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Released in January 2016
Ben Johnson – I heard you singing (English Songs)James Baillieu, piano
Audience Prize-winner at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World (2013), accomplished young English tenor Ben Johnson lends his dulcet tones to a programme featuring a bouquet of ballads from the British Isles. This song form enjoyed extraordinary popularity in private homes throughout the Victorian, Edwardian and Modern eras, inspiring generations of talented composers – men and women – to marry words and music in a delightful variety of styles.
“…light-voiced and lyrical, with high notes to make you swoon…” The Guardian
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Jessica Pratt – SerenadeVincenzo Scalera, piano
Winner of the prestigious Siola d’oro opera prize (2013) for coloratura sopranos, Jessica Pratt has been lauded for her gleaming sound, agility and lyrical grace (New York Times) and is one of today’s most skilled bel canto singers. Her Serenade is a collection of art songs by some of the 19th century’s greatest opera composers, showcasing the florid Italian style of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, prefaced by French lyricism from Massenet, Gounod and Delibes.
Rosa Feola – Musica e PoesiaIain Burnside, piano
Young soprano Rosa Feola captured international attention as a treble prize-winner at the Plácido Domingo World Opera Competition (2010). Attributed ‘blazing star potential’ for her sensitive phrasing and imaginative colouring of words (Telegraph), she brings her feel for text to this celebration of music and Italian poetry, in which master orchestrator Respighi paints Tuscan folk scenes and woodland deities and the virtuoso Liszt is inspired by Petrarch.
“The timbre is natural – and the technique flawless” The Financial Times
Released in November 2014
Angel Blue - Joy AloneIain Burnside, piano
A protégé of Plácido Domingo, Angel Blue has enjoyed recent opera house triumphs in Valencia and at English National Opera. Following her acclaimed Wigmore Hall recital last year, this new Rosenblatt Recital studio recording features songs by Strauss, Rachmaninov, a selection of zarzuelas and Gershwin’s classic ‘Summertime’.
"This album establishes both Angel Blue’s exceptional competence and her confidence as a mature, assured singer… this really is an outstanding debut disc; a visiting card that tells us a major new artist has arrived." The Mail on Sunday
Roger Padullés - Mompou: SongsIain Burnside, piano
The Catalan tenor presents a studio recording entirely devoted to the beautiful songs of his great Catalan-Spanish compatriot, Federico Mompou (1893-1987). Though Mompou’s fame rests largely on his solo piano works, his many songs comprise the other genre for which he is recognised as a twentieth-century master.
Leo Nucci - Kings and Courtiers: Great Verdi AriasItalian Opera Chamber Ensemble
Famed for his sonorous tone and imposing stage presence, ‘Rigoletto du jour’ Leo Nucci is considered among the foremost interpreters of Verdi. In this new solo recording the venerable baritone performs some of the greatest arias by the Italian maestro, reprising together with instrumental accompaniment many of the operatic roles on which he has built his illustrious career.
Released in October 2013
Ekaterina Siurina - Amore e MorteIain Burnside, piano
Ekaterina Siurina celebrates the song-writing talents of four great composers better known for their operas in a recital of flirtatious, passionate and grief-stricken lovers plighting their troths in Naples, Florence, Venice and elsewhere.
"…a lovely Russian coloratura soprano" The New York Times
Ailish Tynan - Fauré MélodiesIain Burnside, piano
Ailish Tynan has made a speciality of French song. The mélodies of Gabriel Fauré lie at the heart of his romantic but elusive style, and this selection ranges from the composer's youthful embrace of Italian style to late and quietly innovative settings of Verlaine in which simplicity and profundity of expression go hand in hand.
"…a lyric voice of delicious purity" Opera Now
Francesco Meli - Britten: Michelangelo Sonnets, Liszt: Petrarch SonnetsMatteo Pais, piano
Francesco Meli is acclaimed for his mellifluous tenor in the French and Italian bel canto repertoire celebrated on this recital disc with songs and arias from Rossini to Massenet. Complementing these are song cycles by Liszt and Britten setting poems by two great figures of the Italian Renaissance, Michelangelo and Petrarch.
"…virtuosic flair and breathtaking force… impeccable sound command and beauty of tone" Bachtrack
Released in April 2013
Ailyn Pérez - Poème d’un jourIain Burnside, piano
A delightful programme of French and Spanish song explores the theme of love found, enjoyed and lost, from the dropped hints of Fauré to the fiery folk passion of Turina, Obradors and de Falla. The gentle charm of Reynaldo Hahn and impassioned fervour of Massenet's Manon are equally captured by American soprano Ailyn Pérez, who has bewitched audiences on both sides of the Atlantic in opera and song.
"…a beautiful woman who commands the stage, has the makings of a major soprano." The New York Times
Anthony Michaels-Moore - Songs of the SeaMichael Pollock, piano
From the distinguished British baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore comes a marine song-recital by Stanford which celebrates a time when England ruled the waves. The cycles by Vaughan Williams look further, from the Dorset vales towards America and the far horizon that has always attracted poets and composers.
"One of the most gorgeous voices on the opera stage today" Opera News
Lawrence Brownlee - This heart that fluttersIain Burnside, piano
With a negro spiritual, spectacular bel canto, romantic song and comic opera, Lawrence Brownlee unveils the breadth of his repertoire and the lyric tenor voice that has won acclaim at the New York's Metropolitan Opera (for his 'agility, elegance and Rossinian style’) and farther afield.
"Perhaps the finest bel canto tenor of our times… a supple, luminous voice that can only be described as heavenly… his impeccable phrasing and mind-blowing ornamentation came through loud and clear." The Washington Times
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