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Brahms: The Complete Songs Volume 6 (Ian Bostridge)

Brahms: The Complete Songs Volume 6 (Ian Bostridge)


Brahms:

Lieder und Gesänge Op. 32

Die Kränze, Op. 46 No. 1

Botschaft, Op. 47 No. 1

Liebesglut, Op. 47, No. 2

Es liebt sich so lieblich, Op. 71 No. 1

Geheimnis, Op. 71 No. 3

Willst du, daß ich geh'?, Op. 71 No. 4

Unüberwindlich, Op. 72 No. 5

Sommerabend, Op. 85 No. 1

Mondenschein, Op. 85 No. 2

Lieder (4), Op. 96

Auf dem Kirchhofe, Op. 105 No. 4

Ständchen, Op. 106 No. 1

Meine Lieder Op. 106 No. 4

An die Stolze, Op. 107 No. 1

Salamander, Op. 107 No. 2


Ian Bostridge (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)

Ian Bostridge brings his characterful lyricism, and singing of beautiful intelligence, to a welcome sixth volume in Graham Johnson’s comprehensive series.

“On the plus side, there's [Bostridge's] customary detailed attention to text; he uses some idiosyncratic tonal colouring to paint in its meanings, but the approach is always intelligent. He is at his most lyrically graceful in Die Kränze, and finds just the right level of tone for each phrase of Botschaft…but Liebesglut could do with greater tonal variety and Es liebt sich so liebliche im Lenze! with more warmth.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2015

“Those following the series have little need to hesitate, not least due to the reliably intelligent and sensitive accompaniment Johnson supplies…Bostridge's fans have no need to hesitate either, and the virtues of his distinctive Lieder-singing art are very much in evidence.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2015

“The British tenor’s vocal personality divides his listeners, but his commitment to German art song can’t be challenged. Brahmsians will want this volume of Graham Johnson’s continuing series, not least for his explanatory note...He sings the Minnelied, Op 71, No 5, with rapt intensity.” Sunday Times, 6th September 2015

“Bostridge is totally convincing, particularly in his wonderfully sensitive handling of the Op 96 collection. Johnson, that poet of the piano, underpins everything with just the right level of ardour – and he writes tremendous sleeve notes.” The Observer, 23rd August 2015 *****

Presto Discs of 2015

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Bach, J S: St John Passion, BWV245

Bach, J S: St John Passion, BWV245


‘Layton has directed this annual St John Passion for several seasons now. His readings, which are becoming ever more dramatic and daring, have a raw intensity. It was easy to see why these concerts have become one of the highlights in London’s musical calendar’ (The Guardian)

Polyphony and Stephen Layton present their celebrated performance of Bach’s most dramatic masterpiece. Accompanied by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a starry team of soloists, Layton directs a vivid account, the excitement of the narrative drama contrasting with heartbreaking moments of reflection.

In Ian Bostridge, we have the most iconic Evangelist of the last twenty years; an artist who is an incomparable communicator, a singer of technical brilliance, and an impassioned, experienced interpreter of Bach’s music.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“[Bostridge is] a magnificent Evangelist though one aspect of his approach may not be to all tastes. He is highly expressive at all times and there are several occasions where some may feel he overdoes the expressiveness..Polyphony show vividly just what can be achieved in Bach singing by a fairly small professional choir, especially in terms of such things as flexibility, attack and agility...This desirable new recording deserves a place in the front rank.” MusicWeb International, February 2013

“Layton has honed his preferred version, but only aficionados will notice or mind. Concentrate instead on the purity of sound, the emotionally expressive yet restrained performance by all and the impeccable attention to text of the soloists. Ian Bostridge (Evangelist) lives every word of the narration but never over dramatises. Countertenor Iestyn Davies's almost disembodied account of Es ist vollbracht! (It is finished!) is unforgettable.” The Observer, 3rd March 2013

“the choral singing is wonderfully pure, buoyant and transparent...Ian Bostridge’s Evangelist, mannered and occasionally stretched but full of “narrative” character, dominates Layton’s performance” Financial Times, 9th March 2013 ***

“when Bach’s goal is mellifluous comfort, as in the final chorus, Ruht wohl, Polyphony wins hands down.” The Times, 15th March 2013 ****

“this new recording's credentials border on the unassailable...Layton's pacing is compelling - there's no mistaking the gambling fever as the soldiers cast lots for Christ's garment...[Neal Davies] reserves a melting tenderness for the utterances from the cross. It's crowned by Iestyn Davies's sublime account of 'Es ist vollbracht'...Both Carolyn Sampson's arias are priceless.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2013 ****

“this St John Passion brings to the fore the traits of style and taste that are distinguished hallmarks of Layton and the forces he gathers around him...Bostridge is the tenor Evangelist, eloquent, pure of tone, fluent and strong in communicating the import of the German narrative...The choir sings with a well-rounded sound, firm accents and with diction that brings the text crisply to life” The Telegraph, 22nd March 2013 *****

“about as state-of-the-art a Bach Passion recording as you'll hear...Take as read the urgency, clarity, balance and delamatory unanimity of the chorus...Layton's reality is about cultivating the focus of each sentiment with supreme corporate executancy...Bostridge is the master story-teller who surveys all about him.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2013

“it’s remarkable simply because it’s practically perfect in every way...though [Bostridge has] been singing the Passions for over a decade he still sounds as if he’s telling this familiar story for the first time...The soloists, too, are all perfectly cast...But it’s Iestyn Davies who really takes the laurels.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 18th February 2013

“Stephen Layton directs this intense, dramatic reading with intelligence and integrity, ably assisted by an excellent team of soloists...Layton’s small choir, Polyphony, responds alertly to the changing dramatic demands...The OAE plays with style and authority, and Hyperion’s recording is spacious, full, clear and detailed.” Early Music Today

Presto Disc of the Week

18th February 2013

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Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, D795

Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, D795


“Bostridge’s peculiarly beseeching voice enshrines the vulnerability, tender feeling and obsessive love of the youthful miller … a soulsearching interpretation” Gramophone Magazine

“The performance by the young Bostridge is a miracle … he brings the naive, impetuous, jealous, ultimately despairing and suicidal boy vividly to life as no other tenor on record and his youthful vulnerability is heart-rending. This wonderful disc makes you listen to Schubert’s masterly cycle with refreshed ears” Sunday Times

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Hyperion 30th Anniversary Schubert Song Edition - CDA30020

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Schumann: The Complete Songs

Schumann: The Complete Songs

The Lieder of Robert Schumann in chronological order


Schumann’s songs are among the greatest musical achievements of the nineteeth century, and this is the perfect release with which to mark the composer’s 200th birthday.

This marvellous collection comprises Schumann’s complete songs, presented for the first time in their chronological sequence of composition, with complete song texts, and chronology of Schumann’s life and songs by Graham Johnson.

Johnson is, of course, also the curator and unifying musical force of this series, accompanying his hand-picked selection of singers – some of the greatest lieder performers of today, and indeed of tomorrow – with utter sensitivity.

Includes 304 page booklet of:

Complete song texts

English translations by Richard Stokes & Eric Sams

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Britten - Purcell Realizations

Britten - Purcell Realizations


Britten:

The knotting song

from Orpheus Britannicus

Seven songs

from Orpheus Britannicus

Six songs

from Orpheus Britannicus

O solitude

from Orpheus Britannicus

Five songs

from Orpheus Britannicus

Celemene

from Orpheus Britannicus

Six duets

from Orpheus Britannicus

The Queen's Epicediumcus

from Harmonia Sacraumcus

The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation

from Harmonia Sacraumcus

Saul and the witch at Endor

from Harmonia Sacraumcus

Three divine hymns

from Harmonia Sacraumcus

Job's curse

from Harmonia Sacraumcus

Two divine hymns and Alleluia

from Harmonia Sacraumcus

Dulcibella

from Harmonia Sacraumcus

When Myra sings

from Harmonia Sacraumcus

Let the dreadful engines of eternal will

from Harmonia Sacraumcus


2 discs for the price of one

“Two irresistible discs—typically painstakingly produced and documented—and would deserve four stars if only they were there to give” The Times

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The Hyperion Schubert Edition - Complete Songs

The Hyperion Schubert Edition - Complete Songs


Schubert:

The Complete Songs

including piano-accompanied part songs and ensembles


Sixty soloists, including Ian Bostridge & Matthias Goerne, with Graham Johnson (piano)

Includes complete song texts with English translations by Richard Wigmore, introductions to the recordings by Graham Johnson (English, Français, Deutsch), chronologies of Schubert’s life by Graham Johnson and comprehensive indexes.


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“a monumental achievement...Throughout the whole series Johnson in his inspired accompaniments consistently revels in Schubert's joyfully original piano writing...Few series of recordings so richly repay detailed study and all are a pleasure to return to, when the sound and balance too are consistently of such high quality” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ****

“This is an archive of glorious Lieder singing as much as it is a definitive treasury of the greatest Lieder ever composed. Those who have collected the discs as they appeared individually need not worry that they are missing anything, but anyone else with the remotest interest in Schubert's songs shouldn't hesitate any longer” The Guardian

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Britten - Songs

Britten - Songs


Britten:

The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35

A Poison Tree (Blake)

When you're feeling like expressing your affection (Auden)

Not even summer yet (Burra)

The Red Cockatoo (Waley)

Wild with passion (Beddoes)

Cradle Song for Eleanor (MacNeice)

Birthday Song for Erwin (Duncan)

Um Mitternacht

(Goethe)

Night covers up the rigid land (No. 2 from Fish in the Unruffled Lakes)

Fish in the Unruffled Lakes (No. 4 from Fish in the Unruffled Lakes)

To lie flat on the back with the knees flexed (No. 1 from Fish in the Unruffled Lakes)

Evening, Morning, Night from Ronald Duncan's 'This Way to the Tomb'

Three realizations from Harmonia Sacra


Ian Bostridge (tenor) & Graham Johnson (piano)

“Bostridge is in the royal line of Britten's tenor interpreters. Indeed his imaginative response to words and music may come closer than any to Pears himself. He's heard here in a veritable cornucopia of mostly unfamiliar and unknown songs (the Donne cycle apart), mainly from the earliest period of Britten's song-writing career when his inspiration was perhaps at its most free and spontaneous. The three settings from Ronald Duncan's This way to the Tomb nicely match that poet's florid, vocabulary-rich style as Britten was to do again two years later in Lucretia, with 'Night', based on a B-minor ground bass, a particularly arresting piece. The Auden settings, roughly contemporaneous with On this Island, all reflect Britten's empathy with the poet at that time. The third, To lie flat on the back, evinces Britten's gift for writing in racy mode, as does When you're feeling like expressing your affection, very much in the style of Cabaret Songs. Much deeper emotions are stirred by the two superb Beddoes settings (Wild with passion and If thouwilt ease thine heart), written when the composer and Pears were on a ship returning home in 1942. The red cockatoo itself is an early setting of Waley to whom Britten returned in Songs fromthe Chinese. All these revelatory songs are performed with full understanding and innate beauty by Bostridge and Johnson, who obviously have a close artistic rapport. The Donne Sonnets are as demanding on singer and pianist as anything Britten wrote, hence their previously small representation in the catalogue. Both artists pierce to the core of these electrifying songs, written after, and affected by, Britten's visit to Belsen with Menuhin in 1945. The recording catches the immediacy of these riveting performances. A richly satisfying issue.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

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Ralph Vaughan Williams - Over hill, over dale

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Over hill, over dale

Partsongs, folksongs and Shakespeare settings


Vaughan Williams:

Loch Lomond

Three Shakespeare Songs

Five English Folksongs

Three Elizabethan Partsongs

Greensleeves

Alister McAlpine's Lament

An Acre of Land

The Seeds of Love

Ca' the Yowes

The Winter is gone

Mannin Veen

Bushes and Briars

Down among the dead men

Rest

Heart's Music

Come away, death

The Turtle Dove


'The Holst Singers ... sing with a spellbinding sense of atmosphere and crystal-clear textures. Strongly recommended for all admirers of Vaughan Williams and fine choral work' (BBC Music Magazine)

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Songs by Reynaldo Hahn

Songs by Reynaldo Hahn

This two-CD set is the most representative recording of Hahn's songs ever made. It includes the complete Etudes Latines and Rondels (both with choir) as well as many of his most familiar songs.


Hahn, R:

Si mes vers avaient des ailes

Paysage

Reverie

Offrande

Mai

Infidélité

Seule

Les cygnes

Nocturne

Trois jours de vendange

D'une prison

Seraphine

L'heure exquise

Fêtes galantes

Douze Rondels

Etudes Latines

La Nymphe de la Source

Au rossignol

Je me souviens

Brummell: 'Air de la Lettre'

O mon bel inconnu: 'C'est tres vilain d'etre infidele'

Ciboulette: 'C'est pas Paris, c'est sa banlieue'

Nous avons fait un beau voyage (from Ciboulette)

La dernière valse


Dame Felicity Lott (soprano), Susan Bickley (mezzo soprano), Ian Bostridge (tenor), Stephen Varcoe (baritone)

The London Schubert Chorale, Stephen Layton

“The two cycles, Douze rondels and Etudes latines, are linked by a common fascination with the past.
The Douze rondels were composed to poems in a medieval metre, which allowed Hahn to try his hand at pastiche madrigals and courtly ballads.
The Etudes latines cast their gaze back still further in time to Classical antiquity. For Hahn, that era seemed to represent the ultimate in purity and sensuality rolled into one. This collection of 10 songs is a real discovery and rivals late Fauré, both in its refinement and mesmerising simplicity of utterance. Apart from a few moments when one would like a more substantial tone, Stephen Varcoe's light baritone suits Hahn very well and he's a refreshingly unaffected interpreter, who sings with grace and feeling. Susan Bickley is better at the larger canvas of a piece like Quand la nuit n'est pas étoilée than the more intimate songs but the most celebrated pair of all Hahn's mélodies goes to Dame Felicity Lott, whose sympathy for the French style could have no happier outlet. Both Si mes vers avaient desailes and L'heure exquise are included here, the latter if not an hour, then at least two and a half minutes that are truly exquisite. They are both beautifully sung and are undisturbed by the discomfort around the top of the stave that sometimes mars Lott's singing elsewhere. At the end, she offers four operetta solos as an encore. Graham Johnson's accompaniments are as sensitive as ever. The piano could have been placed a little closer, but the voices have been well captured.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“What treasures are here … The two discs provide an unmissable opportunity to explore a composer who is underrated and overlooked perhaps because he was too modest about himself. There are melodies here which Massenet, Debussy, Fauré and Ravel would have been proud to call their own. No one can fail to have their musical horizon broadened by these discs, which will assuredly come high among my Records of the Year, any year” Sunday Telegraph

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The Hyperion Schubert Edition - Complete Songs Volume 28

The Hyperion Schubert Edition - Complete Songs Volume 28

An 1822 Schubertiad


Schubert:

Versunken D715 (Goethe)

Im Gegenwärtigen Vergangenes, D710

Mahomets Gesang D721 (Goethe)

completed by Van Hoorickx

Geheimes, D719 (Goethe)

Johanna Sebus D728 (Goethe)

completed by Van Hoorickx

Mignon I (Heiß mich nicht reden) D726

Die Nachtigall, D724

Sei mir gegrüsst! D741 (Rückert)

Frühlingsgesang D740 (Schober)

Der Wachtelschlag D742 (Sauter)

Geist der Liebe D747 (Matthisson)

Die Liebe hat gelogen D751 (Platen)

Du liebst mich nicht D756 (Platen)

Todesmusik, D758 (Schober)

Selige Welt, D743 (Senn)

Ihr Grab D736 (Engelhardt)

Schatzgräbers Begehr D761 (Schober)

Der Musensohn, D764 (Goethe)

Am Flusse, D766

An die Entfernte, D765 (Goethe)

Willkommen und Abschied, D767

Schicksalslenker, blicke nieder, D763


John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Maarten Koningsberger (baritone), Christine Schäfer, Patricia Rozario (sopranos), Catherine Denley (mezzo soprano), Paul Agnew, Ian Bostridge, Jamie Macdougall (tenors), Simon Keenlyside (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)

The London Schubert Chorale, Stephen Layton

“There are unknown treasures here. Anyone who hasn't invested in this vast enterprise might well begin with this volume” Classic CD

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