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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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Bantock - Orchestral Music

Bantock - Orchestral Music


Bantock:

Celtic Symphony for string orchestra and six harps

The Witch of Atlas Tone Poem for Orchestra No. 5

The Sea Reivers Hebridean Sea Poem No. 2

A Hebridean Symphony

PAGAN SYMPHONY 'Et ego in Arcadio vixi'

Fifine at the Fair - A Defence of Inconstancy

TWO HEROIC BALLADS

THE CYPRIAN GODDESS

HELENA

DANTE AND BEATRICE

Sappho

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)

Sapphic Poem

Julian Lloyd Webber (cello)

Prelude to 'The Song of Songs'

Prelude to 'Omar Khayyám'

Camel Caravan from 'Omar Khayyám' *

Caristiona (No 1 of 'Two Hebridean Sea Poems')

Processional (No 1 of 'Two Orchestral Scenes')

Thalaba the Destroyer

Overture to a Greek Tragedy

The Wilderness and the Solitary Place

Elizabeth Connell (soprano)

Pierrot of the Minute

The Song of Songs (excerpts)

Elizabeth Connell (soprano) & Kim Begley (tenor)


(CDs available separately as CDA66450, CDA66630, CDA66810, CDA66899, CDA67250 & CDA67395)

“Magnificently recorded and performed. When audiences are crying out for 'melodious music' how can such music as this have been ignored for so long?” Gramophone Magazine

“Handley is a dedicated advocate and the standard of performances and recordings in this box is very high indeed.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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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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Vivaldi - Sacred Music 4

Vivaldi - Sacred Music 4


Vivaldi:

Juditha Triumphans, RV644

devicta Holofernes barbarie RV644


Echo Award, Germany

Hugely enjoyable ... excellent soloists ...masterly recording
Classic CD

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Boccherini & d’Astorga: Stabat mater

Boccherini & d’Astorga: Stabat mater


Astorga:

Stabat Mater

Boccherini:

Stabat Mater (2nd version, 1800, for 3 soloists & string orchestra), Op. 61


Susan Gritton, Sarah Fox (soprano), Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano), Paul Agnew (tenor), Peter Harvey (bass)

The King’s Consort, Robert King

Boccherini wrote very little vocal music; however he left two settings of the Stabat mater. He set it first in 1781 for solo soprano and strings and then in 1800 for two sopranos and tenor, and was clearly influenced by the hugely popular Pergolesi Stabat mater of 1736. There are many similarities in the notation and harmony—even the same key of F minor is used. The writing is of extraordinary individuality, seeming to come straight from the heart. Emanuele d’Astorga was one of the more colourful figures of early eighteenth-century music, his life the stuff of subject of legend as much as of fact. Over 150 chamber cantatas survive, but by far his most enduring work has proved to be this setting of the Stabat mater, his only known sacred composition. Throughout it we hear Astorga’s gift for writing warm melodies, typical of the Neapolitan style of the time, which movingly capture the melancholy of this most desolate of sacred texts.

“Outstanding performances” American Record Guide

“Heart-melting … full of grace and beauty” BBC Music Magazine

“Remarkable and beautiful settings” Gramophone Magazine

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Astorga: Stabat Mater, etc.

Astorga:

Stabat Mater

Boccherini:

Stabat Mater (2nd version, 1800, for 3 soloists & string orchestra), Op. 61


Susan Gritton, Sarah Fox (Soprano), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano), Paul Agnew (Tenor), Peter Harvey (Bass)

The King's Consort / The Choir of the King's Consort, Robert King

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