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Summertime

Felicity Lott / Graham Johnson

Summertime

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Champs Hill
UPC: 5060212590091
Catnr: CHRCD 008
Release date: 01 July 2010
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Label
Champs Hill
UPC
5060212590091
Catalogue number
CHRCD 008
Release date
01 July 2010
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About the album

Dame Felicity Lott, revered British soprano, says of this CD:

"Summertime has many of my favourite songs in English, French and German. We made the CD at a friend's house, and the sessions were so relaxed, with no London traffic to cause endless retakes! It's a real mix of beautiful songs of all kinds, on a summer theme. I chose songs I loved, from Gershwin to Christopher Robin..."

Three centuries of song are represented here, and, as BBC Music Magazine's Hilary Finch put it "such is the skill of Johnson's programming that the entire recital seems to be a single, sustained exhalation of rapture and reflection"

She went on to say:

"The upper reaches of Lott's still gleaming soprano inhabit Barber's "Shining Night" and Fauré's "Clair de lune". And her robust English version of Schubert's "Who is Sylvia?" finds an irresistible companion in Arne's "Where the Bee Sucks", with its veritable midsummer night's dream of an accompaniment from Johnson. The artists' palpable sense of joy and well-being gathers momentum as they visit Berlioz's "L'ile inconnue" and as they sing on the water with Schubert. And Lott and Johnson know well that the only way to face sentiment is to acknowledge its own integrity, as they do when they listen to Haydn Wood's "Little Brown Bird" and eavesdrop with Fraser-Simson on Christopher Robin saying his prayers.

This album features songs from a great variety of composers - Gershwin, Barber, Cole Porter, Bernstein, Brahms, Schubert, Arne, Schumann, Berlioz, and many more.

A full 29 tracks of summer-themed songs!

Artist(s)

Graham Johnson (piano)

Long before Graham Johnson was created an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1994, he had already became a living institution as vocal accompanist. At the age of seventeen he arrived in London to receive training from his legendary predecessors Gerald Moore and Geoffrey Parsons. At the age of 22, he accompanied a masterclass imparted by tenor Peter Pears, which brought him into contact with Benjamin Britten on the same occasion – an encounter that had a formative impact on his artistic career. Soon he was collaborating onstage with illustrious vocal artists such as Peter Pears, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Brigitte Fassbaender, and Peter Schreier. In 1976, in collaboration with several outstanding vocalists, he formed The Songmakers' Almanac, the...
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Long before Graham Johnson was created an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1994, he had already became a living institution as vocal accompanist. At the age of seventeen he arrived in London to receive training from his legendary predecessors Gerald Moore and Geoffrey Parsons. At the age of 22, he accompanied a masterclass imparted by tenor Peter Pears, which brought him into contact with Benjamin Britten on the same occasion – an encounter that had a formative impact on his artistic career. Soon he was collaborating onstage with illustrious vocal artists such as Peter Pears, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Brigitte Fassbaender, and Peter Schreier. In 1976, in collaboration with several outstanding vocalists, he formed The Songmakers' Almanac, the goal of which is to explore neglected areas of piano-accompanied vocal music. Over the next decades, Johnson thus learned and performed more than 250 different artsong programmes. Graham Johnson is Senior Professor of Accompaniment at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and gives a great number of masterclasses worldwide. In 2014 he received the Hugo Wolf Medal, not only in honor of his achievements as vocal accompanist, but also to salute his unflagging commitment as music researcher. The Ruhr Piano Festival had already awarded him its Annual Prize in 2001 for his life work. In 2018, Graham Johnson gave his 50th recital at the Festival!
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