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Anthems for the 21st Century- Vasari Singers directed by Jeremy Backhouse

Anthems for the 21st Century- Vasari Singers directed by Jeremy Backhouse
ID: SIGCD059
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Choral Collection

Signum Classics are proud to release the second disc from the Vasari Singers on Signum Classics - Anthems for the 21st Century.

To celebrate its first twenty-five years of vibrant music making, the Vasari Singers commissioned ten composers to each write an anthem that would in their eyes reflect the state of the world at the start of the new millennium.

The brief indicated that each work should be suitable as an anthem in an Anglican cathedral Evensong, and that it could also look beyond any constraints of Liturgy or formal religious doctrine to embrace a wider, ecumenical audience. Perhaps something more humanistic that would have a voice in the multi-cultural, multi-faith societies of the new 21st century world?

6 - Fiona McWilliams, soprano / Daniel Burges, tenor
7 - Nicola Balzan, soprano / Julia Field, alto / David Jackson, tenor / Andrew Angus, bass
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Remember Your Lovers - Songs by Tippett, Britten, Purcell & Pelham Humfrey

Remember Your Lovers  - Songs by Tippett, Britten, Purcell & Pelham Humfrey
ID: SIGCD066
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Vocal and Piano

Sir Michael Tippett's great masterpieces - Boyhood's End and The Heart's Assurance - are coupled here with some of his editions of songs by Henry Purcell, and Benjamin Britten's companion piece to Boyhood's End - Canticle 1. Superbly performed by John Mark Ainsley and Iain Burnside, an added treat is the performance of Tippett and Bergman's edition of Pelham Humfrey's setting of John Donne's A Hymn to God the Father.

John Mark Ainsley is one of the world's leading tenors. He has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic, and has appeared with the San Fransisco Opera, and as Der Daemon in the world premiere of Henze's L'Upupa.

Iain Burnside has performed with artists including Dame Margaret Price and Susan Chilcott. As a broadcaster he has recently won a Sony Radio Award.
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Silvia Tro Santafé -Spanish Heroines - Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Julian Reynolds - conductor

Silvia Tro Santafé -Spanish Heroines - Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Julian Reynolds - conductor
ID: SIGCD152
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Voices and Orchestra

Since her American debut in the early nineties, Silvia Tro Santafé has become one of the most sought after coloratura mezzos of her generation. On this disc we hear the proof of her operatic talents, performing some of the greatest and most passionate arias of any operatic mezzo soprano.
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THE EXQUISITI HOUR - SARAH CONNOLLY

THE EXQUISITI HOUR - SARAH CONNOLLY
ID: SIGCD072
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Vocal and Piano

Following Sarah Connolly's series of title roles at English National Opera, Glyndebourne and New York's Metropolitan Opera in 2005, this live recital was recorded at St. John's, Smith Square, London, having been premiered at Carnegie Hall earlier in the year.
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Britten Abroad - A collection of songs by Benjamin Britten set in Italian, Russian, French & German

Britten Abroad - A collection of songs by Benjamin Britten set in Italian, Russian, French & German
ID: SIGCD122
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Vocal and Piano

Susan Gritton and Mark Padmore perform these songs with vigour, marvellously accompanied by Iain Burnside and do great justice to songs which many would regard as being the most distinctive and very finest examples of Britten’s art.

Britten’s extraordinary skill and fluency for setting his own native language has sometimes obscured the brilliance with which he embraced a wide range of foreign poetry throughout his career. In fact Britten left a series of exquisite settings, some of his very finest, in French, Italian, Latin, German, Russian, Scot dialect and Medieval English; and the role-call of poets attests to the diversity and sophistication of his literary tastes, including the work of Victor Hugo, Paul Verlaine, Artur Rimbaud, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Friedrich Hölderlin, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Alexander Pushkin, Bertolt Brecht and William Soutar. The earliest of these works (written when Britten was just fourteen) was the Quatre chansons françaises, settings of Hugo and Verlaine for high voice and orchestra, written in the summer of 1928 for his parents’ twenty-seventh wedding anniversary. Les Illuminations followed a decade later; Latin settings were a constant throughout his career, for his many liturgical settings and notably in War Requiem and the Cantata misericordium; we find Scots dialect in his Souter settings, Who are these children? and his authentic response to the challenge of early English texts is demonstrated in his mystery-play settings, Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac and Noye’s Fludde, and profoundly so in one of his very last works, the choral setting of eight medieval English lyrics, Sacred and Profane. But Britten’s settings of Italian, Russian, French and German, performed here by Susan Gritton, Mark Padmore and Iain Burnside are certainly amongst the most distinctive and very finest examples of his art, each fashioned specifically for a much-loved and favoured artist.
© Dr John Evans, 05.12.07
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On Wenlock Edge - Andrew Kennedy, tenor - Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano - Dante Quartet

On Wenlock Edge - Andrew Kennedy, tenor - Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano - Dante Quartet
ID: SIGCD112
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Vocal and Piano

Andrew Kennedy performs Vaughan Williams’ great and innovative work, On Wenlock Edge, nearly one hundred years after its premiere performance in 1909. Written for tenor, piano and string quartet Williams explored a chamber combination previously unexplored by other English composers.

Followed by Ludlow & Teme and Songs of Eternity & Sorrow Op.36 by Ivor Gurney & Ian Venables, this disc provides the listener with renditions from three great English composers ranging from the late nineteenth- century to the present day, performed beautifully by Andrew Kennedy, Simon Crawford-Phillips & the Dante Quartet.
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Lizst Abroad - Rebecca Evans - Andrew Kennedy -Matthew Rose -Iain Burnside

Lizst Abroad - Rebecca Evans - Andrew Kennedy -Matthew Rose -Iain Burnside
ID: SIGCD155
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Vocal and Piano

Whether from his years touring Europe as a virtuoso pianist or from his later émigré life in Paris and Weimar, Franz Liszt reflects in his song texts his ‘polyglot’ attraction to 19th-Century culture, shown in these setting of French, German, Italian, English, Russian and Hungarian words.

Michael Bacon sound engineer
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Poetry Serenade - Brian Knowles

Poetry Serenade - Brian Knowles
ID: SIGCD138
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Voices and Orchestra

Elin Manahan Thomas Juliette Pochin Jon Christos Nick Garrett

Poetry Serenade brings together four top british singers to perform the newest masterpieces from Brian Knowles, based on the work of poets including William Wordsworth, Thomas Hood and Christina Georgina Rossetti. The eighteen songs on Poetry Serenade have been chosen to give the listener an eclectic array of the differing texts and contrasting styles of composition. A disc marvelled with talent, not only from the principle voices but also the RSVP Voices, the Brighton Festival Youth Choir and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

FOREWORD by ALAN TITCHMARSH Brian Knowles is that rare thing - a composer of great originality who can also write good tunes! This CD is a terrific example of his work in setting some of the nation’s favourite poems to music. Having enjoyed Brian’s work myself for many years now, I’m happy to think that this CD will ensure it of a wider audience. His is a talent that deserves greater recognition and I congratulate him on a tremendous achievement. Alan Titchmarsh MBE


Jon Christos • Nick Garrett Juliette Pochin • Elin Manahan Thomas

The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

RSVP Voices - Director Rob Johnston (Tracks 2, 6, 10, 14, 17)

Brighton Festival Youth Choir - Director Juliette Pochin (Tracks 7, 8, 11)

Conducted By James Morgan
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Fair Albion: Visions of England

Fair Albion: Visions of England
ID: SIGCD178
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Voices and Chamber Ensemble

In recent years, Patrick Hawes has emerged as one of the country’s most popular and inspirational composers. Born in Lincolnhire, he studied music as an organ scholar at Durham University, and soon went on to make an impact in the world of choral music. April 2009 saw the release of Patrick’s latest album Song of Songs which was made CD of the week on Classic FM.
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Beethoven - Lieder und Gesänge

Beethoven - Lieder und Gesänge
ID: SIGCD145
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Vocal CollectionSubkolektion: Vocal and Piano

The second in a two part set of Beethoven's Lieder und Gesänge, with the luminous collaboration between the tenor, John Mark Ainsley and his accompanist Iain Burnside. Beethoven himself was not a keen song writer, yet despite this almost half of his total works call for a voice. This disc includes some of the best of those compositions.

John Mark Ainsley is accomplished as both a concert and operatic vocalist, performing at some of the most well renowned venues in the world. As well as having great experience and success as a live artist he also benefits from an extensive discography which covers repertoire from Bach to Stravinsky.

Iain Burnside enjoys a unique reputation as pianist and broadcaster and is most recognised for his collaborations with leading international singers. This will be Iain's seventh disc with Signum Classics.
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