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Britten, Finzi, Tippett / Mark Padmore, Roger Vignoles

Album Summary

>Tippett, Michael : Boyhood's End, cantata for tenor & piano
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : A Young Man's Exhortation, songs (10) for tenor & piano, Op.14
>Britten, Benjamin : Who are these Children?, song cycle for tenor & piano, Op. 84
>Britten, Benjamin : Holderlin Fragments (6), song cycle, for tenor & piano, Op. 61
>Britten, Benjamin : Um Mitternacht, song for high voice & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

This enthralling new recording from Mark Padmore and Roger Vignoles finds its emotional heart in the theme of youth, and in particular the passage of time inherent in this all-too-transient phase of human existence. Roger Vignoles performs the piano accompaniments with his usual sensitivity and grace, providing a perfect balance to the ardent tenor of Mark Padmore.

'This is a remarkable debut recital by one of the most intelligent, musical and thoughtful British singers before the public today. It's not easy listening, but Padmore and Vignoles demonstrate song's unique power to shake, stir ad move. The recorded balance is ideal, but no company is more experienced in the art-song repertoire than Hyperion. Another jewel in an already superlative crown' (International Record Review)

'Mark Padmore and Roger Vignoles perform all these songs with great understanding and sensitivity; in fact I was surprised at how much intensity of feeling they found in the stark Hölderlein songs. Padmore is equally at ease with the minutely expressive wordsetting of the Britten songs and the long, soaring lines of the Tippett' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Sung by Mark Padmore who, on this form and in this repertory, seems to me to be unrivalled among younger English tenors ... With Roger Vignoles as the Britten-like pianist, this ranks as one of the finest discs of English songs to have been issued for some years' (Sunday Telegraph)

'This is still a voice of youthful freshness, commanded with skill and assurance. The programme tests his musicianship very thoroughly, and it reveals also considerable powers of expressiveness, both forthright and subtle ... Vignoles is marvellously clear in notes (often fiendishly difficult) and rhythm, and he contributes an excellent essay' (Gramophone)

'Boyhood's End is more of a continuous cantata than a song cycle, and Padmore's concentration on the beauty of the continuous, excitable melisma is surely the right way to go, when Tippett's vocal writing is at it's early, florid best. Padmore's accurate tenor is really used as another, powerful instrument. The voice seems more played than sung' (Fanfare, USA)



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>Tippett, Michael : Boyhood's End, cantata for tenor & piano
  • Performers: Mark Padmore; Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/11/2004-02/13/2004)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1943

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : A Young Man's Exhortation, songs (10) for tenor & piano, Op.14
  • Performers: Mark Padmore; Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/11/2004-02/13/2004)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926-1929

>Britten, Benjamin : Who are these Children?, song cycle for tenor & piano, Op. 84
  • Performers: Mark Padmore; Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/11/2004-02/13/2004)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Britten, Benjamin : Hölderlin Fragments (6), song cycle, for tenor & piano, Op. 61
  • Performers: Mark Padmore; Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/11/2004-02/13/2004)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Britten, Benjamin : Um Mitternacht, song for high voice & piano
  • Performers: Mark Padmore; Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (09/11/2004-02/13/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1960