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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 11

The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 11


Schumann:

Es stürmet am Abendhimmel, Op. 89 No. 1

Heimliches Verschwinden, Op. 89 No. 2

Herbstlied, Op. 89 No. 3

Abschied vom Walde, Op. 89 No. 4

Ins Freie, Op. 89 No. 5

Resignation, Op. 83 No. 1

Der Einsiedler, Op. 83 No. 3

Mein altes Roß, Op. 127 No. 4

Drei Gesänge, Op. 95

Minnespiel, Op. 101

Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers, Op. 36

Provencalisches Lied, Op. 139 No. 4

Ballade, Op. 139 No. 7

Der Handschuh, Op. 87


Hanno Müller-Brachmann (baritone) & Graham Johnson (piano) with Katherine Broderick (soprano), Geraldine McGreevy (soprano), Stella Doufexis (mezzo-soprano), Adrian Thompson (tenor) & Stephan Loges (baritone)

Graham Johnson’s monumental and triumphant complete Schumann Songs edition comes to an end with an eleventh disc of rarities and delights. The first issue in the Hyperion edition of Schuman’s songs, with the soprano Christine Schäfer, included a number of the composer’s later lieder, and with this last issue we come full circle in returning to some of the least known songs—music seldom heard on the concert platform. Hanno-Müller Brachmann appears in his debut recording for Hyperion. As well as a devoted lieder singer who has performed with some of the greatest living pianists, he is also a considerable presence on the world’s opera stages and an acclaimed interpreter of Bach’s Passions. He brings all these qualities to this fascinating disc.

Various duets and ensemble pieces are included on this disc and feature familiar and well-loved singers from elsewhere in this series, as well as the winner of the 2008 Kathleen Ferrier Prize: Katherine Broderick. The release is complemented by Graham Johnson’s renowned booklet notes, which make these discs things of such inestimable value.

“A real disc of discovery: this is Schumann as he is seldom heard. In this final volume of his revelatory Songs of Robert Schumann series, Graham Johnson perceptively writes about, accompanies and presents still more rarities, in the voices of both loyal colleagues and of younger singers whom he keenly champions.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2009 ****

“Hyperion's Schumann Song Edition ends, as it began 12 years ago, with a recital devoted largely to the problematic late songs of 1849-52.
With the odd exception, these have often been castigated, not least by Eric Sams in The Songs ofRobert Schumann, as the products of a torpid and increasingly sick mind. But though most of the songs on this disc tend to be more understated, less romantically subjective than those of Schumann's great song year, 1840, the best of them are not necessarily inferior to their predecessors, just different.
There are undeniable duds, usually when Schumann is in hearty or heroic vein, alongside touching lyrics like the fragile 'Heimliches Verschwinden', the rapturous 'Liebster, deine Worte stehlen', or 'Provenzalisches Lied', a piquant celebration of courtly love.
The lion's share of the programme, including the six Reinick Songs falls to baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann, whose singing is more notable for robust directness than subtlety. He exploits his deep bass resonances to good effect in 'Sonntags am Rhein', that quintessential song of pious Biedermeier contentment. In 'Liebesbotschaft, Müller-Brachmann sounds lugubrious, despite the flowing tempo, rather than tenderly devoted. He is at his best in declamatory, dramatic mode, recounting a minstrel's bloody revenge in 'Ballade', or in a powerful and atmospheric performance of another chivalrous ballad, 'Der Handschuh'.
Elsewhere there are welcome cameo appearances from Adrian Thompson (graceful and smiling in 'Provenzalisches Lied'), Geraldine McGreevy and Stella Doufexis, who combine with baritone Stefan Loges in two attractive quartets from the Rückert Minnespiel. Katherine Broderick, a Wagnerian soprano of the future, impresses with her vibrant intensity in the three Op 95 songs, though even she and Johnson cannot disguise the bombastic tawdriness of 'Dem Helden'. Whatever the provisos, this disc goes far to vindicating some of Schumann's leastfavoured late songs, not least due to Graham Johnson's eloquent advocacy, in print and in performance.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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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 - 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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The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 6

The Songs of Robert Schumann - Volume 6


Schumann:

Spanisches Liederspiel, Op. 74

Lieder (5), Op. 40

Spanische Liebeslieder Op. 138

Schumann, Clara:

Sechs Lieder aus 'Jucunde' Op. 23


Geraldine McGreevy (soprano), Stella Doufexis (alto), Adrian Thompson (tenor), Stepan Loges (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)

“This disc is a delight from start to finish. Songs and interpretations are on a high level of achievement, in this case all the more welcome as these groups, for various reasons, don't figure that often in recitals. Both the Spanish sets are of the highest order of composition, though not often acknowledged as such. The Op 74 set is notable for many mood changes and its touches of fantasy, melded with a typically Schumannesque pull on the emotions. Alone or together, all four singers revel in their chances for expressive singing, none more than McGreevy, now a Lieder singer of major calibre, in 'Melancholie'.
McGreevy also stands out in the wistful duet 'In der Nacht' with the sensitive Thompson, a poem set quite differently, as are some others, by Wolf later in the century. Loges contributes to concerted pieces with his expected artistry and has fun with 'Die Contrabandiste'.
The Op 138 set is even fuller of variety of mood and composition. All four singers seize their chances eagerly, with faultlessly sculpted readings under the tutelage of Johnson, who's joined here by no less a pianist than Stephen Hough in the two-piano accompaniments.
The Andersen settings (Op 40) are fascinating songs delivered by Stephan Loges with refined tone and diction to which he adds a sure insight into their meaning in performances that compel one to place the set among Schumann's masterpieces in the genre. Add the naturally balanced recording and Johnson's extensive notes and this issue is treasure indeed.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - April 2002

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A Knot Of Riddles Angels Of The Mind And Other Songs

A Knot Of Riddles Angels Of The Mind And Other Songs


Bliss:

A Knot of Riddles

for baritone and eleven instruments (texts translated by Kevin Crossley-Holland from the old English of The Exeter Book)

Three Romantic Songs

(Walter de la Mare)

Four Songs

for voice, violin and piano

Seven American Poems

Two American Poems

(Edna St Vincent Millay)

Three Songs

Two Love Songs

The Tramps

When I was one-and-twenty

(A E Housman)


Geraldine McGreevy (soprano), Toby Spence (tenor), Henry Herford (baritone), Kathron Sturrock (piano)

The Nash Ensemble, Martyn Brabbins

“Nearly all Bliss's songs are here (only a few orchestral ones are omitted) but they're of uneven quality and are presented in almost random order, with no sense given of Bliss's development as a songwriter. It was a mistake to include the Two Love Songs, which are in fact the vocal movements of Bliss's beautiful Serenade for baritone and orchestra. Kathron Sturrock, throughout a wonderfully musical and responsive accompanist, does her best to make Bliss's piano reductions seem pianistic; but despite her they just sound clumpy.
The finest songs here are mostly on the second disc. Kathleen Raine's poems drew the best from the composer – simple eloquence, bold, shining gestures and memorable images including a fine nocturne: they're masterly, and would alone make investigating this pair of discs worthwhile.
Geraldine McGreevy sings them simply, purely and very movingly, as she does the progression from lyric charm to bare strength of The Balladsof the Four Seasons. Also on CD2 is The Tempest; this vivid storm scene is all that survives of some 1921 incidental music to Shakespeare's play, set with striking originality for two voices, trumpet, trombone and five percussion players. Things of such quality are rarer on CD1, though the ThreeSongs to poems by W H Davies are all strong, Bliss's setting of When I was one-and-twenty has a blithe insouciance, and several of the other sets contain pleasing discoveries, like the elegantly witty 'A Bookworm' from A Knot of Riddles or the charming 'Christmas Carol' that opens FourSongs. McGreevy is the best of the singers, but both Herford and Spence are committed advocates.
The best of these songs (about half) are of a quality to make their present neglect seem inexplicable.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Kathleen Raine's poems drew the best from Bliss: simple eloquence, bold, shining gestures and memorable images including a fine nocturne: they are masterly, and would alone make investigating this pair of discs worthwhile. Geraldine McGreevy sings them simply, purely and very movingly” Gramophone Magazine

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The Songs of Chausson

The Songs of Chausson


Chausson:

Serres chaudes (Maurice Maeterlinck) Op. 24

Trois lieder de Camille Mauclair Op. 27

Deux Poemes de Verlaine Op. 34

Trois Chansons de Shakespeare (translated by Maurice Bouchor) Op. 28

Various other songs


Dame Felicity Lott (soprano), Ann Murray (mezzo soprano), Chris Pedro Trakas (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano), Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)

Chilingirian Quartet

“With this disc, the music of Chausson really does find revelatory new significance” The Times

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