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ENGLISH SONG (compilation)
Heritage label HTG CD224.   June 2011
This compilation includes all the selection from this LP except for "Come, sorrow, come" and " In darkness let me dwell". This compilation also includes many selections from the other Pears/Bream Decca LP A Recital of Lute Song. Additionally, this collection includes numerous selections that do NOT include Julian Bream.  Benjamin Britten accompanies Peter Pears on the piano in these selections.

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Webmaster's notes: 
Early on Peter Pears almost always received first billing on recordings and promotional material. That would eventually change once Bream was established and made RCA his permanent home.

When Julian Bream was asked about this recording he stated that he did not remember a thing about this recording session. 



ELIZABETHAN LUTE SONGS (compilation)  1996:
Decca Records LON 444524 mono.
This is a compilation CD that contains this album in its entirety and another Decca album of Pears and Bream recording Elizabethan lute music- A Recital of Lute Songs.

Alternate Front Album Covers

Elizabethan Lute Songs: vol. 1 of An Anthology of English Song

(Peter Pears tenor with Julian Bream lute)

Recorded: 1955

Location: Decca Studios, London
Instrument: Lute - Thomas Goff, 1951

   Peter Pears - tenor
   Julian Bream - lute
Label: Decca Records
Released: 1956

Side one

  • Thomas Ford: Fair, sweet, cruel (2:07)
  • Thomas Morley: Come, sorrow, come (3:37)
  • Philip Rosseter: When Laura Smiles (1:41)
  • John Dowland: I saw my lady weep (4:15)
  • Thomas Morley: It was a lover and his lass (2:28)

Side two

  • John Dowland: Awake, sweet love (2:41)
  • Philip Rosseter: What then is love but mourning (2:53)
  • John Dowland: In darkness let me dwell (4:49)
  • Thomas Morley: Mistress mine, may well you fare (1:21)

Decca Records LW 5243 mono- 1956 (original LP release). released with a black and white cover or with a basic green with black and white or fourth colour, orange.

Elizabethan Lute Songs: vol. 1 of An Anthology of English Song