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Singers: Simon Keenlyside

Wigmore Hall Live

Simon Keenlyside & Malcolm Martineau
Songs by Schubert, Wolf, Fauré and Ravel
Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, 26 October 2008

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Songs By Schubert, Wolf, Faure, Ravel / Keenlyside, Martineau; ArkivMusic.com, Release date 10 November 2009
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amazon.co.uk, Release date 26 October 2009
Wigmore Hall
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amazon.ca, Release date 3 November 2009

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Performers
Simon Keenlyside, baritone
Malcolm Martineau, piano

Track Listing

Schubert
1. An Silvia - 2.47
2. Einsiedelei - 1.33
3. Verklärung - 3.36
4. Die Sterne - 3.35
5. Himmelsfunken - 3.03
6. Ständchen - 4.25

Wolf
7. Der Knabe und das Immelein - 2.56
8. Gesang Weyla's - 1.37
9. An die Geliebte - 3.20
10. Auf eine Christblume II - 2.12
11. Lied eines Verliebten - 1.44
12. Lied vom Winde - 3.10

Fauré
13. Aubade - 2.10
14. En sourdine - 3.09
15. Green - 1.58
16. Notre amour - 1.58
17. Fleur jetée - 1.35
18. Spleen - 2.29
19. Madrigal - 1.32
20. Le papillon et la fleur - 2.49

Ravel Histoires naturelles
21. Le paon - 4.44
22. Le grillon - 3.19
23. Le cygnet - 3.28
24. Le martin-pêcheur - 3.02
25. La pintade - 4.01

ENCORE
26. Announcement 00.10
27. Poulenc Hôtel - 2.25

Product Details
Total time: 74.08
Cat. Number: WHLIVE0031

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"Simon Keenlyside and Malcolm Martineau performing songs by Schubert, Wolf, Faure and Ravel (Wigmore Hall Live). The British baritone Simon Keenlyside--that Dickensian name, I love saying it--provides an exciting addition to the already impressive Wigmore Hall Live series with this recital of four very different sets of songs. He has a rich voice and he unleashes it in unexpected places, giving thrilling overtones to even a familiar song like Schubert's 'Serenade.' Martineau is a wonderful collaborative pianist (that is the term now, not 'accompanist') whose ease and virtuosity bring out the challenging subtleties of the sensual Hugo Wolf songs and also the delightful songs by Gabriel Faure, which are a highlight. Another highlight is the encore, 'Hotel,' which Keenlyside said its composer, Francis Poulenc, described as 'the laziest song ever written.' [4 stars] (Mary Kunz Goldman)"--buffalonews.com

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I've been listening to the recording in my car. I love the Schubert. I don't think anybody does it better. Martineau is a wonderful accompanist. For the French songs I'd prefer more effort at enunciating the words more clearly.--JRP

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"Some may have other favorite interpreters for individual songs or composers, but taken as complete recital, this recording is hard to beat. It should please aficionados as well as those new to these works."--Roy C. Dicks, Classical Voice of North Carolina

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"Simon Keenlyside has no peers and few equals among English baritones, and this recital recorded in October last year demonstrates why. With the telepathic Malcolm Martineau as his pianist partner, he sings a generous selection of lieder and chansons by Schubert, Wolf, Fauré and Ravel, several of them about the birds and animals which are his special interest. Thus, Ravel's Histoires naturelles are invested with extra insights. In favourites such as Schubert's Serenade and Wolf's Gesang Weyla's, Keenlyside's velvety tone, expressive phrasing and immaculate diction are an example to all."-- Michael Kennedy, The Sunday Telegraph, 22 November 2009

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Watch Schubert: "Ständchen" ("Serenade") on Plushmusic

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