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Whither Must I Wander? English Songs by Vaughan Williams, Finzi and Quilter / David John Pike, baritone; Isabelle Trub, piano

Audio Samples

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Songs of Travel, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : I got me flowers, song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (Mystical Songs no 2)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Love bade me welcome, song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (Mystical Songs no 3)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Call ("Come, my way"), song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (or organ) (Mystical Songs
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Let Us Garlands Bring, song cycle for voice & piano (or string orchestra), Op. 18
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Shakespeare Songs (3) for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 6
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : House of life
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Linden Lea
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Blackmwore [sic] by the Stour, folk song for voice & piano

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Songs of Travel, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : I got me flowers, song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (Mystical Songs no 2)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Love bade me welcome, song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (Mystical Songs no 3)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Call ("Come, my way"), song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (or organ) (Mystical Songs
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Let Us Garlands Bring, song cycle for voice & piano (or string orchestra), Op. 18
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Shakespeare Songs (3) for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 6
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : House of life
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Linden Lea
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Blackmwore [sic] by the Stour, folk song for voice & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Centered around Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel, this collection of English song brings together three now influential figures in the world of British music - Vaughan Williams, his contemporary (in age rather than compositional approach) Roger Quilter, and the younger Gerald Finzi (whose work Let us Garlands Bring was composed to mark Vaughn Williams' 70th birthday). The texts used are drawn from a variety of source: from traditional 'Dorset' songs, through settings of Shakespeare, to the central song-cycle of poetry by Robert Louis Stevenson. Baritone David John Pike has a widely varied repertoire covering early music, oratorio, symphonic, opera and commissioned works. In his native Canada, in the UK and across Europe, he has worked with leading ensembles including Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London Philharmonic and the Schweizerkammerchor under the direction of Christophers, Dutoit, Jurowski, Marriner, Mehta, Rattle and Zinman.

Centered around Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel¸ this collection of English song brings together three now influential figures in the world of British music, Vaughan Williams, his contemporary (in age rather than compositional approach) Roger Quilter, and the younger Gerald Finzi (whose work Let us Garlands Bring was composed to mark Vaughan Williams' 70th birthday). The texts used are drawn from a variety of source: from Traditional 'Dorset' songs, through settings of Shakespeare, to the central song-cycle of poetry by Robert Louis Stevenson. Baritone David John Pike has a widely varied repertoire covering early music, oratorio, symphonic, opera and commissioned works. In his native Canada, in the UK and across Europe, he has worked with leading ensembles including Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London Philharmonic and the Schweizerkammerchor under the direction of Christophers, Dutoit, Jurowski, Marriner, Metha, Rattle and Zinman. He now has a growing reputation as an operatic concert soloist.

Pizzicato Magazine
With the congenial accompaniment of pianist Isabelle Trüb he achieves a degree of emotional penetration not necessarily obvious with this repertoire. Pike finds the right voice, the right tone, for every song. A further strength is the warmth of his pleasantly nutty, powerful voice, calm breath control, a beautiful legato and good mastery of the mezzovoce.

Luxemburger Wort, 22nd December 2012
[Pike] has a powerful, generous and malleable voice, that he puts to use with rare sensitivity...Trüb shows great sensitivity and admirable flexibility in the colours of her piano accompaniment, never ceasing to explore all the psychological finesses.

16vor.de, 8th January 2013
A baritone with pithy, but warm, rounded, never hard intonation, a piano accompanist who follows suit perfectly, music full of temperament, plus a accompanying personal note from the singer...Most impressive perhaps are the fresh and lively interpretations that make one forget that this is a studio production.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2013
A rising young baritone with a powerfully operatic voice. Supported by Isabelle Trüb's acommpaniments, often rather more assertive and colourful than reticent Brits expect, he gives the Songs of Travel a distinctively dramatic edge...It's already had the good word from Sir Thomas Allen, and no wonder.

MusicWeb International, 29th April 2013
It is a real pleasure to make the acquaintance of David John Pike on this quite superb recording. The singer has all the qualities that one looks for in this repertoire: a well-focused and steady delivery, imaginative response to the text, and a real sense of legato.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Centre ArcA, Bertrange, Luxembourg (01/2011); Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg (01/2011); Centre ArcA, Bertrange, Luxembourg (04/2012); Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg (04/2012).



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Works Details

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Songs of Travel, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Isabelle Trüb (Piano); David Pike
  • Running Time: 21 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901-1904

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : I got me flowers, song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (Mystical Songs no 2)
  • Performers: Isabelle Trüb (Piano); David Pike
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Love bade me welcome, song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (Mystical Songs no 3)
  • Performers: Isabelle Trüb (Piano); David Pike
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Call ("Come, my way"), song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (or organ) (Mystical Songs
  • Performers: Isabelle Trüb (Piano); David Pike
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1911

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Let Us Garlands Bring, song cycle for voice & piano (or string orchestra), Op. 18
  • Performers: Isabelle Trüb (Piano); David Pike
  • Running Time: 16 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1929-1942

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Shakespeare Songs (3) for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 6
  • Performers: Isabelle Trüb (Piano); David Pike
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1905

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : House of life
  • Performers: Isabelle Trüb (Piano); David Pike
  • Notes: Composition written: 1903.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Linden Lea
  • Performers: Isabelle Trüb (Piano); David Pike
  • Notes: Composition written: 1901.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Blackmwore [sic] by the Stour, folk song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Isabelle Trüb (Piano); David Pike
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901