This strange Northumbrian ballad about sexual jealousy between siblings held a particular fascination for Cyril Rootham, and he used it as the basis for three separate works:
• Op.55 The Two Sisters (three-act opera: 1916-20)
• Op.57 The Two Sisters (concert overture: 1918)
• Op.68 The Twa Sisters o' Binnorie (part song: 1922)
The ballad "The Twa Sisters" is discussed in some detail in a fascinating article on Wikipedia. The same story (with variants) appears in Scandinavian, Polish and Hungarian literature.
Originally published in 1923 by Curwen & Sons Ltd, this part song has been out of print for many years. But thanks to Stewart Thompson we now have a newly-typeset version, which we intend to publish later in 2018.
About this recording
Disclaimer In the absence of a live recording, we can only play a synthesized MP3 file generated from the typeset score. It makes no artistic claims, and should only be used to gain a rough impression of the work.