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Leighton & Britten Songs / Gilchrist

Album Summary

>Leighton, Kenneth : Earth, Sweet Earth, solo cantata for tenor & piano (Laudes Terrae), Op. 94
>Britten, Benjamin : Winter Words, Op. 52
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Notes & Reviews:

International Record Review
Perhaps most impressive of all in this performance is Tilbrook's profoundly sensitive piano playing. She is a perfectly poised partner to Gilchrist's vocal intensity... Gilchrist is sufficiently his own man to put a stamp of individuality on these songs, which doesn't seek to evoke the Pears style yet still sounds totally right for this music.

Gramophone Magazine
Gilchrist and Tilbrook are an outstandingly accomplished and sensitive modern combination... the Leighton is a great gift.

BBC Music Magazine
Gilchrist is an impressively rounded advocate. His enunciation is superb, his melodic phrasing is always wonderfully musical; he can be seductive, but at times there's an eloquent astringency not unlike the late Philip Langridge.

Financial Times
Visionary and lyrical

The Observer
Vividly nuanced performances by the British tenor and his regular duo partner Anna Tilbrook. Each word is clear, each pianistic colour brought out. Paired, fittingly, with Winter Words by Leighton's contemporary Benjamin Britten, this haunting disc provides a fierce elegy to our lost Eden.

The Guardian
[Earth, Sweet Earth is] a compelling musical span, and makes great demands on both performers; the piano writing in particular is hugely virtuosic, but Tilbrook meets its challenges superbly. Winter Words... is more familiar territory, and Gilchrist and Tilbrook judge its scale perfectly, making every detail of the musical and verbal imagery precise

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Christ's Hospital, Horsham (09/08/2008-09/10/2008); Christ's Hospital, Horsham (11/26/2008).



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>Leighton, Kenneth : Earth, Sweet Earth, solo cantata for tenor & piano (Laudes Terrae), Op. 94
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Anna Tilbrook (Piano)
  • Notes: Christ's Hospital, Horsham (09/08/2008-09/10/2008); Christ's Hospital, Horsham (11/26/2008)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985-1986

>Britten, Benjamin : Winter Words, Op. 52
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Anna Tilbrook (Piano)
  • Notes: Christ's Hospital, Horsham (09/08/2008-09/10/2008); Christ's Hospital, Horsham (11/26/2008)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953