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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released October 26, 2018 | Warner Classics

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Two composers who in one way or another sang about the horrors of war, and two who lost their lives in it: Ian Bostridge's takes a successful gamble here, with masterful accompaniment on the piano by Antonio Pappano. The first two are from Kurt Weill with Four Walt Whitman Songs in which the poet laments over the soldiers who died in the War of Succession, and Gustav Mahler, three of whose Lieder(s) taken from Knaben Wunderhorn cruelly and repugnantly evoke the lives of poor young people, peasants and people who are barely through with their school years, sent to be torn apart on every possible and imaginable front. More directly concerned, if one may say so, are George Butterworth - who fell at the Somme in 1916, aged thirty-one, and whose A Shropshire Lad is without a doubt the greatest masterpiece here. Rudi Stephan fell at the Galician front in 1915 aged twenty-eight. His cycle Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied is a climax of unsettling eroticism... Would the fate of German music have been different if this genius had been able to act as a counterbalance, for example, to the emerging dodecaphonic music? Bostridge gives it his all here in this sad centenary of the end of the “war to end all wars”, which we know was tragically not the case. © SM/Qobuz
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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released September 2, 2016 | Warner Classics

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released July 24, 2020 | Warner Classics

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Conductor Antonio Pappano gladly trades in his conductor’s baton for his piano keys in this recording during which he accompanies some of the greatest voices in music today. He plays in perfect complicity with English tenor Ian Bostridge in this exciting program devoted to a selection of Beethoven’s Lieder. The centrepiece of this album is, of course, An die ferne Geliebte (“To the distant beloved”), which is considered to be the first ever Lieder cycle in the history of music. The six poems depict an unknown woman that the composer had idealised from their very first encounter, quickly followed by their separation. His longing for her caused him so much torment that even the joyous awakening of spring could not take away his melancholy in this heart-rending lover’s lament. The other twenty or so Lieder on this album, including the famous Adelaide, which was also set to music by Schubert, are a testament to Beethoven’s mastery of the lied and popular songs, which he liked to harmonise. Ian Bostridge and Antonio Pappano interpret these rare gems with sensitivity and sophistication. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released August 23, 2019 | PentaTone

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Just like Pears and Britten, Ian Bostridge worked with the composer Thomas Adès on this recording of Schubert's Winterreise, made at a concert at London's famous Wigmore Hall in 2018. With his unique voice and style, the British singer divides opinion. Love him or hate him, he evokes strong feelings. As we fall into the former camp, we couldn't recommend this recording strongly enough. It is very different from the studio version recorded some years before for EMI, with the great Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. Compared to that splendid record, this new version is simpler, almost calmer. Thomas Adès makes use of original manuscripts to build a fine accompaniment, that gives voice to the overwhelming melancholy of the young composer who knows himself to be doomed. Fatal wanderings, seen through a lens of solitude, regret and resignation. The first volume of a trilogy which will eventually bring together Schubert's great cycles, in live recordings by these same musicians. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released November 6, 2020 | PentaTone

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Ian Bostridge continues his new exploration of Schubert song cycles with a recording of Die schöne Müllerin, together with pianist Saskia Giorgini. Die schöne Müllerin (1823) was Schubert’s first song cycle, and simultaneously Bostridge’s first extended introduction to the Lied and all its wonders. Schubert initially conceived the cycle together with poet Wilhelm Müller as a party game among friends, but gradually got captivated by the profundity of this apparently naïve love story. Bostridge is equally fascinated by the way in which this playful, folk-inspired piece gradually transforms into a cosmic lullaby in the final lines of the last song ‘des Baches Wiegenlied’. For pianist Giorgini, the key to - but also the greatest challenge of - interpreting Schubert’s music, and particularly Die schöne Müllerin, lies in the oceanic experience and hypnotic power of repetition. © Pentatone
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Classical - Released August 27, 2021 | PentaTone

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Flord impressionism and folk songs. After their acclaimed recording of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin, Ian Bostridge and Saskia Giorgini present a programme of rarely-recorded songs by Ottorino Respighi. This selection of songs demonstrates Respighi’s stylistic versatility and broad literary inspiration, from settings of Ada Negri’s compact verses to florid, Symbolist d’Annunzio poems as well as folk melodies, including Scottish songs. Respighi’s Liriche unveil a fascinating, little-known Italian branch of musical Impressionism. What binds them together is a longing for a past still so close, but at the same time inevitably gone. © Pentatone
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Chamber Music - Released August 25, 2005 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released December 31, 1998 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released September 9, 2016 | Globe Music

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Classical - Released January 25, 2019 | Seattle Symphony Media

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Chamber Music - Released April 7, 2014 | Wigmore Hall Live

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Classical - Released January 30, 2009 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released April 22, 2013 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released July 16, 2007 | Warner Classics

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released April 13, 2018 | Wigmore Hall Live

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This fourth volume of the Lieder was recorded in concert on 16 May 2015 at the famous Wigmore Hall, a veritable temple of chamber music in London built by the German piano maker Bechstein. It takes us on a journey with the romantic Wanderer of the dramatic ballad Der Zwerg (The Dwarf) with the melancholy tenderness of An den Mond, the moon which is so inseparable from German romanticism, by turns baleful and benevolent. With time, Ian Bostridge's voice has deepened almost to a baritone, but he still retains that heart-rending interpretation, a unique blend of sophistication, pure poetry, and revolt. On the piano, Julius Drake offers much more than just accompaniment: he is a wholly equal partner, in a close dialogue with the singer's every gesture. He is also a music teacher at London's Royal College of Music, festival director and with the many lyrical artists who normally partner with him, he arranges Lieder concerts for Wigmore Hall, the BBC and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. This new volume offers confirmation, were it needed, that Ian Bostridge is one of the greatest performers of Lieder active today. His performances are increasingly intense, and they constantly push at the limits of this repertoire, like the Erlkönig (The Erl-King) which flirts with the expressionism of a young Schönberg. An audacious performance, which eloquently underlines the continuity that runs through art, and in particular through music. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released October 15, 2010 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released August 25, 2005 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released April 26, 2006 | Warner Classics