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Finzi - Earth and Air and Rain

Finzi - Earth and Air and Rain

Five song cycles to words by Thomas Hardy


Finzi:

Earth and Air and Rain, Op. 15

sung by Stephen Varcoe

Till Earth Outwears, Op. 19

sung by Martyn Hill

I Said to Love, Op. 19b

sung by Stephen Varcoe

A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14

sung by Martyn Hill

Before and After Summer, Op. 16

sung by Stephen Varcoe


Clifford Benson (piano)

2 CDs for the price of 1.

‘There are so many really subtle and distinguished performances in this set, and so much sheerly beautiful singing, that I shall be listening to it often over the years’ (Gramophone)

“The welcome return of what now seem rather special archive recordings of Finzi's great Hardy settings. Direct, unselfconscious and ever-sentient performances.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2009 ****

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John Blow - Anthems

John Blow - Anthems


Blow:

God spake sometime in visions

How doth the city sit solitary

The Lord is my shepherd

God is our hope and strength

I beheld, and lo! a great multitude

Turn thee unto me, O Lord

Blessed is the man that hath not walked

Lift up your heads, O ye gates

O Lord, I have sinned

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious

O Lord, thou hast searched me out and known me

Cry aloud and spare not

Lord, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle?

I said in the cutting off of my days


Richard Collins, Christopher Hill, Julian Kaye, Nathaniel Lippiett, Gavin Mccormick, Robin Blaze, Richard Childress, Joseph Cornwell, William Kendall, Peter Butterfield, Stephen Varcoe, Stephen Alder & Donald Sweeney

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‘Well worth exploring’ (BBC Music Magazine)

“Though overshadowed by his pupil Purcell, John Blow's church music is highly distinguished. Here are 14 of his richly scored anthems in skilful and idiomatic performances.” BBC Music Magazine, July 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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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 by Armstrong Gibbs

Songs by Armstrong Gibbs


Gibbs, C A:

The Tiger-Lily

The splendour falls

Titania

Danger

Nightfall

Silver

Mistletoe

The Oxen

In the Highlands

By a Bierside

Araby

Ann's Cradle Song

Five Eyes

The Wanderer

The Flooded Stream

Songs (4) for a Mad Sea-Captain, Op. 111

The Bells

To one who passed whistling through the night

Summer Night

The fields are full

Take heed, young heart

When I was one-and-twenty

The Birch Tree

Lullaby

The Sleeping Beauty

The Ballad of Semmerwater

Tom o' Bedlam

The Mad Prince

Hypochondriacus

Neglected Moon!

The Rejected Lover

Arrogant Poppies

Sailing Homeward


Geraldine McGreevy (soprano), Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2003

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Purcell - The Complete Sacred Music (The Complete Anthems and Services)

Purcell - The Complete Sacred Music (The Complete Anthems and Services)


Purcell:

Hear me, O Lord, the great support, Z133

Thou wakeful shepherd that dost Israel keep (A Morning Hymn), Z198

Who hath believed our report?, Z64

I will love thee, O Lord, ZN67

Great God and just, Z186

Plung'd in the confines of despair, Z142

O praise the Lord, all ye heathen, Z43

My heart is fixed, O God, Z29

I was glad when they said unto me (1685, previously attributed wrongly to John Blow)

O consider my adversity, Z32

Beati omnes qui timent Dominum, Z131

I was glad when they said unto me, Z19

In the black dismal dungeon of despair, Z190

Save me, O God, Z51

Thy way, O God, is holy, Z60

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695

In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust, Z16

Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, Z9

Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z135

Full of wrath, his threatening breath, Z185

Bow down thine ear, O Lord, Z11

Magnificat & Nunc Dimitus in G minor, Z231

Be merciful unto me, Z4

They that go down to the sea in ships, Z57

The Lord is my light, Z55

The Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof, Z54

Blessed is he whose unrighteousness is forgiven, Z8

O Lord God of hosts, Z37

Let God arise, Z23

Blessed be the Lord my strength, Z6

O Lord our Governor, Z141

In guilty night (Saul and the Witch of Endor), Z134

I will give thanks unto the Lord, Z21

O sing unto the Lord, Z44

O praise God in his holiness, Z42

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, Z46

It is a good thing to give thanks, Z18

O give thanks unto the Lord, Z33

Let mine eyes run down with tears, Z24

My beloved spake, Z28

Blessed are they that fear the Lord, Z5

Behold now, praise the Lord, Z3

I will give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, Z20

My song shall be always, Z31

Te Deum & Jubilate Deo in D, Z232

Blow up the trumpet in Sion, Z10

The Lord is king, be the people never so impatient, Z53

Begin the song, and strike the living lyre, Z183

Thy word is a lantern unto my feet, Z61

Tell me, some pitying angel (The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation), Z196

Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15

Lord, I can suffer thy rebukes, Z136

O Lord our Governor, Z141

Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50

Hosanna to the highest, Z187

O God, thou hast cast us out, Z36

Behold, I bring you glad tidings, Z2

Since God, so tender a regard, Z143

Early, O Lord, my fainting soul, Z132

Sleep, Adam, and take thy rest, Z195

Awake, ye dead, Z182

The earth trembled, Z197

The way of God is an undefiled way, Z56

Lord, not to us, but to thy name, Z137

Lord, what is man?, Z192

Sing unto God, O ye kingdoms of the earth, Z52

O, all ye people, clap your hands, Z138

My heart is inditing, Z30

O Lord, rebuke me not, Z40

With sick and famish'd eyes, Z200

How long, great God?, Z189

Awake, and with attention hear, Z181

O God, thou art my god, Z35

We sing to him, whose wisdom form'd the ear, Z199

Praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, Z47

O, I'm sick of life, Z140

O God, the king of glory, Z34

Let the night perish (Job's Curse), Z191

When on my sick bed I languish, Z144

Rejoice in the Lord alway ('The Bell Anthem'), Z49

Why do the heathen so furiously rage together?, Z65

Lord, who can tell how oft he offendeth?, Z26

O Lord, grant the King a long life, Z38

I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live, Z22

How have I stray'd, Z188

Mass in B flat, Z230

Hear my prayer, O God, Z14

Out of the deep have I called, Z45

Blessed is he that considereth the poor, Z7

The Lord is king, and hath put on glorious apparel, Z69

Unto thee will I cry, Z63

Praise the Lord, O my soul, O Lord my God, Z48

Close thine eyes and sleep secure, Z184

Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z25

Hear me, O Lord, and that soon, Z13a/Z13b

Turn thou us, O good Lord, Z62

O Lord, thou art my God Z41

An Evening Hymn 'Now that the sun hath veiled his light', Z193

Awake, awake, put on thy strength, Z1


Lynne Dawson, Susan Gritton (sopranos), James Bowman, Nigel Short (countertenors), Paul Agnew, Rogers Covey-Crump, Charles Daniels, Mark Milhofer, Mark Padmore (tenors), Colin Campbell, Robert Evans, Micahel George, Stephen Varcoe (basses)

Choir of New College Oxford, King's Consort Choir, King's Consort, Robert King

“This CD is made up predominantly of anthems, devotional songs and a morning service (a functional, though not perfunctory, setting of the TeDeum and Jubilate) most of which disclose the range and quality of the composer's sacred oeuvre near its best. Of the two settings of I was glad, the first was, until not long ago, thought to be the work of John Blow. This full anthem more than whets our appetite with its agreeable tonal and melodic twists; when the Gloria arrives, we're assured that this is vintage Purcell by the sensitive pacing as much as an exquisite contrapuntal denouement. The earlier setting is more poignant. Opening with a string symphony in the spirit of a Locke consort, the music blossoms into a deliciously Elysian melodic fabric. Good sense is made of the overall shape and the soloists are, as ever, excellent. Beati omnes is a positive gem; this may well have been written for the composer's wedding. Of the small-scale pieces, In the black dismal dungeon is the real masterpiece; it's delivered astutely by the secure and musicianly voice of Susan Gritton.
Finally to the funeral pieces. Here we have an ominous procession from the Guild of Ancient Fifes and Drums and the first appearance of four 'flatt' trumpets – as opposed to two plus two sackbuts; the effect of this subtle timbral change makes extraordinary sense of the music, engendering a new grandeur and uncompromising clarity as would have befitted such an occasion. The vocal performances are earthy and impassioned.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“An outstanding series, full of treasures, with King varying the scale of forces he uses for each item. Often he uses one voice per part, but he regularly expands the ensemble with the King's Consort Choir or turns to the full New College Choir, which includes trebles. The individual discs are no longer available separately, but all 11 CDs come neatly packaged in cardboard sleeves.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Musique Adorable

Musique Adorable


Chabrier:

The Complete Songs


Felicity Lott (soprano) William Burden (tenor) Stephen Varcoe (baritone) Graham Johnson(piano)

“Adorable indeed … these songs steal into the heart. This is a set made for a lifetime's listening and enjoyment” The Times

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Stanford: Songs - 1

Stanford: Songs - 1


Stanford:

La Belle Dame sans merci (John Keats) (1877)

Eight Songs from 'The Spanish Gypsy' (George Eliot) Op. 1

Eight Heine songs from Op. 4 (1874; pub 1876) and Op. 7 (pub 1877)

Two songs from 'Fifty Songs of Old Ireland' (A P Graves) (1882; pub 1883)

Trottin' to the Fair (from 'Songs of Erin' Op. 76) (A P Graves) (1900)

The Tomb (Thomas Stanley) (c1886)

Heraclitus (Callimachus, trs William Cory) Op. 110 No. 4 (1910, arr 1918)

Six Songs from 'The Glens of Antrim' (Moira O'Neill) Op. 174 (1920)

Three songs from 'A Sheaf of Songs from Leinster' (W M Letts) Op. 140 (1913)


Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Clifford Benson (piano)

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