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Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem & Hough: Missa Mirabilis

Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem & Hough: Missa Mirabilis


Hough:

Missa Mirabilis

first recording

Vaughan Williams:

Dona Nobis Pacem

Christopher Maltman (baritone), Sarah Fox (soprano)


Colorado Symphony Chorus & Colorado Symphony, Andrew Litton

Dona nobis pacem became a somewhat unexpected hit for Vaughan Williams. A fervently anti-war plea from the heart composed in 1936 as a pièce d’occasion for the Huddersfield Choral Society, it remains to this day one of the composer’s most widely performed works. Coupled with it here is the first recording of Stephen Hough’s Missa Mirabilis (the title derives from an unfortunate motorway incident), a work which shares with the Vaughan Williams an ability to seem very much greater than the sum of its parts. Andrew Litton directs the Colorado Symphony and all-star soloists Sarah Fox and Christopher Maltman.

“Vaughan Williams's Dona nobis pacem is a work that wastes no time cutting to the quick, and nor does this performance of it: in the opening Agnus Dei soprano Sarah Fox is immediately intense and focused, the Colorado Symphony coiled and ready to spring on the explosive tutti that rips forth from the softer textures” BBC Music Magazine, June 2015 ****

“Litton presides over another first-rate display.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2015

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Brahms: The Complete Songs Volume 5 (Christopher Maltman)

Brahms: The Complete Songs Volume 5 (Christopher Maltman)


Brahms:

Die schöne Magelone, Op. 33

(without spoken text)


Christopher Maltman (baritone) & Graham Johnson (piano)

A new recording from renowned recitalist and winner of the Lieder Prize at the 1997 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Christopher Maltman. Graham Johnson is both accompanist and curator of this series that presents the entire piano-accompanied songs and vocal works of Johannes Brahms.

As such it is a companion to the series undertaken by Hyperion for the songs of Schubert, Schumann, Fauré, Strauss and Liszt. This fifth volume presents the songs of Op 33, the only time that Brahms composed a song cycle as such, but even then his observations about how he wished his songs to be heard are worth considering; they are far removed from the contemporary orthodoxy. Brahms sets Tieck’s ‘novella’ Die wundersame Liebesgeschichte der schönen Magelone und des Grafen Peter von Provence (‘The wondrous love story of the beautiful Magelone and Count Peter of Provence’). A full account of the text and of the composition of this intriguing cycle is to be found in Graham Johnson’s erudite booklet notes.

“While Behle and Bjelland attempt contextualisation [on their Capriccio recording ealier this year], Maltman and Johnson give us the music on its own, in a performance that is the more focused and emotionally detailed of the two, though some may prefer Behle’s romantic-sounding tenor to Maltman’s sexier, if more troubling baritone.” The Guardian, 11th September 2014 ****

“The partnership of Graham Johnson - who, as ever, provides the lucid liner-notes - and Christopher Maltman would be hard to better. They sound well and their performance is beautifully shaped in its ebb and flow, an important consideration in any song cycle. Maltman colours his voice skilfully as he represents the different protagonists in the story.” MusicWeb International, 20th October 2014

“Maltman and the ever-sensitive Johnson...make a compelling, illuminating partnership. Maltman's mellow baritone,with its distinctively plangent, tenorish upper register, is always easy on the ear.” Gramophone Magazine, October 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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Richard Strauss: The Complete Songs 4

Richard Strauss: The Complete Songs 4


Strauss, R:

Stiller Gang, Op. 31/4

Funf Lieder, Op. 15

Der Arbeitsmann, Op. 39, No. 3

Lied an meinen Sohn, Op. 39, No. 5

Leise Lieder, Op. 41a No. 5

Des Dichters Abendgang, Op. 47 No. 2

Das Lied des Steinklopfers, Op. 49 No. 4

Gefunden Op. 56 No. 1

Mit deinen blauen Augen, Op. 56 No. 4

Im Spätboot, Op. 56, No. 3

Alastair Miles (bass)

Vom kunftigen Alter, Op. 87 No. 1

Alastair Miles (bass)

Erschaffen und Beleben, Op. 87, No. 2

Alastair Miles (bass)

Und dann nicht mehr, Op. 87 No. 3

Alastair Miles (bass)

Im Sonnenschein, Op. 87 No. 4

Alastair Miles (bass)


Christopher Maltman (baritone) & Roger Vignoles (piano)

Hyperion’s Strauss Lieder series is fast becoming a worthy successor to the seminal Schubert and Schumann Lieder sets on the label. This fourth volume features a veteran of these recordings, the great British bass-baritone Christopher Maltman.

Contrary to a commonly held perception of Strauss as a Lieder composer, what most of the songs in the present volume show is that he was not shy of addressing serious themes. Settings of Rückert, Dehmel, Goethe and others are tinged with a dark regret which is enhanced by their bass tessitura. Strauss the opera composer is evident in the epic scale of the lieder written post-Salome. Roger Vignoles provides his famous extensive booklet notes, with commentary about each individual song and scholarly discourse on the poetry.

“This fourth volume of songs in the Hyperion series matches Strauss's masterpieces to weaker offerings, all given equal shrift by the pianist Roger Vignoles and his singers. Maltman has the lion's share, his molasses-rich lower range and walnut-polished upper melting into the ethereal Am Ufer and finding gruff humour in Das Lied des Steinklopfers. Alastair Miles's robust, sensitive bass excels in Im Spätboot, perfectly capturing the eerie, dark atmosphere of Strauss's weary boat passenger.” The Times, 14th February 2009 ****

“Maltman and Vignoles strike the right note of hard-won simplicity for Goethe's 'Gefunden' and Heine's 'Mit deinen blauen Augen'. Miles then signs in with the wonderful night-boat meditation of Op. 56 No. 4, underlining the need for a true bass with the last low D flat. ...his imposing timbre fits the operatic scope of the three Rückert settings.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2009 ****

“With one possible exception, these are all among Strauss's more rarely performed songs, and quite undeservedly so. Most are highly characteristic and clearly written with affection, while those that may not immediately proclaim the composer's identity ('Das Lied des Stein- klopfers' for instance) are among the most interesting.
Perhaps that sense of a structured improvisation may (as in the Rückert setting 'Und dann nicht mehr') call for a restraining hand, but more often it is such an appealing personal quality that complaint would be sourly puritanical.
Indeed some of the joy arises in just those moments, such as the inspired passage between verses in 'Des Dichters Abendgang', when Strauss the pianist takes over and claims his composer's freedom.
Roger Vignoles captures well the expansiveness and generosity of the writing for piano. He is also a sensitive accompanist in songs where the piano part is relatively simple. “Heimkehr”, the last song of Op 15, is one of these, and this is also the exception to the songs' general unfamiliarity.
It is well sung, with finely controlled high pianissimi, by Christopher Maltman, who has all but the last five songs (mostly Op 81), which are written specifically for bass. It must be said that with the first sound of Alastair Miles, one is immediately aware of a change, not merely in the quality and nature of the voice, but in its production too. Maltman is a valuable artist in many respects, but recording exposes an unevenness of emission which his art is usually able to render inconspicuous 'in the flesh'. Miles impresses deeply, down indeed to the depths of his low D flat.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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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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Fauré - The Complete Songs - 1

Fauré - The Complete Songs - 1


Fauré:

Les matelots Op. 2 No. 2

Seule! Op. 3 No. 1

Chanson du pêcheur Op. 4 No. 1

Barcarolle Op. 7 No. 3

Tarentelle Op. 10 No. 2

Au bord de l'eau, Op. 8 No. 1 (Prudhomme)

Les berceaux, Op. 23 No. 1

Au cimetière, Op. 51 No. 2

Larmes Op. 51 No. 1

Cinq Melodies 'de Venise', Op. 58

Pleurs d'or Op. 72

Accompagnement Op. 85 No. 3

La fleur qui va sur l'eau Op. 85 No. 2

Mirages, Op. 113

C'est la paix Op. 114

L'horizon chimérique, Op. 118


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

“Few singers would give over a whole evening to Fauré's songs on the concert platform, and choosing a way of presenting them on disc obviously poses problems. Previous sets had all the songs in chronological order; others chose poets or moods: Graham Johnson and company have begun with songs about water. This means a lot of dreaming and melancholy, whether in Gautier's Chanson du pêcheur ('Ma belle amie est morte', also set by Berlioz), or Richepin's Aucimitière. The latter is given a most beautiful rendition by John Mark Ainsley, who otherwise only sings on two tracks, with Jennifer Smith in the sentimental Pleurs d'or, and the homage to Venice and its lovers in Marc Monnier's Barcarolle.
Three cycles are the main items here. Felicity Lott sings the Cinq Mélodies de Venise, which includes some of Fauré's best-known songs, 'Mandoline', 'En sourdine' and 'Green'. She brings to bear on them a lifetime's devotion to French song. Her other contribution is Au bordde l'eau, to a poem by Sully-Prudhomme. This is made to sound very sad; taken faster it can be quite merry; it's a celebration of love, as well as a meditation on the passing of time.
Stephen Varcoe sings Mirages, Fauré's penultimate cycle (1919). As Graham Johnson writes in his fascinating notes, these poems by Brimont permitted Fauré 'uneventful passion'. Christopher Maltman is the other featured singer, in five separate songs and L'horizon chimérique. All the performances are elegant and well-balanced, but one misses the extra slight note of acid that native French singers bring to Fauré's songs.
Hyperion's sound is impeccable and in both his playing and accompanying essay, Graham Johnson penetrates to the heart of one of music's most subtle and enigmatic geniuses.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2005

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Songs of Travel

Songs of Travel


Browne, W D:

Diaphenia

Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy

To Gratiana dancing and singing

Butterworth, G:

Bredon Hill and other songs

A Shropshire Lad - six songs

Somervell:

A Broken Arc

Vaughan Williams:

Songs of Travel


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The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 8

The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 8


Schumann:

Schlusslied des Narren

Liederkreis, Op. 24

Dem roten Röslein gleicht mein Lieb

Der frohe Wandersmann, Op. 77 No. 1

Die rote Hanne, Op. 31 No. 3

Die nächtliche Heerschau

Nur ein lächelnder Blick

Ein Gedanke

Der Reiter und der Bodensee

Trost im Gesang, Op. 142 No. 1

Der deutscher Rhein

Sehnsucht

Die Weinende

Der Fischer

Im Herbste

Kurzes Erwachen

An Anna I

Gesanges Erwachen

An Anna II

Der Wanderer

Der Wanderer in der Sägemühle

Erinnerung


Mark Padmore (tenor), Jonathan Lemalu (baritone), Christopher Maltman (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)

Building a Library

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Building a Library

Highly Recommended - May 2006

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