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Sibelius & Rachmaninov - Songs

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Label: Linn

Cat No: CKD482

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 18th May 2018

Contents

Works

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Letter to K S Stanislavsky
Songs (6), op.4
» no.3 In the Silence of the Secret Night
» no.4 Sing not to me, beautiful maiden
Songs (12), op.14
» no.11 Spring Waters
Songs (12), op.21
» no.5 Lilacs
» no.7 How fair this spot
» no.8 On the death of a siskin
Songs (15), op.26
» no.6 Christ is Risen
» no.7 To the children

Sibelius, Jean

Christmas Songs (5), op.1
Songs (5), op.37
Songs (5), op.38
» no.2 Pa verandan vid havet (On a balcony by the sea)
Songs (6), op.36
» no.4 Sav, sav, susa (Reed, reed, rustle)
Songs (6), op.90
» no.1 Norden

Artists

Jacques Imbrailo (baritone)
Alisdair Hogarth (piano)

Works

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Letter to K S Stanislavsky
Songs (6), op.4
» no.3 In the Silence of the Secret Night
» no.4 Sing not to me, beautiful maiden
Songs (12), op.14
» no.11 Spring Waters
Songs (12), op.21
» no.5 Lilacs
» no.7 How fair this spot
» no.8 On the death of a siskin
Songs (15), op.26
» no.6 Christ is Risen
» no.7 To the children

Sibelius, Jean

Christmas Songs (5), op.1
Songs (5), op.37
Songs (5), op.38
» no.2 Pa verandan vid havet (On a balcony by the sea)
Songs (6), op.36
» no.4 Sav, sav, susa (Reed, reed, rustle)
Songs (6), op.90
» no.1 Norden

Artists

Jacques Imbrailo (baritone)
Alisdair Hogarth (piano)

About

Following critically acclaimed Glyndebourne performances in Michael Grandage’s Billy Budd and Brett Dean’s Hamlet, Jacques Imbrailo has established himself as one of the most exciting young baritones on the world stage. His debut solo recital for Linn sees him perform with fellow Prince Consort alumni, Alisdair Hogarth, in a mouth-watering programme of Sibelius and Rachmaninov songs.

Among the selection is In the silence of the mysterious night, one of Rachmaninov’s best-loved songs and one of the composer’s greatest achievements in this genre. Rachmaninov’s trademark melodicism is met with a perfect partner in Imbrailo’s lyric baritone, whilst his expressive and highly intricate accompaniments find a worthy partner in Hogarth.

Providing a welcome contrast to the intensity of Rachmaninov is the Nordic sentimentality that Sibelius brings to his highly romantic songs. The pearl of the Opus 37 collection is Was is a dream?, which the composer himself described as ‘my most beautiful song’. Together the duo perfectly communicates the passions and anxieties of a poet’s lost love; the rich tone of Imbrailo’s final note provides an immensely satisfying close.

South African baritone Jacques Imbrailo has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, collaborating with conductors, directors and orchestras of the highest stature. Imbrailo has given solo recitals at Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square in London, and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He also performed at the Verbier Festival, the Royal Albert Hall and the Southbank Centre.

With a prominent background in both solo and song-accompaniment, Alisdair Hogarth is a versatile pianist combining a robust technique with a fresh, contemporary approach. Hogarth is the Director and pianist of The Prince Consort.

‘Imbrailo’s is a lyric baritone of considerable elegance. Its youthfulness is unmistakable but he has already developed the polish of a mature artist… Imbrailo sang everything with authentic lyrical intensity.’ – Classical Source

‘Imbrailo and Hogarth combined accuracy and fine passagework with intense passion…Imbrailo brought lovely shape to the elaborate voice line. His flexibility of line was matched by Hogarth's piano.’ – Planet Hugill

‘Imbrailo’s warm, round tone is ideally suited to this song and he delivers its lovely melodic line quite splendidly while Alisdair Hogarth brings out the Ravelian grace in the accompaniment.’ – MusicWeb International

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