This is the first Octameron CD recording. 19 tracks of scintillating vocal harmony to get you in the mood!
In 2005 we gave several concerts called ‘In the Mood’ consisting entirely of 20th century popular songs – Cole Porter, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart and many more. These concerts were well received by audiences and reviewers alike, so we decided to make ‘In the Mood’ the theme and the title for the CD which contains many of these numbers but also includes some of our favourite more serious items – from Thomas Tallis to Peter Maxwell Davies and Richard Rodney Bennett.
The recording was made at Clapham Village Hall, North Yorkshire on 2 July 2006, using the technical recording and post-production skills of R Martin Seddon ( www.rmartinseddon.co.uk ) .
Design & photography by Peter Goold at Glenphase Consultancy.
The CD is available for £7.50. Click here to purchase online. (This link will re-direct you to a secure website belonging to one of the group's members, where a secure online transaction can be made).
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Below is a list of the songs on the album; by clicking on the word listen next to some of the tracks, you can hear a sample of the music.
Richard Rogers & Lorenz Hart. Arranged by David Blackwell.
written for the film 'Manhattan Melodrama' 1934
IN THE MOOD
Joe Garland. Arranged by Peter Gritton
Con Conrad & Herbert Magidson. Arranged by David Blackwell
from the film 'The Gay Divorcee' 1934
EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE
Cole Porter. Arranged by Alan Simmons
from the musical 'Seven Lively Arts' 1944
OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY
George & Ira Gershwin. Arranged by Alan Simmons
from the musical 'The Goldwyn Follies' 1938
LULLABY OF BIRDLAND Listen
George Shearing & B Y Foster 1952. Arranged by Andrew Carter
IF YE LOVE ME
Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585). Edited by A Ramsbottom
Communion Antiphon for 6th Sunday of Easter. Text:St.John 14: 15-17
APRIL IS IN MY MISTRESS' FACE
Thomas Morley (1557-1602). Words: Anon.
THREE ELIZABETHAN PART SONGS
Ralph Vaughan Williams. Published 1895
'Sweet Day' words by George Herbert Listen
'The Willow Song' words by William Shakespeare
'O Misress mine' words by William Shakespeare
LULLABYE FOR LUCY Listen
Peter Maxwell Davies. Words: An acrostic poem by George Mackay Brown
composed for performance at the 1981 St. Magnus Festival, Orkney
M Thomas 'Fats' Waller, Harry Brooks & Andy Razaf. Arranged by Peter Gritton
TEA FOR TWO
Vincent Youmans & Irving Caesar. Arranged by Peter Gritton
from musical 'No, no, Nanette' 1925
LET'S DO IT Listen
Cole Porter. Arranged by David Blackwell
from the revue 'Paris' 1928
THE BARE NECESSITIES
Terry Gilkyson. Arranged by Nicholas Hare
from the film 'The Jungle Book' 1967
TRY TO REMEMBER
Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones. Arranged by John R Anderson
from the musical 'The Fantasticks' 1960
Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer. Arranged by Teena Chinn
from the film 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' 1961
Richard Rodney Bennett. Words by Francis Quarles 1592-1644
composed for the 'Garland for Linda' project in memory of Linda McCartney 1999