The Ballad Singer / Gerald Finley, tenor / Julius Drake, piano

Audio Samples

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sechs Gesänge mit Begleitung des Pianoforte, Op. 75
>Loewe, Carl : Edward, for voice & piano, Op. 1/1
>Loewe, Carl : Die wandelnde Glocke, for voice & piano, Op. 20/3
>Schubert, Franz : An den Frühling, D 338
>Schumann, Robert : Die Lowenbraut ("Mit der Myrtle geschmuckt"), song for voice & piano, Op. 31/1
>Schumann, Robert : Der Schatzgraber ("Wenn alle Walder schliefen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 45/1
>Brahms, Johannes : German folk songs (49) for voice & piano, WoO 33
>     Es war ein Markgraf überm Rhei
>Wolf, Hugo : Der Feuerreiter
>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : La Belle Dame Sans Merci, ballad for voice & piano
>Traditional, English : The Ballad of Lord Randall, folk song
>Sullivan, Arthur : The Lost Chord
>Emanuel, Guglielmo : The Desert
>Porter, Cole : The tale of the oyster (or The song of the oyster), song (from "Fifty Million Frenchmen")

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sechs Gesänge mit Begleitung des Pianoforte, Op. 75
>Loewe, Carl : Edward, for voice & piano, Op. 1/1
>Loewe, Carl : Die wandelnde Glocke, for voice & piano, Op. 20/3
>Schubert, Franz : An den Frühling, D 338
>Schumann, Robert : Die Lowenbraut ("Mit der Myrtle geschmuckt"), song for voice & piano, Op. 31/1
>Schumann, Robert : Der Schatzgraber ("Wenn alle Walder schliefen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 45/1
>Brahms, Johannes : German folk songs (49) for voice & piano, WoO 33
>Wolf, Hugo : Der Feuerreiter
>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : La Belle Dame Sans Merci, ballad for voice & piano
>Traditional, English : The Ballad of Lord Randall, folk song
>Sullivan, Arthur : The Lost Chord
>Emanuel, Guglielmo : The Desert
>Porter, Cole : The tale of the oyster (or The song of the oyster), song (from "Fifty Million Frenchmen")
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Notes & Reviews:

This latest release from the award-winning partnership of Gerald Finley and Julius Drake features the ballad - a literary and musical form that inspired the greatest voices of German Romanticism. This disc contains some of the greatest examples of the form, including Schubert's Erlkönig, as well as some fascinating and lesser-known works. Gerald Finley's unrivalled gift for characterization and story telling makes him the ideal performer of these works.

"Drake's playing has successfully suited the varied repertoire. Finley has enthralled with his interpretations and delighted with his singing purely as singing, combining the two aspects expertly." -International Record Review

"They're all tales and Finley is a fine tale-teller. In Loewe, he sounds as though he's singing just for you, the listener, so rapt and intense is his communication. Drake is a fine accomplice, tuning his fingers to full orchestral capacity for Schumann's psycho-drama 'Die Löwenbraut' and Wolf's 'Der Feuerreiter'" -BBC Music Magazine

The Times
Listen to these wonderfully melodramatic, mostly Victorian ballads by candlelight in a haunted house...Performances full of raging fortissimos and ghoulish tremolandos from Finley and his pianist Julius Drake.

Classic FM Magazine
Their approach to text and music consistently casts light on turbulent emotions, at times glaring in its dramatic intensity at others passed through restraining filters. The recital's heart pulses with Wolf's Der Feuerreiter and a spine-tingling account of Stanford's La belle dame sans merci.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (02/01/2010-02/03/2010).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sechs Gesänge mit Begleitung des Pianoforte, Op. 75
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (02/01/2010-02/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809

>Loewe, Carl : Edward, for voice & piano, Op. 1/1
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (02/01/2010-02/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Loewe, Carl : Die wandelnde Glocke, for voice & piano, Op. 20/3
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (02/01/2010-02/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Schubert, Franz : An den Frühling, D 338
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (02/01/2010-02/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1815

>Schumann, Robert : Die Löwenbraut ("Mit der Myrtle geschmückt"), song for voice & piano, Op. 31/1
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (02/01/2010-02/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Der Schatzgräber ("Wenn alle Wälder schliefen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 45/1
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (02/01/2010-02/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Brahms, Johannes : German folk songs (49) for voice & piano, WoO 33 :: Es war ein Markgraf überm Rhei
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (02/01/2010-02/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1894

>Wolf, Hugo : Der Feuerreiter
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (02/01/2010-02/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 10/10/1888

>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (02/01/2010-02/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 07/1898

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : La Belle Dame Sans Merci, ballad for voice & piano
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (02/01/2010-02/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Traditional, English : The Ballad of Lord Randall, folk song
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (02/01/2010-02/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Sullivan, Arthur : The Lost Chord
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (02/01/2010-02/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 01/13/1877

>Emanuel, Guglielmo : The Desert
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (02/01/2010-02/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.

>Porter, Cole : The tale of the oyster (or The song of the oyster), song (from "Fifty Million Frenchmen")
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (02/01/2010-02/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern