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'Love's Minstrels' / Philippe Sly, bass-baritone; Michael McMahon, piano

Audio Samples

>Willan, Healey : British Folksong Arrangements (4), for voice & piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Sea fever, for voice & piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : The bells of San Marie, for voice & piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : The vagabond, for voice & piano
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Shakespeare Songs (5) for voice and piano, Op. 23
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The House of Life, song cycle for voice & piano
>Holst, Gustav : Vedic Hymns
>     Ushas (Dawn)
>     Varuna (Sky)
>     Maruts (Stormclouds)

Album Summary

>Willan, Healey : British Folksong Arrangements (4), for voice & piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Sea fever, for voice & piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : The bells of San Marie, for voice & piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : The vagabond, for voice & piano
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Shakespeare Songs (5) for voice and piano, Op. 23
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The House of Life, song cycle for voice & piano
>Holst, Gustav : Vedic Hymns
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In 2012, bass-baritone singer Philippe Sly won the First Prize of the prestigious 2012 Concours Musical International de Montréal, as well as the Opus prize for the Concert of the Year - Romantic, Post-Romantic and Impressionist Music.

That same year, he presented his first solo album, the critically acclaimed In Dreams, followed in 2013 by Les amants trahis with soprano Hélène Guilmette. With Love's Minstrels, Philippe Sly leads us in a world with folk accents by interpreting great English songs from early 20th century. Poetry, passion and an exceptional voice!

San Francisco Chronicle
In the ensemble cast of six, the standout performance was the precocious and phenomenally assured company debut of Adler Fellow Philippe Sly as Guglielmo. Adler Fellows don't often get cast at this level, but then again, Adler Fellows this gifted and accomplished are rare indeed. Sly's singing was at once robust and lyrical, with a beautiful range of tonal colors and the ability to combine virility and tenderness in a single phrase. His dramatic approach was charismatic and precisely etched - never more so than in "Donne mie la fate a tanti," his final outburst of wounded pride against the entire female sex.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Oscar Peterson Concert Hall (09/2013).



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Works Details

>Willan, Healey : British Folksong Arrangements (4), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael McMahon (Piano); Philippe Sly (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Sea fever, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael McMahon (Piano); Philippe Sly (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Ireland, John [Composer] : The bells of San Marie, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael McMahon (Piano); Philippe Sly (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Ireland, John [Composer] : The vagabond, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael McMahon (Piano); Philippe Sly (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Shakespeare Songs (5) for voice and piano, Op. 23
  • Performers: Michael McMahon (Piano); Philippe Sly (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1921

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The House of Life, song cycle for voice & piano
  • Performers: Philippe Sly (Bass Baritone); Michael McMahon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Holst, Gustav : Vedic Hymns :: Ushas (Dawn)
  • Performers: Michael McMahon (Piano); Philippe Sly (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1908-1914

>Holst, Gustav : Vedic Hymns :: Varuna (Sky)
  • Performers: Michael McMahon (Piano); Philippe Sly (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1908-1914

>Holst, Gustav : Vedic Hymns :: Maruts (Stormclouds)
  • Performers: Michael McMahon (Piano); Philippe Sly (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1908-1914