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Songs for Tenor Voice and Guitar

Songs for Tenor Voice and Guitar

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2005

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2004

Artists:

Philip Langridge


Stephen Marchionda

guitar

Venue:

Wathen Hall, St Pauls School, Barnes



Producer:

Rachel Smith



Engineer:

Jonathan Cooper


Matthew Walker

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Guitar

Total Time - 73:29
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Songs for Tenor Voice and Guitar

 

JOHN DOWLAND

(1563-1626)
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1 

Come, heavy Sleep*

2:19
  From First Booke of Songs or Ayres (1597)  
 Philip Langridge
 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

(1913-1976)
2 

Nocturnal after John Dowland: Reflections on 'Come, heavy Sleep', Op. 70

19:32
  for Julian Bream  
  Musingly - Very agitated - Restless - Uneasy -  
   
premiere recording
 

NICHOLAS MAW

(b. 1935)
 

Six Interiors*

17:44  
  For voice and guitar  
  For the Dyke family, Wincanton, Somerset  
3 1 To Life. Allegramente 1:31
4 2 Neutral Tones. Senza misura - 3:35
5 3 At Tea. Allegretto con moto 2:10
6 4 In Tenebris. Lento 5:25
7 5 I Look into My Glass. Tempo rubato, senza misura 2:09
8 6 Inscriptions for a Peal of Eight Bells. Con brio: L'istesso tempo - 2:44
 Philip Langridge
   
premiere recording
9 

Music of Memory

21:22
  For solo guitar  
  Written and dedicated to my friend Eliot Fisk  
 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

 

Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58*

10:06  
  For tenor and guitar  
10 1 The Big Chariot. Heavy 2:02
11 2 The Old Lute. Slow and remote - Quick 2:19
12 3 The Autumn Wind. Very quick 1:30
13 4 The Herd-Boy. Freely 1:22
14 5 Depression. Very slow and tired 1:24
15 6 Dance Song. Gay 1:19
 Philip Langridge
 

JOHN DOWLAND

16 

Weepe you no more, sad fountaines*

2:46
  From Third and Last Booke of Songs or Ayres (1603)  
Following hot on the heels of his extraordinary performance as Aschenbach in Chandos’ Death in Venice, Philip Langridge brings his rare musical and dramatic abilities to these songs by three British composers. There are parallels in the works that make up this intriguing programme. Britten was one of the first to schedule concert performances of lute songs, such as those by John Dowland, with the original lute accompaniment, rather than piano arrangement as had previously been standard practice. Britten was inspired by these songs to write new works for voice and guitar while Nicholas Maw, a composer of the next generation, has developed this lyrical intensity and poetic sensibility even further.

Contains the premiere recordings of Nicholas Maw’s Six Interiors and Music of Memory.

Philip Langridge is joined on this disc by multiaward-winning American guitarist Stephen Marchionda. In the early 1990s, Marchionda received lessons from Julian Bream, who described him as a ‘strong, spirited performer’. Philip Langridge and Stephen Marchionda will be appearing at the Wigmore Hall on the 5th November as part of Nicholas Maw's 70th birthday celebrations and at the Frick Collection, New York City on the 27th of November 2005. Other concerts during this time include dates in Vermont, Los Angeles, Minnesota and Toronto.


"The pair of songs by John Dowland which frame the programme on this CD are characteristic of his refined and deeply expressive art. Come, heavy Sleep and Weepe you no more, sad fountaines both explore the poetic association between sleep and death yet are not grief-stricken laments but gentle, even rueful reflections on humanity and mortality.

Benjamin Britten always found Dowland’s music very sympathetic. Nocturnal after John Dowland: Reflections on Come, heavy Sleep (1964) for guitar is a set of variations in which the original Dowland theme is not heard until shortly before the end.

Nicholas Maw’s Six Interiors for voice and guitar (1966) might seem to make a bow in the direction of Britten’s masterly Hardy cycle Winter Words but Maw brings his own fresh rhetorical imagination to bear on these characteristically bleak, occasionally sardonic texts. Much later, in 1989, Maw composed his Music of Memory for solo guitar, which, like Britten’s Nocturnal, is – in Maw’s words – ‘a somewhat freely organised set of variations’, or ‘meditations’. The theme is by Mendelssohn, but this is not stated clearly at the beginning, nor at the end: rather, parts of it rise to the surface from time to time, in the wistful, gentle style of the Intermezzo from the String Quartet, Op. 13, shading in and out of Maw’s own harmonically richer but no less poignantly romantic idiom.

Britten’s Songs from the Chinese, first performed at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1958, take us back to the origins of the collaboration between Peter Pears and Julian Bream. The texts, drawn from Arthur Waley’s translations of Chinese poets, are meditations – part stoically serious, part wryly ironic – on ageing, and the music has a particular harmonic and rhythmic subtlety demonstrating the composer’s keen response
to what was, for him, a new medium.
"

This is rather special: one of the finest British tenors plus a guitarist who can obtain such a range of colour and expression from his instrument that 74 minutes doesn’t seem a second too long… Superb recordings too: intimate without ever feeling too close and finely balanced.
BBC Music Magazine

This is English music proclaiming its pedigree and perhaps asserting a national identity that the post-1945 generation of composers had rediscovered, first with Purcell and then in the High English Renaissance. Nicholas Maw’s ‘Six Interiors’ recorded here for the first time by Philip Landgridge and Stephen Marchionda complements Britten’s ‘Songs from the Chinese’ in this thoughtfully created recital.

Impeccable artistry in the songs and eloquence in the guitar solos.
Gramophone

…on this evidence theres still no finer singer-actor in the world.
London Evening Standard

I doubt whether I shall ever hear Aschenbach sung with more telling, truthful or touching insight.
The Times




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A Norman

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B Mcevoy