15 November 2017

Still exploring the early CD catalog of Hyperion, with another CD of folksongs by soprano Alison Pearce and harpist Susan Drake, recorded in 1981, “Songs of the Hebrides”, Hyperion Helios CDH88024, from the collection assembled in the early 20th century by folksong archivist and pianist Marjory Kennedy-Fraser. Some of them rise above the merely “pretty and sweet”, thanks in part to Kennedy-Fraser’s imaginative accompaniments (addendum from November 24: and again what I thought would be a quick and short review turns out into a long review involving many hours of research… and even more).

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