Buxton Orr: Songs Nicky Spence

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Label: Delphian

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

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  • Buxton Orr (1924 - 1997):
  • 1The Painter's Mistress05:25
  • Canzona:
  • 2I. When they him fand, and gude Wallace him Saw07:41
  • 3II. And therewith kest I doun mine eye Again06:27
  • 4III. Tibbie Fowler o' the Glen01:46
  • 5IV. When first I came to be a Man06:37
  • 6The Ballad of Mr. and Mrs. Discobbolos11:18
  • 10 Types of Hospital Visitor:
  • 7I. —03:06
  • 8II. —01:31
  • 9III. —01:47
  • 10IV. —01:26
  • 11V. —03:16
  • 12VI. —01:53
  • 13VII. —02:06
  • 14VIII. —03:59
  • 15IX. —00:59
  • 16X. —00:42
  • Songs of a Childhood:
  • 17No. 1. Aince upon a Day01:36
  • 18No. 2. Auld Mrs. Murdy02:40
  • 19No. 3. One-Man Band01:36
  • 20No. 4. Munebrunt01:58
  • 21No. 5. Shy Geordie02:04
  • 22No. 6. The Boy in the Train02:30
  • Total Runtime01:12:23

Info for Buxton Orr: Songs

When Nicky Spence was first shown the score to ‘The Boy in the Train’, the last of Buxton Orr’s Songs of a Childhood, he was transported to the late 1980s – his own childhood in Scotland. ‘Something about Buxton’s sense of humour, excitement and honesty resonated with me,’ Spence says, ‘and fed my desire to discover more about his work. On contacting his widow, I was led to a treasure trove of unrecorded works for voice.’ Sometimes thrillingly complex and always beautiful, and given character and verve by Orr’s delightful setting of the Scots language, this rich body of work has finally found a worthy modern-day advocate. In his sensitive and intelligent curating of this programme, Spence has brought together artists from Delphian’s roster – pianist Iain Burnside and members of the Edinburgh Quartet enjoy themselves in music that is firmly ‘home ground’.

"...Spence is perfect for this repertoire: his communicative zeal and light, bright tenor matched by Burnside and his colleagues' witty, dynamic playing. Listeners unfamiliar with Orr should start with this fine release from a most enterprising label." (Guy Weatherall, Classical Music magazine)

Nicky Spence, tenor
Iain Burnside, piano
Jordan Black, clarinet
Member of the Edinburgh Quartet
Nikita Naumov, double bass

Nicky Spence

Hailed recently in the Daily Telegraph as ‘a voice of real distinction’, Nicky Spence is currently a Harwood Young Artist at English National Opera having trained at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio.

2010-11 marked Nicky’s debut for some of the UK’s most distinguished opera houses including Opera North, Opera Holland Park, Scottish Opera and English National Opera. His roles include Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress), Jaquino (Fidelio) for Opera Holland Park; Lampwick (The Adventures of Pinocchio), and Quint (The Turn of the Screw) for Opera North. Nicky also took the leading part of Brian in Nico Muhly’s Metropolitan Opera commission Two Boys, which received its world premiere at ENO. Earlier this year, he made his debut with New Zealand Opera in the role of Thomas Mason in Jenny McLeod’s opera Hohepa, followed by a return to ENO as Novice in David Alden's new production of Billy Budd. Most recently, he gave his role debut as Tamino (Magic Flute) for Scottish Opera.

Concert performances include Act 1 of Tristan and Isolde with the BBC Scottish Symphony and Donald Runnicles, a Britten Song-Cycle Series in Aldeburgh and at Kings Place, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with L’Orchestre National d’Ile de France under Gordan Nikolic, a Gala performance at the Royal Festival Hall and Mozart Requiem with the Cambridge Philharmonic. In recital, he has most recently appeared at the Leeds and Oxford Lieder Festivals, and the Cambridge Summer Music Festival.

An experienced recording artist, Nicky attracted a long-term recording contract with Universal Classics. He has recently recorded a disc of Britten Songs with Malcolm Martineau (Onyx), and a disc of premiere Hoddinott recordings, which brought him extensive acclaim. Adding to his credentials in contemporary repertoire, his world-premiere recording of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s song cycle A Constant Obsession for Resonus Classics received uniformly excellent reviews. A CD of Eichendorff settings by Wolf, with Sholto Kynoch, is planned for later in the year.

Other future plans include his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, recitals at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Perth Concert Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and The Forge, Handel’s Messiah for the Kathleen Ferrier Society, Mozart’s C minor Mass at Cadogan Hall, Finzi's Dies Natalis with the BBC Concert Orchestra, a Hogmanay Gala in Glasgow, Steersman The Flying Dutchman for Scottish Opera and in concert with the CBSO and Andris Nelsons, Elgar’s The Kingdom with Cambridge Philharmonic, his Grange Park Opera debut as Chevalier in Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for New Zealand Opera and Steva (Jenůfa) for La Monnaie in Brussels.

Malcolm Martineau

Malcolm Martineau was born in Edinburgh, read Music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and studied at the Royal College of Music. Recognised as one of the leading accompanists of his generation, he has worked with many of the world’s greatest singers including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Olaf Bär, Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Della Jones, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena Kozena, Solveig Kringelborn, Jonathan Lemalu, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Karita Mattila, Lisa Milne, Ann Murray, Anna Netrebko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Joan Rodgers, Amanda Roocroft, Michael Schade, Frederica von Stade, Sarah Walker and Bryn Terfel.

He has presented his own series at the Wigmore Hall (a Britten and a Poulenc series and Decade by Decade – 100 years of German Song broadcast by the BBC) and at the Edinburgh Festival (the complete lieder of Hugo Wolf). He has appeared throughout Europe (including London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Opera House; La Scala, Milan; the Chatelet, Paris; the Liceu, Barcelona; Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein), North America (including in New York both Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall), Australia (including the Sydney Opera House) and at the Aix en Provence, Vienna, Edinburgh, Schubertiade, Munich and Salzburg Festivals. Recording projects have included Schubert, Schumann and English song recitals with Bryn Terfel (for Deutsche Grammophon); Schubert and Strauss recitals with Simon Keenlyside (for EMI); recital recordings with Angela Gheorghiu and Barbara Bonney (for Decca), Magdalena Kozena (for DG), Della Jones (for Chandos), Susan Bullock (for Crear Classics), Solveig Kringelborn (for NMA); Amanda Roocroft (for Onyx); the complete Fauré songs with Sarah Walker and Tom Krause; the complete Britten Folk Songs for Hyperion; the complete Beethoven Folk Songs for Deutsche Grammophon; the complete Poulenc songs for Signum; and Britten Song Cycles as well as Schubert’s Winterreise with Florian Boesch for Onyx.

This season’s engagements include appearances with Simon Keenlyside, Magdalena Kozena, Dorothea Röschmann, Susan Graham, Michael Schade, Thomas Oliemanns, Kate Royal, Christiane Karg, Florian Boesch and Anne Schwanewilms.

He was a given an honorary doctorate at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2004, and appointed International Fellow of Accompaniment in 2009. Malcolm was the Artistic Director of the 2011 Leeds Lieder+ Festival.

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