Lesson In Love / Kate Royal

Audio Samples

>Bolcom, William : Waitin for voice & piano
>Schumann, Robert : Jemand, Op. 25 no 4
>Wolf, Hugo : Die Kleine
>Liszt, Franz : Es muss ein Wunderbares sein, S 314
>Debussy, Claude : Apparition
>Wolf, Hugo : Italienisches Liederbuch II
>Wolf, Hugo : Lieder von Mörike
>Schubert, Franz : Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118
>Schubert, Franz : Rastlose Liebe, D 138/Op 51
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Pour un baiser
>Canteloube, Joseph : Chut, Chut, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 4, no 4)
>Bridge, Frank : Love went a-riding, for voice & piano (or orchestra), H 114
>Copland, Aaron : Pastorale, song for voice & piano
>Beach, Amy : Ah, Love, But a Day, song for voice & piano (Robert Browning Songs no 2), Op. 44/2
>Schumann, Robert : Lied der Braut aus dem Liebesfruhling I ("Mutter! Mutter! Glaube nicht!"), song for voice & piano (M
>Schumann, Robert : Lied der Braut aus dem Liebesfruhling II ("Lass mich ihn am Busen hangen"), song for voice & piano (
>Ravel, Maurice : Chanson de la mariee, song for voice & piano (Melodies popularies grecques no 1)
>Fauré, Gabriel : Donc, ce sera par un clair jour d'ete, for voice & piano or string quintet & piano (La Bonne chanson
>Strauss, Richard : Hochzeitlich Lied ("Lass Akaziendufte schaukeln"), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/6 (TrV 187/6)
>Duparc, Henri : Extase
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
>     Am Sonntag Morgen zierlich angethan, Op. 49/1
>Schubert, Franz : Refrainlieder (4), D 866/Op. 95
>Schubert, Franz : Du liebst mich nicht, D 756
>Traditional, English : O Waly, Waly, folk song
>Copland, Aaron : Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson
>     no 5. Heart, we will forget him!
>Traditional, Irish : Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), folk song
>Anonymous : I Will Walk With My Love for voice & piano
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track

Album Summary

>Bolcom, William : Waitin for voice & piano
>Schumann, Robert : Jemand, Op. 25 no 4
>Wolf, Hugo : Die Kleine
>Liszt, Franz : Es muss ein Wunderbares sein, S 314
>Debussy, Claude : Apparition
>Wolf, Hugo : Italienisches Liederbuch II
>Wolf, Hugo : Lieder von Mörike
>Schubert, Franz : Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118
>Schubert, Franz : Rastlose Liebe, D 138/Op 51
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Pour un baiser
>Canteloube, Joseph : Chut, Chut, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 4, no 4)
>Bridge, Frank : Love went a-riding, for voice & piano (or orchestra), H 114
>Copland, Aaron : Pastorale, song for voice & piano
>Beach, Amy : Ah, Love, But a Day, song for voice & piano (Robert Browning Songs no 2), Op. 44/2
>Schumann, Robert : Lied der Braut aus dem Liebesfruhling I ("Mutter! Mutter! Glaube nicht!"), song for voice & piano (M
>Schumann, Robert : Lied der Braut aus dem Liebesfruhling II ("Lass mich ihn am Busen hangen"), song for voice & piano (
>Ravel, Maurice : Chanson de la mariee, song for voice & piano (Melodies popularies grecques no 1)
>Fauré, Gabriel : Donc, ce sera par un clair jour d'ete, for voice & piano or string quintet & piano (La Bonne chanson
>Strauss, Richard : Hochzeitlich Lied ("Lass Akaziendufte schaukeln"), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/6 (TrV 187/6)
>Duparc, Henri : Extase
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49
>Schubert, Franz : Refrainlieder (4), D 866/Op. 95
>Schubert, Franz : Du liebst mich nicht, D 756
>Traditional, English : O Waly, Waly, folk song
>Copland, Aaron : Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson
>Traditional, Irish : Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), folk song
>Anonymous : I Will Walk With My Love for voice & piano
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

A Lesson in Love tells the universal story of a love won and lost, containing beautiful and emotional German lieder and French melodies, as well as English and American songs. The album charts the journey of a young girl’s relationship, beginning with the first kiss, the thrill of a blossoming love and the joy of a love fulfilled, to finally the disappointment and anger of a relationship broken apart. It ends with the girl’s acceptance and a cheeky sense of optimism about what her future love life might hold. Kate creates her own unique song cycle – a thematic journey through the highs and lows of love, telling a story of young naivety lost as well as emotional maturity gained: feelings and experiences to which many can relate.

Kate Royal’s first two orchestral discs for EMI have been critically acclaimed. Here, she turns her attention towards a more intimate recital disc with piano. A Lesson in Love contains a mixture of well-known songs as well as some surprising rarities, with a range of song styles and languages. Kate Royal is joined by the most esteemed and respected accompanist, Malcolm Martineau, in this magnificent release.

“Kate Royal registers as a deeply emotive . . . her unutterably beautiful timbre is perfect . . . with every phrase elegantly shaped.” – Opera News

"Kate Royal's beautifully sung new album, with finely characterised piano-playing from Malcolm Martineau, ranges imaginatively across a spectrum of composers who have captured the first pangs, the heartaches and the dashed hopes that can make life such a maelstrom of emotion." -Gramophone

"Royal, with Malcolm Martineau at the piano, finds a character and colour for each of her 28 songs...William Bolcom’s gentle “Wait in” at the start and finish is well justified, and her Bridge and Britten are heartfelt, but the gem is Amy Beach’s winsome 'Ah, Love but a day!'" -Financial Times

"Royal's idea of combining songs of disparate eras and styles to tell a single love story works beautifully...[She] sings with radiant beauty and powerful emotional immediacy. If the golden warmth of her voice shows a hint of tightening when pushed on her high notes, it doesn't detract from the overall impact." -Classic FM

"An intriguingly fresh and unhackneyed programme...Kate Royal proves herself a compelling recitalist, colouring words with feeling and creating vivid atmosphere and character." -The Daily Telegraph

Gramophone Magazine
Kate Royal's beautifully sung new album, with finely characterised piano-playing from Malcolm Martineau, ranges imaginatively across a spectrum of composers who have captured the first pangs, the heartaches and the dashed hopes that can make life such a maelstrom of emotion.

International Record Review
Royal is generally in fine voice...luscious warmth is much in evidence. Royal is an exception among the majority of lyric sopranos these days in boasting an especially substantial middle range, which really glows throughout this disc.

BBC Music Magazine
Royal is on fine form in the Schumann and Schubert Lieder, with Malcolm Martineau at the piano stage-managing the show admirably, as indeed he does throughout.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-).



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Works Details

>Bolcom, William : Waitin for voice & piano
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Schumann, Robert : Jemand, Op. 25 no 4
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Wolf, Hugo : Die Kleine
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 03/08/1887

>Liszt, Franz : Es muss ein Wunderbares sein, S 314
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1852

>Debussy, Claude : Apparition
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Wolf, Hugo : Italienisches Liederbuch II
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 04/12/1896

>Wolf, Hugo : Lieder von Mörike
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 03/20/1888

>Schubert, Franz : Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/19/1814

>Schubert, Franz : Rastlose Liebe, D 138/Op 51
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: ?1815

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Pour un baiser
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1870-1915

>Canteloube, Joseph : Chut, Chut, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 4, no 4)
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1923-1930

>Bridge, Frank : Love went a-riding, for voice & piano (or orchestra), H 114
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Copland, Aaron : Pastorale, song for voice & piano
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Beach, Amy : Ah, Love, But a Day, song for voice & piano (Robert Browning Songs no 2), Op. 44/2
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Schumann, Robert : Lied der Braut aus dem Liebesfrühling I ("Mutter! Mutter! Glaube nicht!"), song for voice & piano (M
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Lied der Braut aus dem Liebesfrühling II ("Lass mich ihn am Busen hangen"), song for voice & piano (
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Ravel, Maurice : Chanson de la mariée, song for voice & piano (Mélodies popularies grecques no 1)
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1905-1906

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Donc, ce sera par un clair jour d'été, for voice & piano or string quintet & piano (La Bonne chanson
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892-1894

>Strauss, Richard : Hochzeitlich Lied ("Lass Akaziendüfte schaukeln"), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/6 (TrV 187/6)
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Duparc, Henri : Extase
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 49 :: Am Sonntag Morgen zierlich angethan, Op. 49/1
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864-1868

>Schubert, Franz : Refrainlieder (4), D 866/Op. 95
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1826

>Schubert, Franz : Du liebst mich nicht, D 756
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1822

>Traditional, English : O Waly, Waly, folk song
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1765

>Wolf, Hugo : Italienisches Liederbuch II
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 04/29/1896

>Copland, Aaron : Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson :: no 5. Heart, we will forget him!
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1949-1950

>Traditional, Irish : Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), folk song
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1855

>Anonymous : I Will Walk With My Love for voice & piano
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Bolcom, William : Waitin for voice & piano
  • Performer: Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (2010-04-18_2010-04-19&2010-)
  • Period Time: Modern