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Roth: Romantic Residues, etc; Britten, Skempton, etc / Gilchrist, Nicholls, Martin

Album Summary

>Roth, Alec : From California, for voice, flute & harp
>Roth, Alec : Romantic Residues, for voice & harp
>Britten, Benjamin : The Salley Gardens, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. I)
>Britten, Benjamin : O Waly, Waly, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. III)
>Welsh Traditional : Bugeilio'r gwenith gwyn (Watching the White Wheat), folk song
>Welsh Traditional : Dafydd y garreg wen (David of the White Rock), folk song
>Skempton, Howard : Songs (3) for Jennie
>Fauré, Gabriel : Morceau de concours for Flute and Piano in F major
>Ravel, Maurice : Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Caplet, André : Sonnets (2), for high voice & harp
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Une flûte invisible, song for voice, flute & piano
>Tournier, Marcel : La lettre du jardinier (Gardener's Letter), for voice & harp
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

James Gilchrist is now considered "unsurpassed among lyric tenors in sweetness and technical security, and for his musical intelligence" (The Independent, UK). For his first solo disc for Hyperion, he is partnered by harpist Alison Nicholls and flutist Jaime Martin in a fascinating recital of English, French and American songs and miniatures. This charming, impeccably performed collection also includes four 'Folksong arrangements' by Benjamin Britten, 'Three Songs for Jennie' by Howard Skempton (b. 1947), and songs by Saint-Saens, Faure, Caplet, Ravel and Marcel Tournier.

'James Gilchrist is one of the most expressive tenors of the day, his timbre soft-grained, his diction, immaculate, his lack of mannerism gratifying and his choice of repertory, on this disc of songs and song cycles with harp, interesting. Roth's Romantic Residues ... is a setting of deft, touching verses by Vikram Seth, and a wonderful vehicle for Gilchrist's intimate eloquence. That quality is never more searching than in four Britten folk-song arrangements' (The Sunday Times)

'[Roth] These are attractive works ... The resources of voice and instruments are imaginatively exploited. And the performances are excellent. On the Hyperion disc Roth shares with Britten, Ravel and others, the whole working together as an unusual and delightful programme ... Alison Nicholls, the fine harpist, writes informative notes for Hyperion' (Gramophone)

'[Britten] Beautifully played here by Alison Nicholls. Gilchrist sounds quite at home in the Welsh songs ... An interesting and intelligent singer, well served by his distinguished accompanists' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Roth has an ear for gracious, melodic vocal writing and his style is impressively cool and simple ... Ravel's gorgeous Five Popular Greek Melodies ... give a sense of Gilchrist's wide-ranging artistry, and also show what an excellent performer and accompanist Nicholls is on the harp' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Here's a refreshing summer issue. Tenor James Gilchrist, harpist Alison Nicholls and flautist Jaime Martin present a cocktail that has all the cool, clean refreshment of a glass of Pimms ... Ravel's Cinq melodies populaires grecques, whose final brief 'Tout gai!' issues a warm, seasonal frisson' (The Scotsman)

'This wistful Anglo-French programme from the tenor James Gilchrist and the harpist Alison Nicholls offers tracks to savour ... The Britten folk-song settings should never die' (The Times)

'The balance between voice and instruments is good, and Gilchrist's recorded voice is present but not too close. Because of its instrumentation and the interesting choice of music, this recital is slightly off the beaten track in a very pleasant way, and listeners whose CD collections already traverse the high road of song literature will find this a worthwhile and enjoyable byway' (International Record Review)



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>Roth, Alec : From California, for voice, flute & harp
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Jaime Mart?n (Flute); Jaime Martin (Flute); Alison Nicholls (Harp)
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (11/20/2007-11/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Roth, Alec : Romantic Residues, for voice & harp
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Alison Nicholls (Harp)
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (11/20/2007-11/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Britten, Benjamin : The Salley Gardens, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. I)
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Alison Nicholls (Harp)
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (11/20/2007-11/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1943

>Britten, Benjamin : O Waly, Waly, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. III)
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Alison Nicholls (Harp)
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (11/20/2007-11/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Welsh Traditional : Bugeilio'r gwenith gwyn (Watching the White Wheat), folk song
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Alison Nicholls (Harp)
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (11/20/2007-11/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Welsh Traditional : Dafydd y garreg wen (David of the White Rock), folk song
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Alison Nicholls (Harp)
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (11/20/2007-11/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Skempton, Howard : Songs (3) for Jennie
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Alison Nicholls (Harp)
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (11/20/2007-11/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Fauré, Gabriel : Morceau de concours for Flute and Piano in F major
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Jaime Mart?n (Flute); Jaime Martin (Flute); Alison Nicholls (Harp)
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (11/20/2007-11/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Ravel, Maurice : Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Alison Nicholls (Harp)
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (11/20/2007-11/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904-1906

>Caplet, André : Sonnets (2), for high voice & harp
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Alison Nicholls (Harp)
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (11/20/2007-11/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Une flûte invisible, song for voice, flute & piano
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Jaime Mart?n (Flute); Jaime Martin (Flute); Alison Nicholls (Harp)
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (11/20/2007-11/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Tournier, Marcel : La lettre du jardinier (Gardener's Letter), for voice & harp
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Alison Nicholls (Harp)
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (11/20/2007-11/22/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern