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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released May 15, 2012 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released November 18, 2013 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released September 11, 2010 | harmonia mundi

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released January 1, 2008 | Chandos

Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique
Among Vaughan Williams devotees, the song cycle On Wenlock Edge from 1909 is celebrated as the composer's first truly characteristic work. With its ecstatic melodies, modal harmonies, and above all its ardent embrace of the English pastoral tradition, On Wenlock Edge provides the musical and expressive template for much of the composer's later music. The other two works here, however, are much less well known even among Vaughan Williams' devotees. The Romance and Pastorale for violin and piano written sometime before 1914 has had just two previous recordings, while the Piano Quintet from 1905 has had only one. With its full-bodied Brahmsian textures and warm-hearted Schubertian melodies, the Piano Quintet sounds wholly unlike the later Vaughan Williams until its closing Fantasia's rhapsodic sweep hints at it. On the other hand, the Romance and Pastorale do anticipate the mature composer in their clean textures, long-limbed melodies, and modal harmonies. But whether the work is well known or nearly unknown, the performances here by London's Schubert Ensemble are consistently successful in making a strong case for the music. The quintet is muscular, but sensitive, with a burnished tone and an aggressive ensemble that suits the piece. Violinist Simon Blendis and pianist William Howard likewise turn in performances of the Romance and Pastorale that fulfill the works' expressive intent. With a powerfully poetic interpretation by strong but sensitive tenor Mark Padmore, the Schubert Ensemble's On Wenlock Edge takes its place with the finest recorded performances of the work. Recorded in clear but evocative digital sound, this disc should be heard by all Vaughan Williams' devotees. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 19, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Recorded in the Mennonite (Anabaptist) church in Haarlem, the Netherlands, this recording unfolds in very reverberant acoustic surroundings, giving it a slightly unreal aura that is perfectly suited to the sad, timeless poems of Wilhelm Müller's Winter Journey (Winterreise) set to music by Franz Schubert.Whether it's a dream or a nightmare, the overwhelming density of Schubert's message calls for artists who can embody this hopeless solitude. Mark Padmore had already recorded the cycle with Paul Lewis playing a modern piano. Kristian Bezuidenhout's personality, and his Viennese pianoforte, and Mark Padmore's light tenor voice (probably close to the one in which Schubert sang this cycle) give these pages an even more touching gravity, as they take aim at the prime of youth.The complicity and the mutual listening between the singer and the pianoforte form the basis of these two artists' work. The perceptible affectation in the singer's art is tempered by the simplicity and unfailing support of the pianoforte accompaniment. Here, this surprising romantic wandering takes on unusual and disconcerting resonances, opening up unsuspected horizons. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released December 21, 2012 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released September 13, 2011 | harmonia mundi

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Lieder (German) - Released April 6, 2015 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released December 21, 2012 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released August 10, 2010 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released June 30, 2008 | Signum Classics

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Classical - Released December 21, 2012 | harmonia mundi

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released October 28, 2013 | WIGMORE HALL

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Classical - Released August 10, 2010 | harmonia mundi