The trees they grow so high / Early one morning
In 1988 Sarah released an album entitled The trees they grow so high,
with folks songs arranged by Benjamin Britten, accompanied by Geoffrey
Parsons on piano.
In 1995 the CD was re-released under the title Early one morning
The CD was re-released again in February 1998 as The trees they grow so
high and it is this version that I have -- its cover is shown above.
Here follows the track list; further down you can find the
covers of the different versions of the album
as well as some
personal comments on the CD.
- EARLY ONE MORNING (3:33)
- COME YOU NOT FROM NEWCASTLE? (1:26)
Hullah's Song-Book (English)
- SWEET POLLY OLIVER (2:53)
Old English tune
- THE TREES THEY GROW SO HIGH (4:33)
- THE ASH GROVE (2:42)
- O WALY, WALY (4:38)
from Somerset - Cecil Sharp
- HOW SWEET THE ANSWER (2:12)
The Wren (Moore's Irish Melodies)
- THE PLOUGH BOY (2:02)
Tune by W. Shield
- VOICI LE PRINTEMPS (2:00)
- THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER (4:33)
Groves of Blarney (Moore's Irish Melodies)
- LA BELLE EST AU JARDIN D'AMOUR (3:34)
- FILEUSE (2:04)
- DEAR HARP OF MY COUNTRY! (2:33)
Kate Tyrrel (Moore's Irish Melodies)
- LITTLE SIR WILLIAM (3:27)
- O CAN YE SEW CUSHIONS? (2:37)
- OFT IN THE STILLY NIGHT (2:48)
Moore's Irish Melodies
- QUAND J'ÉTAIS CHES MON PÈRE (2:09)
- THERE'S NONE TO SOOTHE (2:09)
Hullah's Song-Book (Scottish)
- OLIVER CROMWELL (0:51)
Nursery rhyme from Suffolk
(Total playing time: 52:54)
My copy of the CD is released by
EMI Records Ltd.
in 1998 under number 566769-2.
The 1988-release was by EMI under number CDC 7-49510-2.
The lyrics of the songs are printed in the CD booklet and given on the
separate pages linked to in the contents above; translation in English of
the non-English songs (by Mark Valencia) are also given in the CD booklet.
===> All lyrics on a single page (21.3 kb;
includes the translations)
The CD booklet contains
some background info on folksongs and
Benjamin Britten's arrangements, written by Colin Matthews.
Here are the covers of the different releases of the album
It took 2-3 times listening to the CD to get used to the kind of songs,
and now I think this CD is wonderful!
Sarah's magnificent voice, accompanied only by a piano -- the "simplisity"
of this makes the songs sound great! This does not mean that
the songs are simple, of course, but it shows that there is no need for
lots of instruments and sound effects to make impressive songs.
And 19 songs like this is not boring to listen to since the songs are
different in melody and arrangement: some songs sound merry, others more
sad; some are fast, others are slower.
In order to really appreciate the CD you have to sit down and listen;
playing it on the background does not work well, I think.
This CD was recorded back in 1988, and you can clearly hear that Sarah's
voice is quite young, like in the song Pie
Jesu on the CDs
Surrender, the unexpected songs and
The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection.
Comparing the early songs with the later recorded songs on these two CDs
and her Timeless CD shows that
Sarah's voice has clearly become stronger over the years and
has a bigger vocal range -- Sarah's voice is now even more beautiful
than it was 10 years ago.
Thanks to Melissa Hoffman, Elden, Joe Elliott
for help and info.
or go directly to one of her CDs, concerts or videos on these pages:
<=== The Sarah Brightman
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created: 23 July 1998
last modified: 11 January 2020