Shakespeare Songs Ian Bostridge

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Label: Warner Classics

Genre: Classical


Artist: Ian Bostridge

Composer: Gerald Finzi, William Byrd (1543-1623), Thomas Morley, John Wilson, Robert Johnson, Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Joseph Haydn, Roger Quilter, Ivor Gurney, Peter Warlock, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), Benjamin Britten, Sir Michael Tippett, Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971), Anonymous

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  • 1Finzi: Let us Garlands Bring, Op. 18: I. Come Away, Come Away Death03:39
  • 2Finzi: Let us Garlands Bring, Op. 18: II. Who is Silvia?01:27
  • 3Finzi: Let us Garlands Bring, Op. 18: III. Fear No more the Heat o' the Sun05:34
  • 4Finzi: Let us Garlands Bring, Op. 18: IV. O Mistress Mine01:53
  • 5Finzi: Let us Garlands Bring, Op. 18: V. It Was a Lover and his Lass02:38
  • 6Byrd: Caleno Custore Me03:20
  • 7Morley: It Was a Lover and His Lass03:27
  • 8Wilson: Take O Take Those Lips Away02:12
  • 9Morley: O Mistress Mine01:11
  • 10Johnson: Where the Bee Sucks01:12
  • 11Johnson: Full Fathom Five03:26
  • 12Schubert: An Silvia, D. 89102:35
  • 13Haydn: She Never Told Her Love, Hob. XXVIa No. 3403:42
  • 14Quilter: 3 Shakespeare Songs, Op. 6: I. Come Away, Death02:51
  • 15Gurney: 5 Elizabethan Songs (The Elizas): III. Under the Greenwood Tree01:35
  • 16Warlock: 5 Shakespeare Songs: III. Pretty Ring Time01:17
  • 17Warlock: Sweet and Twenty01:21
  • 18Korngold: 4 Shakespeare Songs, Op. 31: I. Desdemona's Song03:08
  • 19Korngold: Songs of the Clown, Op. 29: I. Come Away Death02:25
  • 20Korngold: Songs of the Clown, Op. 29: Adieu, Good Man Devil02:20
  • 21Poulenc: Fancie, FP 17401:27
  • 22Britten: Fancie00:58
  • 23Tippet: Songs for Ariel: I. Come Unto These Yellow Sands03:27
  • 24Tippet: Songs for Ariel: II. Full Fathom Five02:06
  • 25Tippet: Songs for Ariel: III. Where the Bee Sucks01:04
  • 26Stravinsky: 3 Songs from William Shakespeare: I. Musick to Hear02:52
  • 27Stravinsky: 3 Songs from William Shakespeare: II. Full Fadom Five02:04
  • 28Stravinsky: 3 Songs from William Shakespeare: III. Spring (When Daisies Pied)02:20
  • 29Anon: When that I Was but a Little Tiny Boy02:30
  • Total Runtime01:10:01

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Grammy Award-winners Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano have been working together on the stage and in the recording studio for over 20 years. Now they embark on a project marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare with a new album out in September. Shakespeare Songs celebrates the four centuries of music and performance that his plays and sonnets have inspired.

The pair will make an appearance on the BBC’s Shakespeare Live! From the RSC broadcast on Saturday 23 April (BBC Two, Saturday 8.30pm), with a haunting rendition of Roger Quilter’s ‘Come away, Death’. The all-star show honouring the greatest poet and dramatist in the English language will be screened live to cinemas in the UK and Europe. The performance was filmed at a candlelit Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare is buried.

Shakespeare’s peerless feeling for the music of the English language has inspired countless composers, from those who set the Bard’s verse during his lifetime to musicians as diverse as Britten, Finzi, Korngold and Stravinsky. Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano, together with four outstanding chamber musicians, delve into the rich Shakespeare legacy for this brand new recording, marking the playwright’s quarter-centenary with a delectable programme of works written for Jacobean productions, Restoration revivals and the modern concert hall. As guests Ian has invited his friends the lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, and for Stravinsky’s Three Songs, flautist Adam Walker, violist Lawrence Power and clarinetist Michael Collins.

“Shakespeare has been a part of my life as a performer from the very start,” says Ian Bostridge, “Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream and Ades's The Tempest have been milestones for me as a singer.

"It has been a great joy to rediscover the music in Shakespeare's incomparable texts and the music that has been written over the past four centuries to clothe them, from the simplest songs of his own contemporaries, through the melodic delights of the likes of Haydn, Britten and Finzi to the matchless complexity of the late Stravinsky. Working again with Tony Pappano has been a joy; and making my first recording with a long term musical partner, lutenist Liz Kenny, a particular pleasure.”

“This is worth having for the first track alone: an impeccable account of Finzi’s Come Away, Death, with Ian Bostridge blending melancholy and nonchalance, Antonio Pappano accompanying with tender reticence...[Bostridge] squeezes every nuance of meaning from these Shakespeare settings.” (The Guardian)

Ian Bostridge, tenor
Antonio Pappano, piano
Elizabeth Kenny, lute
Michael Collins, clarinet
Lawrence Power, viola
Adam Walker, flute

Ian Bostridge
Ian Bostridge’s international recital career has taken him to the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, Aldeburgh and Schwarzenberg Schubertiade Festivals and to the main stages of Carnegie Hall and La Scala, Milan. He has held artistic residencies at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Schwarzenberg Schubertiade (2003/2004), a Carte-Blanche series with Thomas Quasthoff at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw (2004/2005), a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall (2005/2006), the Barbican, London (2008), the Luxembourg Philharmonie (2010/2011), the Wigmore Hall (2011/12) and Hamburg Laeiszhalle (2012/2013).

His recordings have won all the major international record prizes and been nominated for 14 Grammys. They include Schubert's 'Die schöne Müllerin' with Graham Johnson (Gramophone Award 1996); Tom Rakewell with Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Grammy Award, 1999); and Belmonte with William Christie. Under his exclusive contract with Warner Classics recordings included Schubert Lieder and Schumann Lieder (Gramophone Award 1998), English song and Henze Lieder with Julius Drake, Britten's 'Our Hunting Fathers' with Daniel Harding, ‘Idomeneo’ with Sir Charles Mackerras, Janacek with Thomas Adès, Schubert with Leif Ove Andsnes, Mitsuko Uchida and Antonio Pappano, Noel Coward with Jeffrey Tate, Britten Orchestral cycles with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, Wolf with Pappano, Bach cantatas with Fabio Biondi, Handel arias with Harry Bicket, Britten’s Canticles and both Britten’s ‘The Turn of the Screw’ (Gramophone Award, 2003) and ‘Billy Budd’ (Grammy Award, 2010), Adès’s ‘The Tempest’ (Gramophone Award 2010) and Monteverdi’s “Orfeo”. Recent recordings include Britten songs with Antonio Pappano for Warner, and Schubert songs with Julius Drake for Wigmore Hall Live.

He has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras under Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Riccardo Muti, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniel Barenboim, Daniel Harding and Donald Runnicles. He sang the world premiere of Henze’s ‘Opfergang’ with the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome under Antonio Pappano.

His operatic appearances have included Lysander ('A Midsummer Night's Dream') for Opera Australia at the Edinburgh Festival, Tamino (‘Die Zauberflöte’) and Jupiter (‘Semele’) for English National Opera and Peter Quint ('The Turn of the Screw'), Don Ottavio (‘Don Giovanni’) and Caliban (Adès’s ‘The Tempest’) for the Royal Opera. For the Bavarian State Opera he has sung Nerone ('L'Incoronazione di Poppea'), Tom Rakewell (‘The Rake’s Progress’) and Male Chorus (‘The Rape of Lucretia’), and Don Ottavio for the Vienna State Opera. He sang Aschenbach (‘Death in Venice’) for English National Opera and in Brussels and Luxembourg.

Performances during the 2013 Britten anniversary celebrations included War Requiem with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski; Les Illuminations with the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Andris Nelsons; and Madwoman (‘Curlew River’) in the Netia Jones staging for the Barbican, which was also seen in New York and on the west coast of America. In the autumn of 2014 he embarked on a European recital tour of ‘Winterreise’ with Thomas Adès to coincide with the publication by Faber and Faber in the UK and Knopf in the USA of his new book 'Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession'. The book has since been published in Germany and The Netherlands and is to be translated into a total of twelve languages.

Recent engagements include a tour of Asia with guitarist Xuefei Yang, and the Evangelist in a staged St Matthew Passion for the Hamburg State Opera. Highlights of the 2016/17 season include his operatic debut at La Scala, Milan as Peter Quint (‘The Turn of the Screw’), an American recital tour of Schubert’s ‘Winterreisse’ with Thomas Adès, a staged Schubert project with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, performances of Zender’s ‘Winterreise’ in Taipei, Perth and for Musikkollegium Winterthur, and Britten’s Curlew River in Hamburg and Madrid.

Ian Bostridge was a fellow in history at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1992-5) and in 2001 was elected an honorary fellow of that college. In 2003 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Music by the University of St Andrews and in 2010 he was made an honorary fellow of St John's College Oxford. He was made a CBE in the 2004 New Year’s Honours. In 2014 he was Humanitas Professor of Classical Music at the University of Oxford. In 2016 he was awarded the The Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize for non-fiction writing for his book 'Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession'.

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