Saturday, 16 July 2011

Star of the County Down

I heard a song by John McCormack on Desert Island Discs this week which caught my imagination, Here it is in a 1939 recording. Wikipedia records the fact that that McCormack (1864-1945) was a world famous Irish tenor. Read more about him HERE. His is an interesting story. The recording reminded me of a section from On Wenlock Edge - Vaughan Williams' song cycle drawing on six poems from AE Houseman's A Shropshire Lad. Does anyone else recognise the similarity?

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