, John Ostendorf, baritone

Anonymous
Begone, dull care
Julianne Baird, soprano, Laura Heimes, soprano, Karen Flint, piano

Anonymous
The Mansion of Peace
Julianne Baird, soprano, Karen Flint, piano

Anonymous
The Match Girl
Julianne Baird, soprano, Karen Flint, piano

Review:
"...relentlessly charming and entirely adorable..." (The Gramophone)
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