Down by the Salley Gardens

Down by the Salley Gardens

2011 | Harmonia Mundi

Bejun Mehta (countertenor)


This programme offers a vivid and varied cross-section of English song, ranging from the Edwardian aesthetic of Quilter and early Vaughan Williams to the intensely expressive style of Howells and Finzi. The Purcell realisations by Britten and Tippett, meanwhile, are products of two great 20th-century composers engaging with their musical heritage. In all these different styles, Bejun Mehta shows the same verbal and vocal mastery that won such acclaim for his debut Handel recital on harmonia mundi.

Track Listing

King David

It was a lover and his lass

Down by the salley gardens

Silent Noon

Lord, what is man?

Job’s Curse

Linden Lea

Come away, death

O mistress mine

Blow, blow, thou winter wind

At Middle-Field Gate in February

The Widow Bird

The Horseman

The Little Boy Lost

La Belle Dame Sans Merci

Bright is the ring of words

The Sigh

Jillian of Berry

Set in the manner of Handel

Take, o take those lips away

Since we loved

Hey, ho, the wind and the rain

Music for a while


The Observer
steps elegantly into the field of early-ish 20th-century English song

Classical Review
Julius Drake’s playing is unfailingly sensitive and beautifully measured

The Guardian
Mehta’s singing is so heart-stoppingly beautiful and musically perceptive

The Scotsman
Julius Drake provides rich-scented accompaniments…