JAMES GILCHRIST (tenor), ANNA TILBROOK (piano), PHILIP DUKES (VIOLA)
Having previously recorded British repertoire on Chandos, James Gilchrist joins the pianist Anna Tilbrook nine years after their previous recording, in a lyrical journey through some of Vaughan Williams’s best songs and rarely heard chamber works. They are joined by Philip Dukes, ‘Great Britain’s most outstanding viola player’, according to The Times.
This album captures the composer’s love for both the voice and the viola, bringing together five works for tenor and piano, two for tenor, viola, and piano, and two works for viola and piano alone.
Central to the recording is the fresh, invigorating, and at times reflective cycle Songs of Travel, composed between 1901 and 1904, of special interest is also an arrangement of ‘Rhosymedre’ by the chief music critic of The Times, Richard Morrison, recorded here for the first time and performed by the same forces who gave the premiere of the arrangement in St John’s Smith Square in 2016, to critical acclaim.
James Gilchrist’s latest recording for Linn encompasses three of the greatest examples of the song cycle genre.
Moving away from English song into the core Germanic Lieder repertoire, James’s expressive tenor voice is ideally suited to showcase the emotional nuances of Schumann’s vocal writing. Liederkreis shows Schumann at his most lyrical and deeply romantic; incredibly Op. 24 was his first published vocal composition. Dichterliebe, Schumann’s best-known song cycle, is regarded as one of the finest in the German language, notable for its perfect pairing of Heinrich Heine’s poetry with Schumann’s music.
Berkeley Five Chinese Songs Op 78 Britten Songs from the Chinese Op 58 Sally Beamish Four Songs from Hafez Schubert ‘Ständchen’ from Schwanengesang Dowland ‘In Darkness let me Dwell’ & ‘Come, heavy sleep’ Britten Nocturnal after John Dowland Op 70 Schumann Liederkreis Op 39
Maria Keohane and Katharine Dain (sopranos)
Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Chloë Hanslip (violins)
Lilli Maijala and Brett Dean (violas)
Natalie Clein and Marc Coppey (cellos)
Philippe Bernold and Fiona Kelly (flute)
Romain Guyot and Mathias Kjøller (clarinets)
with Anna Tilbrook (piano)
André Previn – Two Remembrances
Maurice Ravel – Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé
Johannes Brahms – String Sextet in B flat Op.18
St John’s Smith Square Festival
A Poets’s Love – Schumann and Mendelssohn
Saturday 27th June
St John’s Smith Square, London
James Gilchrist (tenor), Anna Tilbrook (piano) Ellie Fagg (violin) Louisa Tuck (cello)
Felix Mendelssohn – Lieder
Felix Mendelssohn – Piano Trio in D minor Op.49
Carolyn Sampson (soprano) James Gilchrist (tenor) Anna Tilbrook (piano)
Robert Schumann – Myrten Op.25
Carolyn Sampson (soprano) James Gilchrist (tenor) Louisa Tuck (cello) Anna Tilbrook (piano)
Robert Schumann – Tanzlied, In der Nacht (duets)
Robert Schumann – Jasminenstrauch, Die Blume der Ergebung, Schneeglöckchen, Meine Rose
Robert Schumann – Three Romances for Cello and Piano
Robert Schumann – Liederkreis Op.24
James Gilchrist (tenor) Anna Tilbrook (piano) Tom Norris, Ellie Fagg (violins), Philip Dukes (viola) Louisa Tuck (cello)
Robert Schumann – Adagio and Allegro Op.70
Robert Schumann – Fantasiestücke Op.12
Robert Schumann – Piano Quintet Op.44
Robert Schumann – Dichterliebe Op.48
The charismatic duo of James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook continue their exploration of English Song in My Beloved is Mine. This new recording explores the song cycles of Benjamin Britten, including ‘On This Island’, ‘The Holy Sonnets of John Donne’, ‘Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo’ and ‘Canticle I ‘My Beloved is Mine”.
Dauntsey’s School, West Lavington, Wiltshire, SN10 4HEJames Gilchrist (tenor), Anna Tilbrook (piano) Programme to include: Purcell, arranged by Britten and Tippett Britten Winter Words Ravel Histoire Naturelles Schubert Four Spring Songs For more information, contact: dauntseys.org.uk 01380 814500
Tuesday 16th October 2012, 1.30pm All Saints’ Church, Okehampton
Caroline Macphie (soprano), Anna Tilbrook (piano)
The convergence of the twain: a recital to mark the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the “Titanic”.
Haydn: The Mermaid’s Song, Head: The ships of Arcady Britten: Seascape from On this island Fauré: Au bord de l’eau, Les berceaux Berlioz: I’ile inconnue Bizet: Douce mer Schubert: 3 songs Poulenc: Les chemins de l’amour Strauss: Mein Herz ist stumm Handel: Farewell, ye limpid springs
Third and final recording in renowned British tenor James Gilchrist’s series of Schubert song recitals for Orchid Classics. Andrew Mellor in BBC Music referred to Gilchrist’s “treasure-trove of a voice”.
John Jeffreys (b.1927 – d.2010) was a British composer who specialised in music for solo voice. His songs, exemplified by this fine collection, are masterworks of the genre directly in the tradition inherited from Moeran, Delius, Finzi, and especially Warlock. Beautifully performed by James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook these works are timeless and will have lasting appeal.