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A Countertenor Songbook


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This album brings together the works of seven very different composers in a single songbook. Most of the pieces were written specially for countertenor Andrew Watts, who has championed contemporary music for the thirty years he has been singing professionally. He has established a reputation for being one of the foremost operatic countertenors of his generation and has appeared on opera and concert platforms throughout the world. The two most senior composers on this recording link back to Andrew at the start of his career. His school music master Neville Bower (1934-2007) set three poems from William Blake's Songs of Innocence especially for Andrew, and when Andrew was an emerging singer, Michael Tippett (1905–1998) coached him on his song cycle Songs for Ariel, written for an Old Vic production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. Colin Matthews has long been fascinated with nineteenth-century French poets and the fin-de-siècle sound and in his song cycle Un Colloque Sentimental uses poems by Paul Verlaine, Charles Baudelaire and Gerard de Nerval. Michael Finnissy chooses German dramatist Georg Büchner as his inspiration, setting extracts from Woyzeck and Lenz. Kings, knights and troubadours are the themes explored in the recent works written for Andrew by Joe Cutler, Tansy Davies and Raymond Yiu, and there is an extra piece by Raymond Yiu; a piano and countertenor arrangement of the fourth movement of his Symphony for countertenor and orchestra. Andrew Watts writes: 'I am indebted to all of the composers featured on this recording for their kindness over the years and for agreeing to be a part of this journey. From a last-minute coaching session at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Tippett in 1986 to a random drink at Dartington in 2013 with Joe Cutler, this recording also charts the incredible serendipity and bringing together of people through music.'
Facts
Item number NMCD243
Barcode 5023363024327
Release date 10/19/2018
Category Vocal
Label NMC RECORDINGS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Watts, Andrew
Burnside, Iain
Disc: 1
Songs for Ariel00:05:00
1 Songs for Ariel: No. 1, Come unto These Yellow San 00:01:54 Burnside, Iain Watts, Andrew
2 Songs for Ariel: No. 2, Full Fathom Five 00:01:44 Burnside, Iain Watts, Andrew
3 Songs for Ariel: No. 3, Where the Bee Sucks 00:01:09 Burnside, Iain Watts, Andrew
Dann nicht zu fragen00:11:00
4 Dann nicht zu fragen: I. — 00:06:25 Burnside, Iain Watts, Andrew
5 Dann nicht zu fragen: II. — 00:04:41 Burnside, Iain Watts, Andrew
Song for Arthur00:00:00
6 Song for Arthur 00:07:18 Burnside, Iain Watts, Andrew
Forget-Me-Not00:05:00
7 Forget-Me-Not 00:04:36 Burnside, Iain Watts, Andrew
Song of Pure Nothingness00:13:00
8 Song of Pure Nothingness 00:13:45 Burnside, Iain Watts, Andrew
Songs of Innocence, Op. 4600:10:00
9 Songs of Innocence, Op. 46: No. 1, Infant Joy 00:01:36 Burnside, Iain Watts, Andrew
10 Songs of Innocence, Op. 46: No. 2, Piping Down the 00:03:37 Burnside, Iain Watts, Andrew
11 Songs of Innocence, Op. 46: No. 3, Little Lamb 00:03:41 Burnside, Iain Watts, Andrew
Symphony00:00:00
12 Symphony: Intermezzo - V. — 00:05:59 Burnside, Iain Watts, Andrew
Un colloque sentimental00:20:00
13 Un colloque sentimental: I. Colloque sentimental, 00:01:25 Burnside, Iain Watts, Andrew
14 Un colloque sentimental: II. Le jet d'eau 00:04:26 Burnside, Iain Watts, Andrew
15 Un colloque sentimental: III. Que diras-tu ce soir 00:03:53 Burnside, Iain Watts, Andrew
16 Un colloque sentimental: IV. Intermezzo. Une allée 00:02:24 Burnside, Iain Watts, Andrew
17 Un colloque sentimental: V. Colloque sentimental, 00:04:52 Burnside, Iain Watts, Andrew
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