Mark Padmore

Tenor

Mark Padmore

Mark Padmore was born in London and grew up in Canterbury. He was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and graduated with an honours degree in music in 1982. In the opera house he has worked with such distinguished directors as Peter Brook, Katie Mitchell, Mark Morris and Deborah Warner and has sung at English, Welsh and Scottish National Operas, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opéra de Paris, Opéra de Lausanne, Théâtre du Châtelet and the Aix-en Provence Festival. He has appeared with many of the world’s greatest orchestras including the Berlin, New York and Vienna Philharmonics, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has given recitals in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Copenhagen, London, Moscow, New York, Paris and Zürich with pianists such as Imogen Cooper, Julius Drake, Till Fellner, Steven Osborne and Roger Vignoles.

He has made numerous recordings including Bach’s Passions, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and La Clemenza di Tito, Handel’s Messiah and Britten’s Turn of the Screw.

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Handel: Solomon

Handel: Solomon


2 CD box with sung texts and French translation

Handel was 63 years-old when he composed 'Solomon', one of his final masterpieces. It caused the composer serious financial difficulties in 1749 on account of the exceptional forces it required – but under the baton of Daniel Reuss, it finds a crack British cast devoted to its noble cause. This monumental oratorio depicts the three highpoints of the biblical king’s life: the building of the temple, the famous judgment, and the visit of the Queen of Sheba.

“With Sarah Connolly and Caroline Sampson appearing for the prosecution, it doesn’t require the judgement of Solomon to predict a favourable outcome.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017 ****

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Scarlatti, A: Sedecia, re di Gerusalemme

Scarlatti, A: Sedecia, re di Gerusalemme


Gérard Lesne (Sedecia), Philippe Jaroussky (Ismale), Mark Padmore (Nadabbe), Peter Harvey (Nabucco), Virginie Pochon (Anna)

Il Seminario Musicale

“The edition for this premiere recording has been made by Karl Böhmer, who has provided an informative introductory essay, and Oliver Mattern. Gérard Lesne has made something of a speciality of Scarlatti’s music and his lively direction of Sedecia benefits from his fluent handling of dramatic and stylistic aspects of the work...A splendid achievement.” BBC Music Magazine

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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Live-Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, 25./26.09.2014


Genia Kühmeier (soprano), Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo-soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor), Hanno Müller-Brachmann (bass-baritone) & Anton Barachovsky (solo violin)

Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bernard Haitink

The BR-KLASSIK label has already released several recordings with Bernard Haitink, who has now been connected with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks for over 55 years. Following Bruckner's Fifth Symphony, Mahler's Ninth and Haydn's "Creation," BR-KLASSIK now presents a live recording of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Missa solemnis" – a work performed for the recording market for the first time under the baton of Bernard Haitink. The musical partners of this grand seigneur among world-class conductors are the Choir and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks as well as a finely coordinated ensemble of soloists, consisting of Genia Kühmeier, Elisabeth Kulman, Mark Padmore and Hanno Müller-Brachmann.

“it is deeply felt, has a superbly disciplined and committed chorus, and grows powerfully towards an Agnus Dei whose darkness and terror are beautifully realised.” Sunday Times, 10th May 2015

“Haitink at 85 makes his first recording of one of music’s choral masterpieces – and what a wonderful performance his wisdom and experience offers.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2015

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Editor's Choice - August 2015

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Mark Padmore sings Beethoven, Mozart & Haydn

Mark Padmore sings Beethoven, Mozart & Haydn


Beethoven:

An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved), Op. 98

Maigesang, Op. 52 No. 4

Neue Liebe, Neues Leben, Op. 75, 2

Mephistos Flohlied, Op. 75, 3

Adelaide, Op. 46

Selbstgesprach, WoO 114

Resignation, WoO 149

An die Hoffnung, Op. 94

Abendlied unter'm gestirten Himmel, WoO 150

Haydn:

She Never Told Her Love, Hob. XXVIa:34

The Spirit's Song, Hob. XXVIa:41

The Boatman, Hob.XXXia:246

Mozart:

Das Veilchen, K476

Abendempfindung an Laura, K523

Die ihr des unermeßlichen Weltfalls - Kantate, K619


Mark Padmore (tenor) & Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano, Rosenberger, c.1820. Tuning: A = 430, unequal temperament)

Following their acclaimed Schumann recording, tenor Mark Padmore and fortepiano phenomenon Kristian Bezuidenhout join forces again for this varied and appealing lieder recital of songs by Haydn, 'An die ferne Geliebte' Op.98 by Beethoven, and the Masonic Cantata K.619 by Mozart.

“highly refined recital by the ever-sensitive Mark Padmore in what appears to be a richly rewarding dialogue with the South African fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout: the tenor’s sweet, heady and youthful lucidity of tone is beautifully complemented by the percussive resonance of the accompaniment. One senses two true musicians in deep harmony with each other.” The Telegraph, 5th April 2015 ****

“In his Haydn and Mozart songs Padmore sings with an extra delicacy ... His Beethoven is stronger and more forthright, culminating in a heartfelt performance of the cycle An die ferne Geliebte. Bezuidenhout draws the maximum colour and contrast out of his fortepiano throughout.” Financial Times, April 2015

“Mark Padmore combines an acute intelligence with an unvarnished directness in all he sings. In symbiotic partnership with fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, Padmore 'lives' all of these songs, noticing everything, exaggerating nothing ... Padmore is an eager and touching storyteller ... In An Die Ferne Geliebte Padmore and Bezuidenhout catch naturally, unfussily, the oscillations between stillness and excited anticipation, dream and desire. This is a true dialogue between voice and keyboard, as it should be.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2015

“From urgent declamation to whispered despair, Padmore expresses all with directness, clarity and tonal variety. Bezuidenhout is an equal partner: engaged, lively, with a wonderful brio which never overwhelms the singer.” The Observer, 3rd May 2015 ****

“Padmore’s normal mode, often vibrato-free, is of such an intimacy that he might almost be addressing his beguiling, carefully contoured delivery to you alone. With such detail and depth, you imagine, he could make a telephone directory interesting.” Irish Times, 1st May 2015 *****

“Bezuidenhout's fortepiano sounds for all the world like a harp at the very opening of the Abendlied that ends the disc. Its beautiful, serenade-like quality makes it a great choice for a final track. Padmore finds his groove here, too, transcendent and thoughtful for the opening verses but then rising to a peak of triumph for the "transfigured countenance" of the song's second half.” MusicWeb International, 17th July 2015

“On this astutely chosen program, Mr. Padmore, accompanied by the elegant fortepianist Mr. Bezuidenhout, gives richly expressive, crisp accounts.” New York Times, 11th December 2015

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Handel: As Steals the Morn

Handel: As Steals the Morn

Arias & Scenes for Tenor


Handel:

Enjoy the sweet Elysian grove (Alceste, Act IV)

Semele: Where'er you walk

Urne voi (Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, Part I)

Forte e lieto (from Tamerlano)

Oh per me lieto, avventuroso giorno! (from Tamerlano)

Figlia mia (from Tamerlano)

Tu, spietato (from Tamerlano)

Samson: Total eclipse!

Samson: Did love constrain thee?

Samson: Your charms to ruin led the way

Samson: Let but that spirit

Samson: Then shall I make Jehovah's glory known!

Thus when the sun from’s watry bed (Samson)

Fatto inferno…Pastorello d'un povero armento (from Rodelinda)

Esther: Tune your harps to cheerful strains

Heav'n smiles once more … (Jephtha, Act II, 2)

Jephtha: His mighty arm

Jephtha: Waft her, angels, through the skies

As steals the morn (from L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato)

Lucy Crowe (soprano)


2015 CATALOGUE CD

“Handel was one of the first Baroque composers to invest his talents in the tenor voice and here this unique English legacy is recalled. Through his shading, dynamic range and commitment to the text, Padmore seduces the listener.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2008

“Hearing him in this repertoire is a delight...Throughout, Padmore sings with beauty of tone and generosity of feeling. His ornamentations are always sensitive and never intrusive, and equal plaudits should go to the transparent playing of The English Concert and Andrew Manze's similarly sensitive direction.” MusicWeb International, 17th February 2015

“Padmore's plangent tone and elegant phrasing make him one of the most in-demand Handel tenors of today, particularly acclaimed as Samson and Jephtha, and in Messiah; this BBC Music Award-winning collection includes arias from these three and more. Classy accompaniment from The English Concert under Andrew Manze.” Presto Classical, August 2014

“His accounts of Where'er You Walk from Semele, and Waft Her Angels from Jephtha, are unfolded with rapt intensity; As Steals the Morn upon the Night from L'Allegro, in which he's partnered by soprano Lucy Crowe, has exactly the right vernal delicacy...What's missing are the moments when Padmore gets a grip on the music, when he takes charge dramatically.” The Guardian, 30th March 2007 ***

“Tenors are fighter pilots - dashing, heroic, unhappy out of the limelight - and Padmore is an ace among them, soaring through this disc on a velvet voice in various Handelian guises...His blinded Samson is harrowingly persuasive in 'Total Eclipse', he shows off impressive no-breath acrobatics in Jephtha and dramatises outrageously in the Tamerlano extract.” The Times

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Purcell: Funeral Sentences, Te Deum, Anthems

Purcell: Funeral Sentences, Te Deum, Anthems


Purcell:

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695: Funeral Sentences

Te Deum & Jubilate Deo in D, Z232

Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode for St Cecilia's Day 1692), Z328

Welcome to all the pleasures (from Ode for St Cecilia's Day 1683), Z339


Susan Hamilton, Siri Thornhill (soprano), Robin Blaze, Martin van der Zeijst (countertenor), Mark Padmore (tenor), Jonathan Arnold, Jonathan Brown, Peter Harvey (bass)

Collegium Vocale Choir & Orchestra, Philippe Herreweghe

Coupled here are Philippe Herreweghe’s two major Purcell recordings: the Funeral Sentences and a selection of full and verse anthems, was acclaimed by the American Record Guide for its "clarity and precision of English diction and outstanding choral intonation’ combined with ‘consistently beautiful" solo singing. Five years later, the maestro directed his virtuoso Collegium Vocale Gent in two highly contrasting glorifications of the art of which Purcell was a supreme master. Whether with the small forces of 'Welcome to all the pleasures' or in the vocal and orchestral pyrotechnics of 'Hail! Bright Cecilia', here is a genuine festival of music. These titles were released for the first time in 1993 (CD1) and 1998 (CD2) and have not been available for some time.

“The sheer vitality-and the range of colour and character that Philippe Hereweghe and his musicians draw out of this music- makes these performances irresistible … beautifully sung and played.” International Record Review, September 2014

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Thomas Larcher: What Becomes

Thomas Larcher: What Becomes


Larcher:

Smart Dust

Poems

What Becomes

A Padmore Cycle


Tamara Stefanovich (piano), Mark Padmore (tenor) & Thomas Larcher (piano)

Thomas Larcher’s sound world is both original and captivating in its fusion of contemplative harmonies with innovative performance techniques. Written for and performed by tenor Mark Padmore, 'A Padmore Cycle' features the composer at the keyboard. Works for solo piano performed by Tamara Stefanovich round out this programme of first recordings.

Born 1963 in Innsbruck, composer Thomas Larcher studied piano and composition in Vienna. He first gained renown primarily as a pianist, performing with major orchestras and prominent conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez and Franz Welser Möst. In 1998, he began to define himself more clearly as a composer. Since then he has composed works for the San Francisco Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, the Belcea Quartet, and for Leif Ove Andsnes, Matthias Goerne, Mark Padmore and Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley.

He has recorded five CDs with ECM, most recently 'Madhares' with Kim Kashkashian, Till Fellner and Dennis Russell Davies. Thomas Larcher has won numerous distinctions, including the Choc de la Musique and the British Composer Award (International category) 2012. The UK premiere of A Padmore Cycle, orchestrated version will be in November 2014 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

“Larcher's music is notable for its eclectic frame of reference and a capacity for creating striking and surprising moments...the songs make full use of Padmore's exceptional interpretative talents.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

“Larcher maintains a fascination with the unadorned note, often played in spacious, uncrowded circumstances that require a certain kind of concentration to determine what sort of an idea is unfolding...The special qualities of A Padmore Cycle would emerge in higher relief if surrounded by something more traditional.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

“if Larcher's settings, which are beautifully tailored to the colour, clarity and expressive strengths of Padmore's voice, evoke any specific 19th-century song composer it is Schumann.” The Guardian, 15th May 2014 ***

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Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge & Ten Blake Songs

Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge & Ten Blake Songs


Dove:

The End

Nicholas Daniel (cor anglais)

Britten Sinfonia (members), Jacqueline Shave

Vaughan Williams:

On Wenlock Edge

Britten Sinfonia (members), Huw Watkins (piano)

Ten Blake Songs

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

Warlock:

The Curlew

Nicholas Daniel (cor anglais)

Britten Sinfonia (members), Jacqueline Shave


Mark Padmore (tenor)

Fresh from his triumph in the Glyndebourne 'Billy Budd', star tenor Mark Padmore is joined by members of Britten Sinfonia in 3 quintessentially British song-cycles: Ralph Vaughan Williams’ 'On Wenlock Edge', with pianist Huw Watkins; 'Ten Blake Songs' with oboist Nicholas Daniel; and Peter Warlock’s best-known work, 'The Curlew'. 'The End' by Jonathan Dove (a co-commission by Britten Sinfonia and Wigmore Hall) receives its world première recording here.

British composer Jonathan Dove (b. 1959) made the following remarks on the genesis of his new work, 'The End' (2012), with support from the 'Tenner for a Tenor' campaign.

"When I heard Mark Strand read his poem ‘The End’ to a small gathering of artists in Italy a few years ago, I was moved – and also felt immediately that it was a poem that could be sung. I hoped that one day I might have the chance to set it to music. I did not know exactly what the music would sound like, but I imagined a solo voice with several instruments.

Britten Sinfonia gave me the opportunity to make this wish come true, by inviting me to write something for Mark Padmore to sing, with instrumentation to match Warlock’s 'The Curlew'. String quartet with two solo wind instruments seemed the perfect combination to suggest the gentle rocking motion of the ship slipping into darkness, and perhaps hear birds suspended in flight."

“This is a reflective, beautifully delivered recital of English song much concerned with death, its nature well suited to this tenor’s mellifluously lyrical, emotionally intense music-making.” Sunday Times, 29th September 2013

“This is an extremely fine disc. Mark Padmore’s singing is technically beyond reproach and his eloquence is telling in all four works on the programme. At every turn he finds superb partners in the members of Britten Sinfonia...this new release is one of the finest discs of English song to have come my way in a long time.” MusicWeb International, 1st November 2013

“Dove's musical nightscape shifts slowly and slightly...The same vocal simplicity and white timbre that chafes so tellingly at the smugness of Blake's Innocence poems (aided there by exquisite solo oboe) also works well here for Padmore, never blurring the clarity of the composer's melodic architecture.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

“Edge, rather than lyrical elegance, is Mark Padmore's expressive strength, combined with his superb diction...I've never heard [the Blake Songs] come across so convincingly...Lavish praise too for the wonderful playing of the Britten Sinfonia...I shall be coming back to this.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013 ****

“Many of Blake’s finest, most condensed verse utterances are here, Innocence and Experience nestling side by side: darkness is ever-present, as we move for instance from the Sunflower- and then to the comforting ‘Divine Image’. Ten Blake Songs is a bleak masterpiece and Padmore and Daniel are exceptional… This fine release earns plaudits on every front” International Record Review, November 2013

GGramophone Awards 2014

Finalist - Solo Vocal

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Handel: Messiah

Handel: Messiah


“Christie negotiates both wide-eyed wonderment of the Nativity and the pathos of Part II with aplomb in a performance underpinned by luxury casting and instrumental finesse.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013

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Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings

Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings


Britten:

Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31

Stephen Bell (horn)

Nocturne, Op. 60 for tenor, obbligato instruments and strings

Finzi:

Dies natalis, Op. 8


Mark Padmore (tenor)

Britten Sinfonia, Jacqueline Shave (director)

Celebrated tenor Mark Padmore joins the Britten Sinfonia in some of the most beautiful English music for voice and orchestra. The centrepiece is Britten's magical evocation of twilight and nightfall, the 'Serenade' (with Stephen Bell, horn). In Gerald Finzi's war-time cycle 'Dies natalis', the ecstatic mood reflects a child's wide-eyed wonder at the world. Britten's poignant 'Nocturne' completes the programme.

“Padmore proves to be a more convincing interpreter of Finzi than he is of Britten...there remains something rather neutral and restrained about his approach at moments when the music would really benefit from a firmer grip. In Dies Natalis, though, he shows that grip – it's a wonderfully muscular performance, beautifully judged and shaded, set off by suitably rapturous string playing.” The Guardian, 3rd May 2012 ***

“so tender and piercing that you really do seem to be listening to these song cycles anew...Padmore’s tenor audibly sports some family resemblances [to Pears], though he’s less precious than Pears, with a conversational ease when singing pianissimo never mastered by Britten’s love and muse. These are intensely sensitive and poetic readings, strengthened further by Stephen Bell’s clean and lyrical horn” The Times, 4th May 2012 *****

“It was high time Mark Padmore, one of our most thoughtful tenors, set down his interpretation of the “Serenade” – softer-grained than we might have expected from a singer of such probing spirit and dramatic antennae, and softer-edged than the orchestral accompaniment from the Britten Sinfonia, whose horn player, Stephen Bell, proves a robust soloist.” Financial Times, 12th May 2012 ***

“the sense of the poems across with extra immediacy, as if Padmore has read the texts many times over before fitting them to the music. There is much beauty - not perhaps in the purely vocal sense...but in the marriage of words and music...Highly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

“[Padmore's] not found wanting in the “Nocturne for tenor, seven obbligato instruments & strings”, in which he ably negotiates Shelley's reverie, Wordsworth's melodrama and Tennyson's “thunders of the upper deep”; the “Serenade for tenor, horn & strings” is equally impressive...“Dies Natalis”, however, offers too stark a contrast to the otherwise elegaic tone.” The Independent, 19th May 2012

“The performance of Nocturne is the highpoint: a wide-eyed, variegated account from singer, obbligato instrumentalists and orchestra alike.” classicalsource.com

“Apart from the sheer beauty of his timbre, Padmore and his sympathetic accompanists have the full measure of Britten’s genius, and the readings are unlikely to be bettered for years to come.” Cd Choice

“Padmore's singing is very loving indeed, but in places I can't help feeling that it's a case of 'less is more'. The Britten Sinfonia and instrumental soloists are admirably attuned to Padmore's approach...Padmore is more successful in the exquisite Dies Natalis, where a more extrovert approach really pays off.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2012 ***/****

“Deeply intense, questing performance of two of Britten's great orchestral song-cycles, matched by the players with whom Padmore has rehearsed, workshopped and toured these works extensively. The Finzi is much more than just a filler...this is the masterly performance is deserves.” Classical Music, 5th May 2012 ****

“Padmore’s new recording is terrific - his voice is expressive, beautiful and terrifying by turns...Bell’s performance is spectacular...Padmore sings with such sweetness that you’ll convince yourself that Finzi was an underrated genius.” The Arts Desk, 16th June 2012

“Peerless tenor extends the Peter Pears legacy into a new century.” New Zealand Herald, August 2012

“He sings with less of the honeyed beauty that he is famous for and more incisive bite, which works for some songs, such as the Dirge, but not so well for others, such as the opening Pastoral. However, this does have the advantage of lending his word-painting that extra edge...Both playing and singing are at their most alluring in the concluding Keats Sonnet, seductive and beautiful with a hint of danger, leading wonderfully into the softly dying horn epilogue.” MusicWeb International, August 2012

“Mark Padmore brings a sense of excitement, but also of serenity, to the music, accompanied by the Britten Sinfonia.” David Smith, Presto Classical, October 2014

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