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Remembering Alfred Deller - works by Blow, Fricker, Handel, Ridout, Tippett et al. / James Bowman & Robin Blaze, countertenors

Album Summary

>Bergmann, Walter : Pastorale, for countertenor & recorder
>Tippett, Michael : Inventions (4) for 2 recorders
>Ridout, Alan : Soliloquy, for countertenor, recorder, cello & harpsichord
>Williams, William : Trio Sonata for 2 recorders & continuo in A minor , Op. 1/4
>Blow, John : Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell, for 2 male altos, 2 recorders, viol & continuo
>Handel, George Frideric : Trio Sonata for 2 Recorders and Basso Continuo in F major, HWV 405
>Fricker, Peter Racine : The Tomb of St. Eulalia, elegy for countertenor, cello & harpsichord, Op. 25
>Bergmann, Walter : Songs (3) for countertenor & guitar
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Notes & Reviews:

This album serves both as a fine program of music both ancient and contemporary for countertenor and recorder but also, as the title suggests, as a tribute to Alfred Deller, the man who re-popularized the countertenor voice and a great deal of early music. The program on this disc sandwiches early pieces by Williams, Blow and Handel between recent works by major composers from the tiny Tippett Inventions to the spellbinding Soliloquy. Features noted countertenors James Bowman and Robin Blaze.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
What is more significant about this new release is its inclusion of otherwise unrecorded modern compositions for countertenor. Blaze sings Walter Bergmann's elegiac 'Pastorale' for countertenor and recorder and Alan Ridout's 'Soliloquy' in a later revision for countertenor, recorder, cello, and harpsichord, which was commissioned as a lament for David Munrow and first performed by Bowman. Bowman sings Peter Racine Fricker's poignant 'Elegy: The Tomb of St Eulalia' and Bergmann's three songs for countertenor and guitar (originally for lute). Also included are the ingenious 'Four Inventions for Two Recorders' by Michel Tippett, who "discovered" Deller. In these selections, the music and the performances are much more engaging.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Thomas's Church, Stockport, England (05/06/2013/06/16/2013).



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Works Details

>Bergmann, Walter : Pastorale, for countertenor & recorder
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; James Bowman (Countertenor); John Turner (Recorder)
  • Notes: St. Thomas's Church, Stockport, England (05/06/2013/06/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Tippett, Michael : Inventions (4) for 2 recorders
  • Performers: Laura Robinson (Recorder); John Turner (Recorder)
  • Notes: St. Thomas's Church, Stockport, England (05/06/2013/06/16/2013)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Ridout, Alan : Soliloquy, for countertenor, recorder, cello & harpsichord
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Tim Smedley (Cello); Ian Thompson (Harpsichord); John Turner (Recorder)
  • Notes: St. Thomas's Church, Stockport, England (05/06/2013/06/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1985

>Williams, William : Trio Sonata for 2 recorders & continuo in A minor , Op. 1/4
  • Performers: Laura Robinson (Recorder); Tim Smedley (Cello); Ian Thompson (Harpsichord); John Turner (Recorder)
  • Notes: St. Thomas's Church, Stockport, England (05/06/2013/06/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Blow, John : Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell, for 2 male altos, 2 recorders, viol & continuo
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; James Bowman (Countertenor); Tim Smedley (Cello); Ian Thompson (Harpsichord); John Turner (Recorder)
  • Notes: St. Thomas's Church, Stockport, England (05/06/2013/06/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1695

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio Sonata for 2 Recorders and Basso Continuo in F major, HWV 405
  • Performers: Laura Robinson (Recorder); Tim Smedley (Cello); Ian Thompson (Harpsichord); John Turner (Recorder)
  • Notes: St. Thomas's Church, Stockport, England (05/06/2013/06/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1709

>Fricker, Peter Racine : The Tomb of St. Eulalia, elegy for countertenor, cello & harpsichord, Op. 25
  • Performers: James Bowman (Countertenor); Tim Smedley (Cello); Ian Thompson (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St. Thomas's Church, Stockport, England (05/06/2013/06/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Bergmann, Walter : Songs (3) for countertenor & guitar
  • Performers: Dave Bainbridge (Guitar); James Bowman (Countertenor)
  • Notes: St. Thomas's Church, Stockport, England (05/06/2013/06/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973