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Battle Cry: She Speaks


This powerful yet understated recital of modern and seventeenth-century works aims to revisit but also to re-balance the obsession of earlier music with female abandonment and lament.
The stories of women such as Dido and Ariadne have been told and retold throughout history. Mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston reconsiders the assumed helplessness of those often seen as being left behind by male adventure and success.
A recent work commissioned for Charlston from the composer Owain Park further takes up the challenge of giving ‘abandoned women’ their own platform, as well as exploring new possibilities for an instrumental pairing – that of voice and theorbo – that remains little explored in contemporary music.

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Release Date: 27 May 2022
Catalogue No: DCD34283
Total playing time: 57:20

Recorded on 29-30 October and 1 November 2021 in Crichton Collegiate Church, Midlothian
Producer/Engineer: Paul Baxter
24-bit digital editing: Jack Davis
24-bit digital mastering: Paul Baxter
Theorbo: Klaus Jacobsen, 2015
Design: Drew Padrutt
Booklet editor: Henry Howard
Cover & Session Photography:

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