Malcolm Martineau

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Born: February 3, 1960; Edinburgh, Scotland  
Although most closely identified with Welsh bass baritone Bryn Terfel, with whom he has appeared and recorded to striking effect, Malcolm Martineau has established himself independently among the cream of singers and instrumentalists from the British Isles and beyond. One of a remarkable third generation of accompanists following the great Gerald Moore, Martineau combines a comprehensive technique, unfaltering musicality, and the ability to Read more collaborate at the highest level with artists of widely varying temperaments and approaches. He has wisely made his way in an area of musical endeavor once regarded as highly unpromising and has become something of a star in doing it. Martineau, in the British expression, read music at St. Catherine's College at Cambridge, England.

In 1981, he continued his studies at the Royal College of Music, where he primarily worked with Joyce Rathbone, but also studied with Geoffrey Parsons, that paragon among all other post-Moore accompanists. Engaged as an accompanist for the Walther Grüner International Lieder Competition, Martineau was himself a winner, having been chosen as best accompanist. He played for the winner of the lieder award at the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 1989 and that event turned out to be unexpectedly fortuitous: the first-place singer was Terfel and the two artists would subsequently appear together often with the international spotlight trained on them.

The following year, he was an accompaniest at the Elly Ameling Competition, once again working with the winning artist. At the Britten-Pears School at Aldeburgh, Martineau has accompanied in master classes given by such luminaries as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Suzanne Danco, Joan Sutherland, Kurt Equiluz, and Ileana Cotrubas. Under his own name, he has presented two important series on song. At St. John's Smith Square in London, he offered a series on the complete songs of Debussy and Poulenc and at London's venerable Wigmore Hall, he conducted a series devoted to Benjamin Britten's vocal works. Both series were broadcast by the BBC. Martineau has, in addition to appearing at many of the most important British festivals, performed at the Salzburg, Vienna, and Aix-en-Provence festivals as well as on tours throughout North and South America.

Recitals have taken him to most major European cities, Amsterdam, Paris, Munich, Berlin, and Milan among them. The list of singers for whom he has provided accompaniment is extensive and multinational: Dame Janet Baker, Felicity Lott, Sir Thomas Allen, Sarah Walker, Frederica von Stade, Tom Krause, Amanda Roocroft, Barbara Bonney, Anne-Sofie von Otter, John Mark Ainsley, Susan Graham, Joan Rodgers, Della Jones, Olaf Bär, Karita Mattila, and Simon Keenlyside among them. In addition, his performances with instrumentalists are equally convincing. He has collaborated with clarinetist Emma Johnson in both live performance and recording.

Examples of Martineau's flexibility in recorded performance may be found in his work with such different artists as Susan Graham and Terfel. With Graham, the accompanist recorded a recital of songs by Ned Rorem, an American composer with high regard for both French elegance and American simplicity. With Graham's luminous singing and direct diction, Martineau offers exemplary interplay, neither overstated nor too acquiescent. For the far more extroverted Terfel, Martineau is ever responsive to the broad dynamics favored by the singer. In discs devoted to Schubert lieder, English songs, Schumann's Liederkreis, Op. 39, and Ballads and Romances, he supports his singer's vivid interpretations, often finding real magic, especially in the disc devoted to English song. Read less

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Born: February 3, 1960; Edinburgh, Scotland  
Although most closely identified with Welsh bass baritone Bryn Terfel, with whom he has appeared and recorded to striking effect, Malcolm Martineau has established himself independently among the cream of singers and instrumentalists from the British Isles and beyond. One of a remarkable third generation of accompanists following the great Gerald Moore, Martineau combines a comprehensive technique, unfaltering musicality, and the ability to Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
No. 1, Abschied von Frankreich
No. 2, Nach der Geburt ihres Sohnes
No. 3, An die Königin Elisabeth
No. 4, Abschied von der Welt
No. 5, Gebet
No. 1, Mignon (Kennst du das Land)
No. 2, Ballade des Harfners
No. 3, Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt
No. 4, Wie nie sein Brot mit Tränen aß
No. 5, Heiß mich nicht reden
No. 6, Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt
No. 7, Singet nicht in Trauertönen
No. 8, An die Türen will ich schleichen
No. 9, So lasst mich scheinen, bis ich werde
No. 1. Liebesbotschaft
No. 2. Kriegers Ahnung
No. 3. Fruhlingssehnsucht
No. 4. Standchen
No. 5. Aufenthalt
No. 6. In der Ferne
No. 7. Abschied
No. 8. Der Atlas
No. 9. Ihr Bild
No. 10. Das Fischermadchen
No. 11. Die Stadt
No. 12. Am Meer
No. 13. Der Doppelganger
No. 14. Die Taubenpost
Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied: Kythere
Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied: Pantherlied
Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied: Abendfrieden
Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied: In Nachtbars Garten
Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied: Glück zu Zweien
Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied: Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied
Počmes de Ronsard: I. Attributs
Počmes de Ronsard: II. Le tombeau
Počmes de Ronsard: III. Ballet
Počmes de Ronsard: IV. Je n'ai plus que les os ?
Počmes de Ronsard: V. A son page
Cinq počmes de Max Jacob: I. Chanson Bretonne
Cinq počmes de Max Jacob: II. Cimétičre
Cinq počmes de Max Jacob: III. La petite servante
Cinq počmes de Max Jacob: IV. Bercuse
Cinq počmes de Max Jacob: V. Souric et Mouric
Osiem piesn?i polskich (Huit chansons polonaises): I. Wianek (La couronne)
Osiem piesn?i polskich (Huit chansons polonaises): II. Odjazd (Le de?part)
Osiem piesn?i polskich (Huit chansons polonaises): III. Polska m?odziez (Les gars polonais)
Osiem piesn?i polskich (Huit chansons polonaises): IV. Ostatni mazur (Le dernier mazour)
Osiem piesn?i polskich (Huit chansons polonaises): V. Pozegnanie (L?adieu)
Osiem piesn?i polskich (Huit chansons polonaises): VI. Bia?a choragiewka (Le drapeau blanc)
Osiem piesn?i polskich (Huit chansons polonaises): VII. Wis?a (La vistule)
Osiem piesn?i polskich (Huit chansons polonaises): VIII. Jezioro (Le lac)
Cinq poe?mes de Paul Eluard: I. Peut-il se reposer celui qui dort
Cinq poe?mes de Paul Eluard: II. Il la prend dans ses bras
Cinq poe?mes de Paul Eluard: III. Plume d?eau claire
Cinq poe?mes de Paul Eluard: IV. Ro?deuse au front de verre
Cinq poe?mes de Paul Eluard: V. Amoureuses
Chansons villageoises: I. Chanson du clair tamis
Chansons villageoises: II. Les gars qui vont a? la fe?te
Chansons villageoises: III. C?est le joli printemps
Chansons villageoises: IV. Le mendiant
Chansons villageoises: V. Chanson de la fille frivole
Chansons villageoises: VI. Le retour du sergent
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel - 1. The Vagabond
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel - 2. Let beauty awake
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel - 3. The roadside fire
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel - 4. Youth and love
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel - 5. In dreams
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel - 6. The infinite shining heavens
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel - 7. Whither must I wander?
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel - 8. Bright is the ring of words
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel - 9. I have trod the upward and the downward slope
Finzi: Let Us Garlands Bring op.18 - Come away, come away, death
Finzi: Let Us Garlands Bring op.18 - Who is Silvia?
Finzi: Let Us Garlands Bring op.18 - Fear no more the heat o' the sun
Finzi: Let Us Garlands Bring op.18 - O Mistress mine
Finzi: Let Us Garlands Bring op.18 - It was a lover and his lass


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