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Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne; Finzi: A Young Man's Exhortation / Vale Rideout, tenor; Caleb Harris, piano

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : A Young Man's Exhortation, songs (10) for tenor & piano, Op.14
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Notes & Reviews:

Two contrasting English song cycles by two of the twentieth century's foremost composers of the genre performed by American tenor Vale Rideout, who has garnered critical acclaim for his artistry and stagecraft throughout the United States and Europe. With his beautiful instrument and an ability to consistently deliver passionate, energetic performances, he is equally in demand for leading tenor roles from the standard repertory to contemporary works. The Colorado native can be heard on live recordings of Rio de sangre (Albany Records, Grammy Award nomination) and, as Frank Shallard, in Elmer Gantry (on Naxos, received two Grammy awards, and voted No. 1 by Opera News "Best of the Year"), both produced by Florentine Opera. He is the tenor soloist in a live recording of Carmina Burana with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He can also be heard on the Newport Classics recording of The Ballad of Baby Doe, the world premiere recording of Kurt Weill's The Eternal Road and David Schiff's Gimpel the Fool (both on Naxos). He is featured on the upcoming recording of The Inspector by John Musto and, singing the role of Robert MacNamara, in Steven Stucky's August 4th, 1964, with Jaap Van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, released on the DSO Live label and nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
It's a fine and discreet reading that captures well the bittersweet tone of these Finzi songs. These are strong and excellent readings of both cycles. Rideout shows virility in the more declamatory Britten songs, and there is a well-chosen nostalgic tone in the Finzi songs. A real strength of his singing is a masterly management of dynamic contrasts. Harris holds his own against the other accompanists. He handles the driving - indeed battering - accompaniment of 'Batter My Heart' admirably and delivers the twinkling accompaniment deftly in 'What if This Present' and 'At the Round World's Imagined Corners'.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: David Gardner Hall, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, (09/17/2014-09/19/2014).



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>Britten, Benjamin : Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35
  • Performers: Caleb Harris (Piano); Vale Rideout (Tenor)
  • Notes: David Gardner Hall, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (09/17/2014-09/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : A Young Man's Exhortation, songs (10) for tenor & piano, Op.14
  • Performers: Caleb Harris (Piano); Vale Rideout (Tenor)
  • Notes: David Gardner Hall, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (09/17/2014-09/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 27 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1926-1929