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Vaughan Williams: Let Beauty Awake / Joshua Hopkins, baritone

Audio Samples

  1. Songs of Travel: No. 1. The Vagabond $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Songs of Travel: No. 2. Let Beauty Awake $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Songs of Travel: No. 3. The Roadside Fire $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Songs of Travel: No. 4. Youth and Love $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Songs of Travel: No. 5. In Dreams $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Songs of Travel: No. 6. The Infinite Shining Heavens $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Songs of Travel: No. 7. Whither must I Wander? $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Songs of Travel: No. 8. Bright is the Ring of Words $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Songs of Travel: No. 9. I Have Trod the Upward and Downward Slope $0.99 on iTunes
  10. South of North-Images of Canada: No. 1. Wilderness on Centre Island $0.99 on iTunes
  11. South of North-Images of Canada: No. 2. Vane $0.99 on iTunes
  12. South of North-Images of Canada: No. 3. Grace $0.99 on iTunes
  13. South of North-Images of Canada: No. 4. Northern River Falls $0.99 on iTunes
  14. South of North-Images of Canada: No. 5. Privity $0.99 on iTunes
  15. South of North-Images of Canada: No. 6. Stripe $0.99 on iTunes
  16. South of North-Images of Canada: No. 7. Congregation at the Shoreli $0.99 on iTunes
  17. South of North-Images of Canada: No. 8. Windmill $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Blue Mountain Ballads: No. 1. Heavenly Grass $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Blue Mountain Ballads: No. 2. Lonesome Man $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Blue Mountain Ballads: No. 3. Cabin $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Blue Mountain Ballads: No. 4. Sugar in the Cane $0.99 on iTunes
  22. 3 Songs, Op. 45: No. 1. Now have I fed and eaten up the rose $0.99 on iTunes
  23. 3 Songs, Op. 45: No. 2. A Green Lowland of Pianos $0.99 on iTunes
  24. 3 Songs, Op. 45: No. 3. O Boundless, Boundless Evening $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Songs of Travel, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Glick, Srul Irving : South of North, songs for voice & piano
>Bowles, Paul : Blue Mountain Ballads, songs (4) for voice & piano
>Barber, Samuel : Songs (3), for voice & piano, Op. 45
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Notes & Reviews:

"[Hopkins] bath[es] the poems in an innocent glow....[and] unearths winsome songs by Srul Irving Glick (1934-2002) and a series of Tennessee Williams miniatures by Paul Bowles (1910-99) - two North American composers who deserve to be better known." -Financial Times

"Joshua Hopkins won a Borletti-Buitoni award in 2006, and as this first recital disc of 20th-century songs demonstrates, he's a baritone of real promise and vocal presence...Hopkins delivers them all with such care and attention to their meaning that it seems churlish to want a bit more variation in colour from his singing." -The Guardian ***

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Françoys-Bernier Domaine Forget, Saint-Irénée, Qu (05/2009).



Reviews

Joshua Hopkins, Baritone
Winner of the 2006 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and the Verbier Festival Academy's 2008 Prix d'Honneur, Joshua Hopkins has been hailed as "…an outstanding young baritone with a virile, vigorous yet velvety sound and an immediately evident dramatic authority." Mr. Hopkins has signed an exclusive recording contract with ATMA Classique and his first solo recital recording on the label includes English language songs by Vaughan Williams, Glick, Bowles and Barber. This vocal recital features four contrasting and highly individual twentieth-century song cycles. Though apparently unconnected, Vaughan-Williams’ landmark Songs of Travel, Srul Irving Glick’s South of North - Images of Canada, Paul Bowles’ Blue Mountain Ballads, and Samuel Barber’s Three Songs, Opus 45 are united by the English language and by a strong sense of place - more specifically, by the underlying presence of nature.
Submitted on 11/19/10 by JAMES R. OESTREICH, The New York Times 
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Works Details

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Songs of Travel, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Joshua Hopkins (Baritone); Jerad Mosbey (Piano)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901-1904

>Glick, Srul Irving : South of North, songs for voice & piano
  • Performers: Joshua Hopkins (Baritone); Jerad Mosbey (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Bowles, Paul : Blue Mountain Ballads, songs (4) for voice & piano
  • Performers: Joshua Hopkins (Baritone); Jerad Mosbey (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1946

>Barber, Samuel : Songs (3), for voice & piano, Op. 45
  • Performers: Joshua Hopkins (Baritone); Jerad Mosbey (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1972