Background Image Background Image Background Image
background image

WH 0025
StarStarStarStarStar Rating
Log in to be the first to review this disc
Background Image Background Image Background Image
background image
Wigmore Hall Logo
WH 0025

Songs by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Ned Rorem

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2009

Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

Gerald Finley

bass-baritone

Julius Drake

piano

Venue:

Wigmore Hall, London



Producer:

Jeremy Hayes



Engineer:

Tony Faulkner



Record Label
Wigmore Hall

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Piano

Total Time - 69:34
Background Image Background Image Background Image
background image
Customers who bought this album, also bought...
CHAN%2010676.jpeg
Piano Works by 'The Mighty Handful'
CHAN%2010349.jpeg
Alwyn: The Film Music of William Alwyn, Volume 3
CHAN%2010695.jpeg
Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra
CHAN%208482.JPEG
Chopin: Etudes
CHAN%2010662.jpeg
Liszt: The Complete Annees de Pelerinage
CHAN%209749.jpeg
The Film Music of Alan Rawsthorne
WH%200057.jpeg
Schubert: Winterreise
CHAN%2010637.jpeg
The Lyrical Clarinet
CHAN%2010418.jpeg
Addison: The Film Music of John Addison
TO%200139.jpeg
John McCabe - Farewell Recital

Scroll Scroll

background image
SELECT YOUR MUSIC FORMAT FROM THE OPTIONS BELOW*
mp3question marklosslessoff  
*when you purchase a lossless format, we include the MP3 free of charge
Please Note: On Mp3 format an unavoidable click may be heard on segue track breaks, to avoid this issue please select lossless
 
DOWNLOADS
Buttonbooklet
   
Select Complete Single Disc for
 

PYOTR IL'YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

(1840-1893)
 

7 Songs

21:49  
1 Don Jaun's Serenade 2:54
2 It was in early spring 2:45
3 At the ball 2:39
4 By day or by night 3:39
5 The mild stars shone for us 3:37
6 Only one who knows longing 3:34
7 As over burning embers 2:18
   
 

MODEST PETROVICH MUSSORGSKY

(1839-1881)
 

Songs and Dances of Death

22:16  
8 Lullaby 5:35
9 Serenade 4:42
10 Trepak 5:16
11 The Field Marshal 6:20
   
 

NED ROREM

(b. 1923)
 

War Scenes

15:13  
12 A Night Battle 5:07
13 Specimen Case 2:22
14 An Incident 2:03
15 Inauguration Ball 1:50
16 The real war will never get in the books 3:38
   
  Encores  
17 Announcement 0:04
 

CHARLES IVES

(1874-1954)
18 

Memories (A) and (B)

3:46
   
19 Announcement 0:23
 

EINOJUHANI RAUTAVAARA

(b. 1928)
20 

Shall I compare thee?

2:03
   
21 Announcement 0:11
 

WOLSELEY CHARLES

(1889-1962)
22 

The Green-Eyed Dragon

4:48


Gerald Finley, has just received a 2008 Gramophone Award for a recital of songs by Barber.

This imaginatively conceived recital, recorded in October 2007, brings together works by Tchaikovsky, Musorgsky – the quintessentially Russian Songs and Dances of Death – and Ned Rorem, born in Indiana in 1923; it also includes encores by Charles Ives, Einojuhani Rautavaara and Charles Wolseley.

Hilary Finch, speaking on BBC Radio 3’s CD Review programme, described this recital and CD as “Gerald Finley in his prime - I think he’s never sung better than he’s singing now”, and chose it as her favourite CD of 2008. In the same programme, Rob Cowan spoke of Julius Drake as “marvellous - the things he was finding in the piano part of that song I don’t think I’ve ever heard anybody bring out so much in Musorgsky’s piano writing”.

"It is with great sense of pride that this disc becomes the 25th release of the Wigmore Live series, in a musical partnership I have enjoyed for many years with Julius Drake. Performing at the Wigmore is always a highlight of any career. The others in the series are distinguished performers I have admired for years and the performances are wonderful. The audiences at the Wigmore are always welcoming and knowledgeable, and this atmosphere is captured perfectly. Already a fine catalogue, I hope the Wigmore Live series continues its honour roll" Gerald Finley

 

"...this disc reinforces Gerald Finley’s credentials as one of the finest non-native singers of Russian. Abetted by Julius Drake’s dramatic, atmospheric playing, he combines burnished beauty of tone and unflinching emotional truth in Musorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death ... Relief comes courtesy of a clutch of witty encores, despatched by singer and pianist with virtuoso panache"

The Daily Telegraph

"The ’Wigmore Hall Live’ series reflects the high quality of chamber music and art-song available at this admirable venue. Many of the 25 CDs so far issued preserve events of special value (and at a reasonable price). This beautifully recorded example is certainly one of them"
 

ClassicalSource

"Superb performances mark a landmark release for Wigmore Hall. The 25th release in Wigmore Hall’s Live imprint proves to be a splendid recital by the Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley accompanied at the piano by the UK’s own Julius Drake ... Finley is outstanding, with Drake providing knowing, nuanced accompaniment"

HMV Choice

"the unbroken line of pity and compassion that ran through the perfectly integrated registers of his voice (and in perfect Russian) led the heart with compelling intensity from the cradle to the field of battle ... Finley’s finest hour was the magisterial and daring performance of Ned Rorem’s prose settings of Walt Whitman’s harrowing War Scenes"
 

The Times

"Gerald Finley can do no wrong at the moment, and this Wigmore Hall Live offering makes a cherishable keepsake of what was evidently a memorable event ... A packed auditorium listens in hushed captivation, and Tony Faulkner’s truthful sound and balance convey a palpable sense of occasion. A genuine treat, this, and not to be missed"

 

Gramophone

"This latest Wigmore Hall Live recording is among the finest so far, a really superb recital by this accomplished Canadian bass-baritone and his celebrated accompanist, Julius Drake ... Altogether a strongly recommended disc"
 

BBC Music Magazine



No User Reviews Found.