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Donald Swann: Songs

Donald Swann: Songs


Swann, D:

A collection of songs

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Five colourisations of Emily Dickinson

Dame Felicity Lott (soprano)

Two sonnets by Edna St Vincent Millay

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Stopping by woods

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo)

Two poems by Thomas Hardy

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

Four lyrics from In memoriam

John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone)

Two poems by Christina Rossetti

Dame Felicity Lott (soprano)

Dark rose of my heart

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

An invite to eternity

Roderick Williams (baritone)

The harlot’s house

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

Six songs to poems by William Blake

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Ya vas lyubil 'I loved you once'

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

She is all harmony, all wonder

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

Some people's dreams

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo)

Marguerite

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo)

A red, red rose

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

It was a lover, and his lass

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo)

See, dearest, how the rose

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo)

Arcades

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

We'll go no more a-roving

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

Longing

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo)

Oh, why are the roses so pale?

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo)

Old songs of lost love

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo)

In the mist

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo)

Raiders' dawn

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)

The youth of the heart

Roderick Williams (baritone)

He wishes for the cloths of heaven

Dame Felicity Lott (soprano)

Bilbo's Last Song

Roderick Williams (baritone), Dame Felicity Lott (soprano)


Christopher Glynn (piano)

Read our exclusive interview with Christopher Glynn about the recording here.

Swann but no Flanders: this economically priced collection celebrates the unique talents of a gifted songwriter whose settings of poets from Burns to Betjeman are ripe for revival. The quartet of distinguished singers is luxury casting.

“this is a continually fascinating and diverse selection...The real star of the show is Christopher Glynn, for whom the project has evidently been a labour of love. The detail and colour of his playing (to say nothing of the way he meets the many technical challenges Swann presents with a knowing wink) in the more than two hours of accompaniments is a fine achievement.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2017

“There are some surprises: Ainsley delivers a passionate Russian number, I loved you once, a Pushkin setting that wouldn’t disgrace Tchaikovsky or Rachmaninov. The real revelation, however, is the talent shown by the newcomer of the singing quartet: Rudge, a rising mezzo-soprano with rich tone, who brings more ardour and less archness to the material than her more fêted colleagues.” Sunday Times, 6th August 2017

“the quality of Swann’s craft is clear and Glynn points up every careful detail of some colourful piano writing...If there’s a real revelation, however, it’s the talent shown by the newcomer of the singing quartet: Rudge, a rising mezzo-soprano with rich tone, who brings more ardour and less archness to the material than her more fêted colleagues.” The Times, 28th July 2017 ***

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Hymns to Saint Cecilia

Hymns to Saint Cecilia


Bennett, R R:

Verses

on Saint Cecilia’s Day

Bliss:

Sing, mortals!

Britten:

Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27

Dyson:

Live For Ever, Glorious Lord

Elgar:

There is sweet music, Op. 53 No. 1

Gardner, John:

A Song for St Cecilia’s Day, Op. 119

Howells:

A Hymn for St Cecilia

Jackson, Gabriel:

La musique

with Dame Felicity Lott (soprano)

MacMillan:

Cecilia Virgo

Rose, B:

Feast Song for St Cecilia

Vaughan Williams:

Silence and Music


Royal Holloway Choir, Rupert Gough

A new choral compendium from the highly regarded Choir of Royal Holloway, comprising twentieth- and twenty-first century works inspired by the adulation of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music.

In many ways it was Britten’s Hymn to Saint Cecilia—first performed on the radio in 1942—that rekindled musicians’ interest in celebrating their patron saint. The Musicians Benevolent Fund revived the tradition of an annual service of celebration for St Cecilia in 1947, and has marked the occasion with a new commission almost every year. Many of the pieces on this recording are the result of those commissions. Also included is a new work by Gabriel Jackson, one of the most popular choral composers of today, featuring Dame Felicity Lott.

“Warm, confident interpretations from the Royal Holloway singers.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2015 ****

“If the handful of soprano solos spread across the disc are anything to go by, Gough has an exceptional group of singers here. They are impressively responsive” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

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Poulenc: The Complete Songs

Poulenc: The Complete Songs


Poulenc:

Trois Poèmes de Louise Lalanne

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Quatre chansons pour enfants

Dame Felicity Lott (soprano)

Trois poèmes de Louise de Vilmorin

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Le Portrait

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

Fiançailles pour rire, FP101

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

L'histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant

Pierre Bernac (narrator)

Metamorphoses, FP 121

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

Nuage from Deux Mélodies (No. 2)

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

La courte paille

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Cinq Poèmes de Paul Éluard

Ben Johnson (tenor)

Tel jour telle nuit

Sarah Fox (soprano)

Miroirs brûlants

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

Ce doux petit visage

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Les chemins de l'amour

Sarah Fox (soprano)

Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon

Ben Johnson (tenor)

Le Disparu

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

Main dominée par le coeur

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

…mais mourir

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

Calligrammes

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

La Fraîcheur et le feu

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

La Travail du peintre

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

Dernier poeme

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

Une chanson de porcelaine

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

Le Toreador

Ivan Ludlow (baritone)

Le Bestiaire ou Cortege d'Orphee

Brandon Velarde (baritone)

Deux Mélodies inédites du Bestiaire

Brandon Velarde (baritone)

Cocardes

Robin Tritschler (tenor)

Airs chantés

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Quatre poemes de Guillaume Apollinaire

Ivan Ludlow (baritone)

Pierrot

Brandon Velarde (baritone)

Mélodies (2) de Guillaume Apollinaire

Robin Tritschler (tenor) & Ivan Ludlow (baritone)

La grenouillère, Op. 5

Sarah-Jane Brandon (soprano)

Bleuet

Robin Tritschler (tenor)

Banalités

Ivan Ludlow (baritone) & Sarah-Jane Brandon (soprano)

Colloque

Robin Tritschler (tenor) & Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

Deux poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire

Ivan Ludlow (baritone)

Paul et Virginie

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

Parisiana

Brandon Velarde (baritone)

Rosemonde

Brandon Velarde (baritone)

La souris

Brandon Velarde (baritone)

La Puce

Brandon Velarde (baritone)

La Dame de Monte Carlo

Nicole Tibbels (soprano)

Poèmes de Ronsard

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)

Chansons gaillardes

Ashley Riches (bass)

Vocalise

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

Épitaphe sur un texte de Malherbe, FP55

Neal Davies (bass)

Cinq Poèmes de Max Jacob

Nicole Tibbels (soprano)

Huit Chansons polonaises

Agnieszka Adamczak (soprano)

A sa guitare

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

Priez pour paix

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)

Chansons villageoises

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

Trois Chansons de F.Garcia-Lorca

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)

Hymne

Neal Davies (bass)

Mazurka

Neal Davies (bass)

Fancy

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)


Graham Johnson is simply the greatest living authority on French song; an artist whose innate feeling for the music is combined with prodigious scholarship. He also has the ability to discover and nurture singers who here prove to be matchless performers of this repertoire.

Following his many wonderful recordings in Hyperion’s French Song Edition, Johnson turns to the complete songs of Francis Poulenc, released also to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the composer’s death. Each of the four CDs presents a programme of songs in an order that is chronological for that disc alone—signifying four different journeys through the composer’s career. Disc 1 features a substantial appearance, recorded in 1977, of Pierre Bernac (Poulenc’s long-term collaborator)—narrating L’histoire de Babar, a story known to children throughout the world. The singers include Dame Felicity Lott, acclaimed as one of the foremost performers of Poulenc, and many other stars from previous recordings.

“As always, Johnson matches singers to songs meticulously. There are some outstanding performances...It's a gorgeous collection, and for sometime Poulenc sceptics like me, a real revelation.” The Guardian, 17th October 2013 *****

“The greatest hero of the set remains Graham Johnson himself. As well as writing the booklet notes and organising the whole adventure, Johnson proves himself to be the most sensitive and accomplished of accompanists, ensuring that every single song is a partnership between singer and pianist, with chemistry that flows both ways.” MusicWeb International, December 2013

“Prepared for the fiftieth anniversary of the composer's death last year and curated by pianist and French music expert Graham Johnson, Hyperion's gorgeous 4-CD set divides the complete songs between seasoned performers such as Felicity Lott and Johnson himself, and stylish newcomers including soprano Ailish Tynan and tenor Robin Tritschler.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 21st November 2014

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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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The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 10

The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 10


Schumann:

Liederkreis, Op. 39

Schön Hedwig Op. 106

Vom Heideknaben Op. 122 Nos. 1 & 2

Drei Gedichte, Op. 29

Die Nonne, Op. 49 No. 3

Was soll ich sagen? Op. 27 No. 3

Frühlingsgruss Op. 79/4

Drei Duette Op. 43

Mein Garten Op. 77 No. 2

Sommerruh WoO7

Mädchenlieder Op. 103

Bei Schenkung eines Flügels


Kate Royal (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano) with Felicity Lott (soprano), Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano) & Christoph Bantzer (reciter)

Kate Royal is the soprano of the moment, at the start of her career yet an acknowledged great artist, and her performance here of the Eichendorff Liederkreis Op 39 is one where ‘imagination, intellect and vocal technique are inextricably fused in the single moment of a song’, as The Times wrote of her Wigmore Hall recital in January this year.

“The prime attraction for many here… Kate Royal in the popular Eichendorff Liederkreis… Royal's pure, pellucid tone, free-soaring top notes… and refined musicianship give constant pleasure.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2008

“In this cycle of dusk and shadows there are two or three songs that always seem to elude a bright, lyric soprano; and for all her beauty of voice and care for phrasing, Royal doesn't quite catch the fear and eeriness of 'Zwielicht' (which here sounds merely melancholy) or the sudden sense of isolation and dread at the end of 'Im Walde'. Other singers, too, have made 'Waldesgespräch' more scary, though Royal does touchingly suggest a human sadness in the spooky woodland drama.
But these are minor quibbles. Abetted by Johnson's ever-sentient keyboard-playing, Royal reveals a true understanding of Schumann's Innigkeit, whether in the suppressed passion of the opening 'In der Fremde' (the notorious phrase beginning 'Und über mir rauscht' taken effortlessly in a single breath) and 'Die Stille' (where she avoids the trap of ingénue coyness), the exquisite poise of 'Die Mondnacht' or the tremulous excitement and sense of imminent revelation in 'Schöne Fremde'. In the final 'Frühlingsnacht', often rushed off its feet, she and Johnson catch the elusive mix of secretiveness and ecstasy to perfection.
The remainder of the disc is given over to curiosities and rarities. Despite the eloquent declamation of actor Christoph Bantzer, it's hard to work up much enthusiasm for three 'melodramas' which too easily suggest silentmovie music. But there are innocent, Biedermeier delights in assorted duets, sung with bright-eyed eagerness by Felicity Lott and Ann Murray, and in three settings of Emanuel Geibel, beginning with a duet in Schumann's most cosy-comfy vein and ending with a mildly exotic ensemble evoking the gypsy life.
Among a clutch of young singers making cameo appearances, the virginal-toned Lydia Teuscher is true and touching in 'Die Nonne' and in the virtually unknown 'Frühlingsgrüsse', whose shy, halting lyricism is so typical of late Schumann.
Collectors of this revelatory series will need no reminder that Johnson writes about the music as discerningly and eloquently as he plays.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2008

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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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Women’s lives and loves

Women’s lives and loves

A Liederspiel devised by Graham Johnson


Felicity Lott (soprano), Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano) & Graham Johnson (piano)

Taking as its cue the Frauenliebe und -Leben cycles by Robert Schumann and Carl Loewe, this captivating duet recital follows the poet Chamisso’s story of a single woman’s life and love, expanding it to encompass the life stories of two women as they share and compare their experiences. As part of this broadening of the story we also hear songs and duets on the themes of love, marriage, motherhood and bereavement by Brahms, Mendelssohn and Wolf. Hyperion’s much-loved soprano Felicity Lott is here joined by the young, sought-after mezzo Angelika Kirchschlager who won a Grammy award in 2004 for her recording with René Jacobs of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.

“Felicity Lott and Angelika Kirchschlager, their friendship forged after many shared productions of Der Rosenkavalier, have delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with this Liederspiel. …the performances give unalloyed pleasure. Lott's still-radiant soprano, combines beautifully with the vibrant, musky mezzo of Kirchschlager (definitely the more highly strung of the two crinolined heroines), while Johnson's sentient playing is a delight.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2006

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Fauré - The Complete Songs - 4

Fauré - The Complete Songs - 4

Dans un parfum de roses


Fauré:

Le papillon et la fleur, Op. 1 No. 1

Rêve d'amour, Op. 5 No. 2

Dans les ruines d'une abbaye Op. 2 No. 1

L'aurore

La rançon, Op. 8 No. 2

Aubade, Op. 6 No. 1

Ici-bas ! Op. 8 No. 3

Aurore, Op. 39 No. 1

Le pays des rêves Op. 39 No. 3

Les roses d'Ispahan Op. 39 No. 4

Nocturne, Op. 43 No. 2

La rose Op. 51 No. 4

Soir Op. 83 No. 2

Le parfum impérissable Op. 76 No. 1

Arpège, Op. 76 No. 2 (Samain)

Mélisande's song from Op. 80

Le plus doux chemin Op. 87 No. 1

Vocalise-étude

La chanson d'Ève, Op. 95


Jennifer Smith, Felicity Lott, Geraldine McGreevy (soprano), Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (tenor), Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)

“…the final volume and jewel in the crown of Hyperion's completely Fauré songs. …all the singers involved in this glorious project, while not always in their first radiance and purity of voice, never lose their sense of poetic engagement and commitment. Graham Johnson, whether writing or playing, is magically attuned to every nuance of Fauré's universe; and Hyperion's sound and presentation are impeccable.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2005

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - December 2005

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Fauré - The Complete Songs - 3

Fauré - The Complete Songs - 3

Chanson d’amour


Fauré:

Puisque j'ai mis ma lèvre

Tristesse d'Olympio

Hymne Op. 7 No. 2

Sylvie, Op. 6 No. 3

Poème d'un jour Op. 21

Nell, Op. 18 No. 1

Notre amour Op. 23 No. 2

Le secret Op. 23 No. 3

Chanson d'amour, Op. 27 No. 1

Fleur jetée, Op. 39 No. 2

Les présents Op. 46 No. 1

Shylock Op. 57

Sérénade: Le bourgeois gentilhomme

La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61

Le ramier Op. 87 No. 2

Le don silencieux Op. 92


Felicity Lott, Jennifer Smith (soprano), John Mark Ainsley, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (tenor), Christopher Maltman, Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Ronan O’Hora, Graham Johnson (piano)

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Fauré - The Complete Songs - 2

Fauré - The Complete Songs - 2

Un paysage choisi


Fauré:

Mai Op. 1 No. 2

Puisqu'ici-bas toute âme Op. 10 No. 1

Dans les ruines d'une abbaye Op. 2 No. 1

Lydia, Op. 4 No. 2

L'absent Op. 5 No. 3

Chant d'automne Op. 5 No. 1

Tristesse, Op. 6 No. 2

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

Le voyageur Op. 18 No. 2

Sérénade toscane Op. 3 No. 2

Automne, Op. 18 No. 3

La fée aux chansons Op. 27 No. 2

Noël Op. 43 No. 1

Clair de Lune, Op. 46 No. 2

Spleen, Op. 51 No. 3 (Verlaine)

Il est né, le divin enfant

En prière

Prison, Op. 83 No. 1

Dans la forêt de septembre Op. 85 No. 1

Chanson Op. 94

Le jardin clos Op. 106


Jennifer Smith, Geraldine McGreevy, Felicity Lott (sopranos), Stella Doufexis (mezzo), John Mark Ainsley, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (tenors), Christopher Maltman, Stephen Varcoe (baritones), Graham Johnson (piano)

“There's a high standard of singing throughout and… Geraldine McGreevy offers delicacy, shape and direction, combined with an intelligent variety of tone, and Christopher Maltman's more forthright approach gives impetus to 'Le voyageur' and 'Prison'. Though her tone is a touch mature, Jennifer Smith is able to draw on the warm colours of her voice for the late cycle Le jardin clos (1914), a sombre, understated piece that emphasises the oblique, unpredictable harmony of the composer's final period.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2005 ****

“Volume 2 of Hyperion's superb Fauré song series takes its theme from Clair de lune and an idealised landscape peopled with dreaming birds and sobbing fountains. It follows the composer from youth to old age, from the young charmer to the mature master to the inscrutable sage, imaginatively side-stepping all possible monotony.
Fauré's dream world is a mirror of an occasionally innocent nature that received too many cruel knocks, reflected in music of light and darkness, courage and despair. All the singers involved in this ideally presented and recorded offering perform with a special ardour and commitment; Graham Johnson is, as always, a matchless partner and commentator.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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