Across Borders: Ben Johnson & James Baillieu
25 October 2017, 13:10
These two superb artists, both stars of the new generation, perform early songs by Mahler and explore contemporaneous developments in English song through Elgar, Parry and others, who fell under many of the same influences while finding their own different and individual voices.
Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)Serenade aus Don Juan (no.4) from Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit
- Phantasie aus Don Juan (no.5) from Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit
- Zu Strassburg auf der Schantz (no.10) from Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit
- Starke Einbildungskraft (no.9) from Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit
Hubert Parry (1848 - 1918)No longer mourn for me when I am dead
- Farewell! thou art too dear for my posessing from Four Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934)Speak, music! (Op. 41)
- Pleading (Op. 48)
- Is She Not Passing Fair?
Amy Woodforde-Finden (1860 - 1919)Kashmiri Song
- Till I wake
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958)Linden Lea
- Silent Noon from The House of Life
Roger Quilter (1877 - 1953)It was a lover and his lass (Op. 23 no.3)
- Go Lovely Rose (Op. 24 no.3)
- Fair House of Joy (Op. 12 no.7)
TenorAcclaimed tenor Ben Johnson represented England in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013 and won the Audience Prize. Johnson is a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, 2008 winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award, 2011 Wigmore Hall Emerging Talent, and a 2013-2015 English National Opera Harewood Artist. Highlights of the 2018/19 season included performances as Tamino Die Zauberflöte with Welsh National Opera and as Don Basilio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with The Grange Festival, in addition to a new production of Britten&r... Read Full Biography
PianistBorn in South Africa, James studied in Cape Town and London. He was a Borletti-Buitoni Trust and Young Classical Artist Trust artist and was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Outstanding Young Artist Award and the Chamber Music and Song Award. He is an International Tutor in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music and head of the Song Programme at the Atelier Lyrique of the Verbier Festival Academy. An accomplished chamber musician, soloist and accompanist, James’ partnerships include Lawrence Power... Read Full Biography
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