Leighton: Earth, Sweet Earth

This page lists all recordings of Earth, Sweet Earth, by Kenneth Leighton (1929-88) on CD & SACD.

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James Gilchrist sings Leighton & Britten

James Gilchrist sings Leighton & Britten


Britten:

Winter Words, Op. 52

Leighton:

Earth, Sweet Earth


James Gilchrist (tenor) & Anna Tilbrook (piano)

“Gilchrist's bright, ringing tenor voice is compelling from the first note, but it's the range of expression and unaffected musicality that leave the lasting impression.” BBC Music

“As an interpreter of English song, Gilchrist is often in a class by himself.” The Times

Tenor James Gilchrist adds to his widely acclaimed series of albums celebrating British song with this programme by Kenneth Leighton and Benjamin Britten. Alongside pianist Anna Tilbrook, Gilchrist excels in a programme that includes the first modern recording of Leighton’s Earth, Sweet Earth and Britten’s popular and touching song cycle Winter Words.

Leighton’s Earth, Sweet Earth was commissioned in memory of Peter Pears – tenor and life-long partner of Benjamin Britten. This is the first modern recording of this work since the original recording by Neil Mackie for whom the work was written.

Earth, Sweet Earth requires astonishing virtuosity from both vocalist and pianist; the piano taking on an almost orchestral role in settings of text by Ruskin and Hopkins.

Britten wrote Winter Words for Peter Pears. Set to eight poems by Thomas Hardy, this is the composer’s most popular song set. James Gilchrist emotively conveys one of Britten’s favourite themes: the conflict between innocence and experience.

Gilchrist has established a reputation as the leading figure in English song interpretation following countless concert performances of works by Vaughan Williams, Britten, Purcell, Finzi, Warlock and Leighton.

James Gilchrist is in demand as a recitalist and chorus member and is a regular voice on BBC Radio 3 and a popular performer at the BBC Proms and UK festivals.

Pianist Anna Tilbrook (“An eloquent partner.” Daily Telegraph) displays her substantial talents as an accompanist providing flawless support to long-term performing partner James.

“[Earth, Sweet Earth is] a compelling musical span, and makes great demands on both performers; the piano writing in particular is hugely virtuosic, but Tilbrook meets its challenges superbly. Winter Words...is more familiar territory, and Gilchrist and Tilbrook judge its scale perfectly, making every detail of the musical and verbal imagery precise” The Guardian, 23rd September 2010 ***

“vividly nuanced performances by the British tenor and his regular duo partner Anna Tilbrook. Each word is clear, each pianistic colour brought out. Paired, fittingly, with Winter Words by Leighton's contemporary Benjamin Britten, this haunting disc provides a fierce elegy to our lost Eden.” The Observer, 26th September 2010

“Visionary and lyrical” Financial Times, 25th September 2010

“Gilchrist is an impressively rounded advocate. His enunciation is superb, his melodic phrasing is always wonderfully musical; he can be seductive, but at times there's an eloquent astringency not unlike the late Philip Langridge.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 *****

“Gilchrist and Tilbrook are an outstandingly accomplished and sensitive modern combination...the Leighton is a great gift.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2011

“Perhaps most impressive of all in this performance is Tilbrook's profoundly sensitive piano playing. She is a perfectly poised partner to Gilchrist's vocal intensity...Gilchrist is sufficiently his own man to put a stamp of individuality on these songs, which doesn't seek to evoke the Pears style yet still sounds totally right for this music.” International Record Review, December 2010

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The English Song Collection

The English Song Collection


Bliss:

Elegiac Sonnet

Britten:

Winter Words, Op. 52

Finzi:

Oh Fair to See, Op. 13

Till Earth Outwears, Op. 19

A Young Man's Exhortation, Op. 14

Gurney:

Ludlow and Teme

Leighton:

Earth, Sweet Earth

Vaughan Williams:

On Wenlock Edge

Warlock:

The Curlew


James Gilchrist (tenor), Anna Tilbrook (piano), Michael Cox (flute) & Gareth Hulse (cor anglais)

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet

The Times states, '...as an interpreter of English song, Gilchrist is often in a class by himself'; James’ hugely popular series of works by Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Gurney and Britten have proved this is the case. This special 3-disc collection brings together his finest recordings to date.

This collection includes the premiere recording of Gurney’s masterpiece Ludlow & Teme using the composer’s revised and corrected version which the composer declared to be his favourite.

It also includes the first modern recording of Leighton’s Earth, Sweet Earth since the original recording by Neil Mackie for whom the work was written.

All of Gilchrist’s recordings with Linn have been highly acclaimed; ‘On Wenlock Edge’ was a Finalist in the ‘Solo Vocal Album of the Year’ category at the 2008 Gramophone Awards and ‘Oh Fair to See’ was named a ‘Benchmark Recording’ by BBC Music.

James Gilchrist is a sought-after recitalist whose voice has been described as pure and sensitive with an even and beautiful tone.

Pianist Anna Tilbrook (‘an eloquent partner’ Daily Telegraph) displays her substantial talents as an accompanist providing flawless support to long-term performing partner James.

Also featured in this collection are Michael Cox (flute), Gareth Hulse (cor anglais) and The Fitzwilliam String Quartet.

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