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A Little Nonsense
A Little Nonsense (Decca 442 9077)
SKU: 11867
AU $18.13

Label: Decca Cat. No.: 442 9077 Medium: CD No. Discs: 1

Decca's popular release of Nursery Rhymes with Kenneth McKellar and Very Lynn is followed up with a collection from Owen Brannigan.

Originally an HMV/EMI release it has been licensed exclussively for Australia and includes hilarious settings of rhymes, many in the style of Handel.

"A little nonsense now and then is relished by the Wisest Men."

This record presents a rich feast of the nonsensical in word and sound, which should satisfy the appetite of even the wisest among us, young or old. Owen Brannigan, besides having made an enviable reputation as a singer of serious music of every type, built up a vast public for the radio and television broadcasts and concerts in which he sang folk-songs, North Country ballads and humorous songs of all sorts in an inimitable manner. Here is this side of Brannigan's art at its best. Besides unaccompanied folk songs, there are orchestral settings of three of Edward Lear's Nonsense Songs, two of Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Tales and four parodies of the style of Handel to the words of nursery rhymes. Add to these two of Ronald Binge's fantasies on children's songs and two more by Herbert Hughes and Victor Hely-Hutchinson and it will be seen that the menu of our feast is not only rich but varied and unusual.

Sir Charles Mackerras conducts.

Artists: Owen Brannigan (bass-baritone).
Conductors: Sir Charles Mackerras.
Orchestras: Pro Arte Orchestra.
  1. The Story of Cock Robin
    Words & music by Ronald Binge
  2. Doctor Foster
    Trad. arr. Herbert Hughes orch. Cyril Watters
  3. Sing a Song of Sixpence
    J. Michael Diack arr. Mackerras
  4. Oranges and Lemons
    Traditional - unaccompanied
  5. Matilda
    Liza Lehmann, Hilaire Belloc, arr. Mackerras
  6. Little Jack Horner
    J. Michael Diack arr. Mackerras
  7. The Jolly Beggar
    Trad. arr. Victor Hely-Hutchinson
  8. A Good Roarin' Fire
    Traditional - unaccompanied
  9. Jack and Jill
    J. Michael Diack arr. Mackerras
  10. Old Mother Hubbard
    Victor Hely-Hutchinson, rearranged Mackerras
  11. Henry King
    Liza Lehmann, Hilaire Belloc, arr. Mackerras
  12. The Great Meat Pie
    Traditional - unaccompanied
  13. The Owl and the Pussy Cat
    Edward Lear, Victor Hely-Hutchinson
  14. The Table and the Chair
    Edward Lear, Victor Hely-Hutchinson
  15. The Duck and the Kangaroo
    Edward Lear, Victor Hely-Hutchinson
  16. The Harrin' Heed
    Traditional - unaccompanied
  17. The Grand Old Duke
    Ronald Binge
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 1
SKU #: 11867
Label: Decca
Catalog #: 442 9077
Price: AU $18.13   

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