â€˜A Pastoral Evocation'
The first solo CD issued in 2004 by Nick and June contains a varied selection of some of the most enchanting songs of the British repertoire. From the early counter tenor repertoire of the seventeenth century, including songs by John Dowland and Henry Purcell, new ground is forged for the counter tenor voice in transposed songs from George Butterworthâ€™s â€˜Shropshire Ladâ€™ cycle, and entirely new arrangements by June Clark of British folk songs.. Other such gems are â€˜In Summertime on Bredonâ€™ by Graham Peel, the â€˜Eriskay Love Liltâ€™ and the Londonderry Airâ€™. The title of the disc comes from the refrain of the Dowland song â€˜Flow not so fast ye fountainesâ€™. There are three piano pieces on the disc, by Percy Grainger, â€˜Near Woodstock Townâ€™, â€˜At Twilightâ€™, and the most dramatic is his transcription of the Dowland song â€˜Now O now I needs must partâ€™, a piece which beautifully transcends the passage of time from Dowland to Grainger, bridging the gap of four centuries by the metamorphosis of the simple song into the ever more complex and daring harmonies
NICK PEPIN has held Lay Clerk positions as countertenor in many British cathedrals including Durham, Portsmouth, and most recently Winchester, where he sang on numerous recordings, including a disk of Gibbons verse anthems with Hyperion. He has toured extensively with the Winchester choir to the U.S., and throughout Europe. He sings regularly as a soloist in oratorio, especially Bach and Handel, having appeared with the London Festival Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia, the Parley of Instruments, the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and the Bach Choir. He is a member of the early music group Polyhymnia, specialising in Spanish renaissance repertoire. Nick has given many recitals, accompanied by his mother, June, in Europe and the USA, and performs regularly in lunchtime recitals. In 2003/2004 Nick lived in Washington D.C during which time he became a founder member of the upper- voice Countertop Quartet (www.countertopquartet.org) which has delighted audiences with its unique sound.
JUNE CLARK, after studying at the Royal Academy of Music, worked as a composer with Alan Bush, subsequently publishing works in London and the USA. As a pianist she studied with Cyril Smith making her debut with Joan Ryall as a piano duo during the 1958 Wagner Festival in Bayreuth. An international career and regular broadcasting with the BBC followed, with appearances at major festivals, Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room. In 1967 the duo won First Prize in the International Competition for Interpreters of Contemporary Music in Utrecht. After the death in 1990 of Joan, June revived an earlier career as accompanist and composer. In 1995 she founded, together with her son Nick, Pennine Parnassus in Alston. In 2004 together with Nick and her second son, Tom, they began Charlemagne Music, a company producing their own CDs and Juneâ€™s many published compositions.
June is married to the writer David Pepin, and lives in the North Pennines in UK.
â€˜A lovely collection of songsâ€¦particularly the Butterworthâ€¦I remember Alan (my father) being very fond of these songsâ€¦Rachel Oâ€™Higgins (Alan Bush Music Trust)â€™
â€˜A really wonderful CD
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1. Loch Lomond -Scottish trad. arr Clark
2. David of the White Rock - Welsh trad. arr. Clark
3. O can ye sew cushions? Scottish trad. arr Clark
4. The Ashgrove - Welsh trad. arr. Clark
5. An Eriskay Love Lilt Scottish trad. arr. Kennedy Frazer
6. At Twilight (piano solo) - Percy Grainger
7. Go no more a-rushing - Queen Elizabeth I
8. An Evening Hymn - Henry Purcell
9. Music for a While - Henry Purcell
10. Fairest Isle - Henry Purcell
11. Near Woodstock Town (piano solo with voice) - Percy Grainger
12. Look not in mine eyes - George Butterworth
13. When I was one-and- twenty - George Butterworth
14. The lads in their hundreds - George Butterworth
15. In Summertime on Bredon - Graham Peel
16. Come again! Sweet love doth now invite - John Dowland
17. Flow not so fast ye fountaines - John Dowland
18. Fine knacks for ladies - John Dowland
19. Now O now I needs must part - John Dowland
20. The Inniskillen Dragoon . Irish trad. arr. Alfred Moffatt
21. My love's an arbutus - Irish trad. arr. Clark
22. Star of the County Down - Irish trad. arr. Clark
23. The Londonderry Air - Irish trad. arr. Clark