One Hundred Years of British Song, Vol. 2 James Gilchrist & Nathan Williamson

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Label: SOMM Recordings

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Interpret: James Gilchrist & Nathan Williamson

Komponist: William Alwyn (1905-1985), Alan Bush (1900-1995), Alan Rawsthorne (1905-1971), Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994), Doreen Carwithen (1922-2003)

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  • William Alwyn (1905 - 1985): A Leave-Taking:
  • 1Alwyn: A Leave-Taking: No. 1, The Pilgrim Cranes03:00
  • 2Alwyn: A Leave-Taking: No. 2, Daffodils02:17
  • 3Alwyn: A Leave-Taking: No. 3, The Ocean Wood03:42
  • 4Alwyn: A Leave-Taking: No. 4, Fortune's Wheel01:16
  • 5Alwyn: A Leave-Taking: No. 5, Study of a Spider05:22
  • 6Alwyn: A Leave-Taking: No. 6, The Two Old Kings04:15
  • 7Alwyn: A Leave-Taking: No. 7, A Leave-Taking05:51
  • Alan Bush (1900 - 1995): The Prison Cycle, Op. 19 (Pages from "The Swallow Book") [Arr. for Tenor & Piano]:
  • 8Bush: The Prison Cycle, Op. 19 (Pages from "The Swallow Book") [Arr. for Tenor & Piano]: No. 1, Andante lentamente01:30
  • 9Bush: The Prison Cycle, Op. 19 (Pages from "The Swallow Book") [Arr. for Tenor & Piano]: No. 2, Andantino piacevole02:52
  • Alan Rawsthorne (1905 - 1971): The Prison Cycle, Op. 19 (Pages from "The Swallow Book") [Arr. for Tenor & Piano]:
  • 10Rawsthorne: The Prison Cycle, Op. 19 (Pages from "The Swallow Book") [Arr. for Tenor & Piano]: No. 3, Poco gravamente01:38
  • 11Rawsthorne: The Prison Cycle, Op. 19 (Pages from "The Swallow Book") [Arr. for Tenor & Piano]: No. 4, Andante01:49
  • Alan Bush: The Prison Cycle, Op. 19 (Pages from "The Swallow Book") [Arr. for Tenor & Piano]:
  • 12Bush: The Prison Cycle, Op. 19 (Pages from "The Swallow Book") [Arr. for Tenor & Piano]: No. 5, Grave01:55
  • 13Rawsthorne: 2 Songs to Poems of John Fletcher: No. 1, Away, Delights03:20
  • 14Rawsthorne: 2 Songs to Poems of John Fletcher: No. 2, God Lyaeus00:55
  • Elizabeth Maconchy (1907 - 1994): 3 Donne Songs:
  • 15Maconchy: 3 Donne Songs: No. 1, A Hymn to God the Father03:23
  • 16Maconchy: 3 Donne Songs: No. 2, A Hymn to Christ05:39
  • 17Maconchy: 3 Donne Songs: No. 3, The Sun Rising03:26
  • Doreen Carwithen (1922 - 2003): 3 Songs to Poems by Walter de la Mare:
  • 18Carwithen: Serenade for Tenor & Piano01:21
  • 19Carwithen: 3 Songs to Poems by Walter de la Mare: No. 1, Noon02:03
  • 20Carwithen: 3 Songs to Poems by Walter de la Mare: No. 2, Echo (Seven Sweet Notes)02:10
  • 21Carwithen: 3 Songs to Poems by Walter de la Mare: No. 3, The Ride-by-Nights01:30
  • Doreen Carwithen:
  • 22Carwithen: Clear Had the Day Been01:45
  • 23Carwithen: Slow Spring02:41
  • 24Carwithen: Echo (Who Called?)02:08
  • Total Runtime01:05:48

Info zu One Hundred Years of British Song, Vol. 2

SOMM Recordings announces Volume 2 of its revelatory survey of One Hundred Years of British Song with tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Nathan Williamson.

Volume 1 received wide acclaim, Gramophone hailing it as 'a most impressive release', adding 'Gilchrist’s contribution is past praise… [with] immaculate support throughout from Williamson'. Awarded its Recording of the Month accolade, Limelight declared it 'a penetrating, frequently revelatory start to a promising new series'. Featuring 10 first recordings – Elizabeth Maconchy’s Three Donne Songs and seven songs by Doreen Carwithen – Volume 2 focuses on five composers whose belated involvement with song straddled the Second World War. Maconchy’s Three Donne Songs are described by Williamson in his informative booklet notes as 'substantial, ambitious songs, imbued with a genuine sense of drama by an assured composer at the height of her powers'. Carwithen’s seven miniatures represent her complete song output and display, as Williamson notes, 'the most imaginative and creative writing… real gems revealing the seeds of a truly imaginative and expressive musical personality'. William Alwyn’s A Leave-Taking deftly counterbalances the obvious influence of German romanticism with music of striking, involving simplicity. Alan Rawsthorne’s Two Songs to Poems of John Fletcher combine Elizabethan counterpoint with music hall humour. Rawsthorne also contributes to Prison Cycle alongside Alan Bush, a vivid setting of political texts by the German socialist playwright and poet Ernst Toller."

James Gilchrist, tenor
Nathan Williamson, piano

James Gilchrist
began his working life as a doctor, turning to a full-time career in music in 1996. His musical interest was fired at a young age, singing first as a chorister in the choir of New College, Oxford, and later as a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge.

James’ extensive concert repertoire has seen him perform in major concert halls throughout the world with conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington, Bernard Labadie, Harry Christophers, Harry Bicket and the late Richard Hickox. Recent highlights have included Britten’s Church Parables with performances in St Petersburg, London and at the Aldeburgh Festival, Handel’s L’Allegro il Penseroso ed il Moderato with the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Teatro Real, Madrid, Solomon with Les Violons du Roy, Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri and Die Schöpfung at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Britten’s Nocturne with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and War Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. In J.S. Bach’s great Passions of St John and St Matthew, James works consistently at the highest level and is recognised as the finest Evangelist of his generation; as one recent BBC Proms reviewer noted, ‘he hasn’t become a one-man Evangelist industry by chance’.

A prolific and versatile recitalist, James enjoys imaginative and varied programming in collaborations with pianists Anna Tilbrook and Julius Drake, and harpist Alison Nicholls. Recent appearances include a Schubertiade weekend at St John Smith Square and Schwanengesang coupled with Beethoven An die Ferne Geliebte at the Wigmore Hall. James recently returned to the Wigmore Hall to begin his project with Anna Tilbrook, Schumann and the English Romantics, pairing Schumann song cycles with new commissions from leading composers, Sally Beamish, Julian Philips and Jonathan Dove, setting English poetry of the Romantic period.

James’ impressive discography includes the title role in Albert Herring and Vaughan Williams’ A Poisoned Kiss for Chandos, St John Passion with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Finzi song cycle Oh Fair To See, Elizabethan Lute Songs When Laura Smiles with Matthew Wadsworth, Leighton Earth Sweet Earth, Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge, Finzi songs and Britten’s Winter Words for Linn Records and the critically-acclaimed recordings of Schubert’s song cycles for Orchid Classics. James and Anna Tilbrook have recently released a new disc of Schumann song cycles for Linn Records.

Recent engagements include performances with The King’s Consort at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest; concert performances of Semele with Concerto Köln, and Hercules with the English Concert; Handel’s Messiah with Boston Handel and Haydn Society; Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and with the Academy of Ancient Music; a recital with Julius Drake at the Concertgebouw and Haydn’s Creation with Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia and in a new staged production for Garsington Opera and Ballet Rambert, as well as appearing as the Evangelist in St Matthew Passion across Europe with the Monteverdi Choir.

This season, highlights include Handel L’Allegro with Stuttgart Bachakademie; Haydn Creation at Sadler’s Wells (Garsington Opera / Ballet Rambert) and in Denmark (Aarhus Symphony Orchestra); Christmas Oratorio across Europe with Windsbacher Knabenchor; and appearances at the Lammermuir, Roman River, Hatfield House and Oxford Lieder festivals. James will also curate a concert series of Bach and Purcell for the Academy of Ancient Music, and appears in the role of Reverend Horace Adams in Britten’s Peter Grimes for Bergen National Opera and the Edinburgh International Festival.

Nathan Williamson
(b.1978) leads a highly individual career as pianist, composer and artistic director. Alongside regular solo, chamber and concerto performances, Nathan is in demand for new work from a wide variety of artists both at home and abroad. He also stages and facilitates projects at local and national level, ranging from collaborations on new repertoire, performances for the concert hall and theatre, and music-making activities for musicians of all ages and abilities.

Nathan’s career has led to performances at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, De Doelen, Barbican Centre, Purcell Room, LSO St Luke’s, and the Aldeburgh, Lucerne, Bolzano and Spoleto festivals, and collaborations with artists including Claire Bloom, James Gilchrist, Guy Johnston, Arisa Fujita, Linda Merrick, The Gryphon Trio, Njabulo Madlala, Boris Kucharsky, Alexander Baillie, Ensemble Endymion, the Allegri and Sacconi Quartets, as well as working alongside numerous living composers in performances of their work. Since 2016 Nathan has been a member of the renowned new music ensemble Piano Circus who, alongside their position as artists-in-residence at Brunel University London, have commissioned over 100 new works from leading composers and undertake regular international tours.

In 2020 Nathan will perform a cycle of the five Beethoven Piano Concertos with the Prometheus Orchestra conducted by Edmond Fivet in Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings. The first four performed in February were met with high regards for which Donald Sturrock wrote: Power, vulnerability and a sense of spontaneous invention are essential for great Beethoven performances and Nathan had all of these, combined in something that was beautiful, elegant, heartfelt and thrilling… It was a total joy to hear Nathan’s subtle, touching and yet thoroughly grand performance. Nathan will conclude with Beethoven’s fifth ‘Emperor’ Concerto in October 2020.

2021-22 will see the release of three discs on SOMM of British song from 1914 to the present day with tenor James Gilchrist, including premiere recordings of his own music and that of John Woolrich, Geoffrey Poole, Doreen Carwithen and Gustav Holst.

Previous albums include Nathan’s debut recording, Brahms and Schubert: Late Piano Works, was reviewed by Donald Sturrock as ‘a truly electrifying debut from a musician with a rare marriage of thoughtfulness and passion… I doubt this Sonata [Schubert D.959] has ever had a more powerful advocate.’ His first CD for SOMM, Great American Sonatas (2017), was hailed by Musical Opinion as ‘a landmark in recordings of American Piano Music’ and his second disc, Colour and Light, of British 20th century piano works, was chosen as Album of the Month in International Piano Quarterly: ‘No praise could be high enough of Williamson’s performances… Whether in the dream-world of the Delius Nocturne or in the fire and ice of the Herschel Hill Toccata, Williamson unearths musical treasure beyond price’ (Bryce Morrison). Both solo recordings, along with a disc of British 20thcentury works with violinist Fenella Humphreys for Lyrita (2017), also received 5 star reviews in Classical Music, BBC Music Magazine and Musical Opinion.

Nathan’s own work Trans-Atlantic Flight of Fancyis featured on NOW Ensemble’s album Dreamfall (New Amsterdam Records) and Homecoming, a commission for violinist Piotr Szewczyk as part of his Violin Futura project, was recorded on Navona Records following dozens of performances by Szewczyk and other violinists worldwide.

Other recent compositions include The little that was once a man, a song cycle to texts by Bryan Heiser, premiered by James Gilchrist and the composer, and a major new Sonata for cello and piano was commissioned and premiered by Charles Watt and the composer at the 2018 William Alwyn Festival. A short children’s opera, Machine Dream, commissioned by Mahogany Opera, has been performed in numerous primary schools across the UK in the last 12 months as part of the ground-breaking ‘Snappy Operas’ project. Other recent commissions include works for the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Bury St Edmund’s Cathedral, piano-duo Mariko Brown and Julian Jacobson, and Ensemble Endymion. A cycle of String Quartets has led to premieres in the UK and US by the Tin Alley and Barbirolli Quartets. Nathan has also been commissioned several works for younger and amateur performers by Pro Corda and Music Works chamber music courses, Rugby School, Waveney and Blyth Arts, and the Chamber Music 2000 project.

Nathan studied with Malcolm Singer and Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, one of only a handful of students to ever graduate with a first in two disciplines. He won a scholarship to Yale University, where his principal teachers were Ezra Laderman, Martin Bresnick, Michael Friedmann and Joan Panetti, to whom he was appointed deputy on her revolutionary ‘Hearing’ programme of ear-training and aural analysis. Further postgraduate studies followed with Robert Saxton at Oxford University, before a period of teaching at the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Nathan lives in the town of Southwold, on the Suffolk coast, where he founded and directs the Southwold Concert Series and the Southwold Music Trust, seeking to make music a central part of the local community. He was also director of the Alwyn Music Festival for 2018 and 2019, an annual week-long festival of events all along the Suffolk coast in October. He is married to Daisy, a music therapist, and together with their two young children they love nothing more than heading straight out onto the beaches and beautiful countryside which surround their home.

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