Graham Johnson

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Born: July 10, 1950  
British pianist Graham Johnson has established a reputation as a leading accompanist through his collaborations with the world's foremost vocal artists. Born in Rhodesia, Johnson attended the Royal Academy of Music in London. There he met the accompanist Gerald Moore, whose influence was instrumental to Johnson's own career. After graduation Johnson pursued further studies with Geoffrey Parsons, another respected figure in the world of vocal Read more accompaniment. Fresh out of school, Johnson received a high-profile career boost when the tenor Peter Pears selected him as the official accompanist for his first master classes at Pears' and Benjamin Britten's annual Aldeburgh Festival. During periods when Britten -- Pears' longtime accompanist -- was ill, Pears frequently called upon Johnson as a replacement. In 1975 Walter Legge, the impresario and EMI records producer, selected Johnson to accompany his wife, soprano Elizabeth Schwarzkopf. By this time it was clear that Johnson was on track to become one of the most prominent figures in his field.

In search of creative new ways to explore the art song repertory, Johnson founded The Songmakers' Almanac in 1976. With the approval and guidance of Gerald Moore, Johnson formed the Almanac to seek out neglected piano/vocal works and to build recitals incorporating several singers. Over a quarter of a century Johnson planned and accompanied over 150 Almanac recitals. In addition, he regularly presented summer recital cycles for the London South Bank and Wigmore Hall series and was invited by Alte Oper of Frankfurt, Germany, to give a seven-part cycle of music on texts by Goethe.

One of his most frequent partners is his Royal Academy classmate Dame Felicity Lott. He has also partnered with some of the most distinguished singers of the second half of the twentieth century, including Victoria de los Angeles, Peter Schreier, Marjana Lipovsek, Felicity Palmer, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Elly Ameling, Tom Krause, Jessye Norman, Dame Margaret Price, Arlene Auger, and Brigitte Fassbaender. He is best known internationally for his recordings of Schubert's complete lieder on Hyperion Records with such singers as Dame Janet Baker, Philip Langridge, Stephen Varcoe, Thomas Hampson, Lucia Popp, Thomas Allen, Ian Bostridge, and a number of his regular collaborators. Johnson's other recordings include the songs of Hahn, Bizet, Britten (including his realizations of Purcell), Gounod, Ireland, and Mendelssohn. His numerous honors include multiple Gramophone Solo Vocal Awards.

Johnson appears frequently on the BBC. In addition to performing a traditional accompanist's role, he has written and served as presenter in programs explaining the songs of Schubert, Poulenc, Liszt, and Shostakovich. He is professor of accompaniment at London's Guildhall School of Music and is a fellow of Guildhall and of the Royal Academy of Music. He has given master classes in Finland, New Zealand, and the United States. Read less
L'heure Exquise - A French Songbook / Alice Coote, Graham Johnson
Release Date: 05/12/2015   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67962   Number of Discs: 1
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Born: July 10, 1950  
British pianist Graham Johnson has established a reputation as a leading accompanist through his collaborations with the world's foremost vocal artists. Born in Rhodesia, Johnson attended the Royal Academy of Music in London. There he met the accompanist Gerald Moore, whose influence was instrumental to Johnson's own career. After graduation Johnson pursued further studies with Geoffrey Parsons, another respected figure in the world of vocal Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
4 Duets Op. 61: Die Schwestern (wds. Mörike) Op.61 No.1
4 Duets Op. 61: Klosterfräulein (wds. Kerner) Op.61 No.2
4 Duets Op. 61: Phänomen (from Goethe) Op.61 No.3
4 Duets Op. 61: Die Boten der Liebe (trad Czech trans Wenzig) Op.61 No.4
2 Duos Op. 11: La nuit (wds. T. de Banville) Op.11 No.1
2 Duos Op. 11: Le réveil (wds. H. Balzac) Op.11 No.2
2 Ballads: Mother Comfort (wds. M. Slater)
2 Ballads: Mother Comfort (wds. M. Slater)
No. 1. The Pilgrim Cranes
No. 2. Daffodils
No. 3. The Ocean Wood
No. 4. Fortune's Wheel
No. 5. Study of a Spider
No. 6. The Two Old Kings
No. 7. A Leave-taking
No. 1. Vy vrouci pisne pjeite (Sing fervent songs)
No. 2. V te sladke moci (When thy sweet glances)
No. 3. V tak mnohem srdci mrtvo jest (Death reigns)
No. 4. O duse draha jedinka (Thou only dear one)
No. 5. O byl to krasny, zlaty (Oh, it was a lovely golden dream)
No. 6. Ja vim, ze v sladke nadeji (I know that on my love)
No. 7. O zlata roze, spanila (O charming golden rose)
No. 8. O nasi lasce nekvete (Never will love lead us)
No. 9. Kol domu se ted' potacim (I wander oft)
No. 10. Me casto tyra pochyba (Tormented oft by doubt)
No. 11. Me srdce casto v bolesti (Downcast am I)
No. 12. Zde hledim na ten drahy list (Here gaze I)
No. 13. Na horach ticho a v udoli ticho (Everything's still)
No. 14. Zde v lese u potoka (In deepest forest glade)
No. 15. Mou celou dusi zadumne (Painful emotions pierce my soul)
No. 16. Tam stoji stara skala (There stands an ancient rock)
No. 17. Nad krajem vevodi lehky spanek (Nature lies peaceful)
No. 18. Ty se ptas proc moje zpevy bouri (You are asking why)
Easter
I got me flowers
Love bade me welcome
The call
Antiphon
Lovliest of trees
When I was one-and-twenty
There pass the careless people
In summer-time on Bredon
The street sounds to a soldier's tread
On the idle hill of summer
White in the moon the long road lies
Think no more lad, laugh, be jolly
Into my heart an air that kills
The lads in their hundreds
The Lord Mayor's Table
Glide Gently
Wapping Old Stairs
Holy Thursday
The Contrast
Rhyme
1. Konícky na ouhore (Ponies on the Fallow Land)
2. Ztaceny pantoflícek (The Lost Little Slipper)
3. Písen nábozná (A Religious Song)
4. Pozvání (An Invitaion)
1. Vy vroucí písne ( You heartfelt songs)
2. O byl to krásny zlaty sen (Oh, that was a beautiful, golden dream)
3. Mé srdce casto (In pain, my heart often broods)
4. Na horách ticho (Silence on the mountains)
1. Rosicka (Dew)
2. Otevrení sloveckem (Unlocking with a single word)
3. Cesta k milé (Journey to the Beloved)
4. Chodnícek (The Footpath)
5. U mamenky (At Motherns)
6. Sen panny Marie (The Virgin Maryns Dream)
7. Rozmaryn (Rosemary)


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