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French Connections - Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989): Poems (5) of W.H. Auden; Poulenc: Tel jour telle nuit; Britten: Fancie; Heggie: Friendly Persuasions; Britten: Holy Sonnets of John Donne / John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Malcolm Martineau, piano

Album Summary

>Berkeley, Lennox : Poems (5) of W. H. Auden, for high voice & piano, Op. 53
>Poulenc, Francis : Tel jour, telle nuit, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 86
>Poulenc, Francis : Fancy ("Tell Me Where Is Fancy Bred"), song for voice & piano, FP 174
>Britten, Benjamin : Fancie
>Heggie, Jake : Friendly Persuasions
>Poulenc, Francis : Bleuet ("Jeune homme de vingt ans"), song for voice & piano, FP 102
>Britten, Benjamin : Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35
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Notes & Reviews:

John Mark Ainsley's clever program highlights the connections of four of the best songwriters of modern day: Britten, Poulenc, Heggie, and Berkeley. This variety in repertoire showcases the range, expression, vocal color, and understanding of text of this talented artist. Malcolm Martineau accompanies Ainsley, and is the dedicatee of Heggie's Friendly Persuasions. Ainsley and Martineau premiered the work in 2008 at Wigmore Hall, London. John Mark Ainsley has appeared alongside the world's greatest orchestras, and is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (02/18/2013-02/21/2013).



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Works Details

>Berkeley, Lennox : Poems (5) of W. H. Auden, for high voice & piano, Op. 53
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (02/18/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Poulenc, Francis : Tel jour, telle nuit, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 86
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (02/18/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936-1937

>Poulenc, Francis : Fancy ("Tell Me Where Is Fancy Bred"), song for voice & piano, FP 174
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (02/18/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Britten, Benjamin : Fancie :: Tell me where is fancy bred, for unison chorus & piano
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (02/18/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Heggie, Jake : Friendly Persuasions :: Homage to Poulenc, for tenor, flute, clarinet, cello & piano
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (02/18/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Poulenc, Francis : Bleuet ("Jeune homme de vingt ans"), song for voice & piano, FP 102
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (02/18/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Britten, Benjamin : Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35
  • Performers: John Ainsley (Tenor); Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
  • Notes: Crear, Kilberry, Argyll, UK (02/18/2013-02/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945