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A Shropshire Lad

Blake Fischer, with accompanist Claire Cooper won the 1998 Song Recital Award and here presents an exciting collection of English and American folk, traditional and art songs.

A truly successful recital is not a collection of songs shunted together like a string of ill-matched freight cars. Given true commitment, atmosphere and concentration by artists such as the award winning baritone Blake Fischer and pianist Claire Cooper, it can take you on both a dramatic and emotional journey.

In "A Shropshire Lad", Fischer (winner of the prestigious 1998 Song Recital Award) and Cooper embark on a journey through the musical countryside of English and American folk, traditional and art songs, with music by Butterworth, Finzi, Copland and Britten.

Move Records has produced five recital CDs of the Song Recital Award winners (as part of its major sponsorship of the competition), and is proud to continue its association with the award going into the new millennium.


Blake Fischer

Blake Fischer graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1995 with a Bachelor Degree in Music. He has since appeared with the Victoria State Opera, Opera Australia, and in various musicals, including ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Chess’. He joined the full-time chorus of Opera Australia in 1997 and has understudied and performed lead roles.

Press quote

“all presented knowingly and with superb diction ... I would hope to hear more from Fischer in the next few years ... Sound is excellent.”

The Delian, USA

Audio preview

Track Listing

    A Shropshire Lad George Butterworth Alfred Edward Housman

  1. Loveliest of trees
  2. When I was one-and-twenty
  3. Look not in my eyes
  4. Think no more, lad
  5. The lads in their hundreds
  6. Is my team ploughing
  7. Long Time Ago Aaron Copland (Traditional)
  8. Simple Gifts Aaron Copland (Traditional)
  9. At the River Aaron Copland (Traditional)
  10. Ching-a-Ring Chaw Aaron Copland (Traditional)
  11. Let Us Garlands Bring op. 18 Gerald Finzi William Shakespeare

  12. Come away, come away, death
  13. Who is Silvia?
  14. Fear no more the heat o' the sun
  15. O Mistress mine
  16. It was a lover and his lass
  17. The Ploughboy Benjamin Britten (Traditional)
  18. The Salley Gardens Benjamin Britten (Traditional)
  19. The Miller of Dee Benjamin Britten (Traditional)
  20. O Waly Waly Benjamin Britten (Traditional)
  21. Oliver Cromwell Benjamin Britten (Traditional)



Benjamin Britten

Edward Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) was an English composer, conductor, and pianist. Britten's operas are firmly established in the international repertoire. He has more operas played worldwide than any other composer born in the 20th century.

Where to buy

A Shropshire Lad is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

A Shropshire Lad is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Vaughan McAlley
Thanks to
City of Melbourne
Song Recital Award
Release date
July 2000
© 2000 Move Records
℗ 2000 Move Records
Classical, Vocal
Catalogue number
MD 3231
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574323122