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The Obligato Clarinet - Lachner, Obiols, Spohr / James


Release Date: 05/31/2005 
Label:  Divine Art   Catalog #: 25025   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz LachnerLouis SpohrGiacomo MeyerbeerFranz Schubert,   ... 
Performer:  Robert MurrayEirian JamesOliver DaviesColin Bradbury
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

REVIEWS:

“One of the more beautiful CDs I have heard recently... Most of the names are new to me also, but that is what makes this CD all the more valuable. The soloists are quite personable and give the requisite dramatic approach to the texts. If there ever was a gift for the collector who 'has everything,' this is it.” – Frank Behrens, Eagle Times USA

“Eirian James’ style is well suited to this repertoire... Bradbury demonstrates that he has lost none of that technical efficiency and flamboyance... He achieves nuances of expression which bring a smile to the lips. The recording is very good... Highly recommended.” – Paul Reid, The Schubertian

“Everywhere in the programme, Bradbury’s easy
Read more technique and natural musicianship are sympathetic to the music on hand. An attractive programme very well presented.” – Christopher Howell, MusicWeb

“These performances are excellent... This CD can be wholeheartedly endorsed.” – Spohr Society

”The performances are very fine... Eirian James is a sensitive mezzo-soprano... Robert Murray is similarly communicative and mellow... The beauty and personality of [Bradbury’s] tone merit admiration.” – Raymond Tuttle, International Record Review

“Eirian James...deploys her gleaming high mezzo gracefully and nimbly. Colin Bradbury is a liquid-toned clarinettist, phrasing alluringly and relishing his bouts of elegant virtuosity...” Performance ****, Sound ***** – Richard Wigmore, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Seit ich ihn gesehen, Op. 82 by Franz Lachner
Performer:  Robert Murray (Tenor), Eirian James (Mezzo Soprano), Oliver Davies (Piano),
Colin Bradbury (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London (07/04/2002 - 07/06/2002) 
2.
Auf Flüglen des Gesänges by Franz Lachner
Performer:  Colin Bradbury (Clarinet), Robert Murray (Tenor), Oliver Davies (Piano),
Eirian James (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London (07/04/2002 - 07/06/2002) 
3.
Songs (6) with Clarinet obbligato, Op. 103 by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Eirian James (Mezzo Soprano), Robert Murray (Tenor), Oliver Davies (Piano),
Colin Bradbury (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Venue:  Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London 
Length: 22 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London (07/04/2002 - 07/06/2002) 
4.
Hirtenlied by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Colin Bradbury (Clarinet), Oliver Davies (Piano), Robert Murray (Tenor),
Eirian James (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Venue:  Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London (07/04/2002 - 07/06/2002) 
5.
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D 965/Op. 129 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Eirian James (Mezzo Soprano), Colin Bradbury (Clarinet), Robert Murray (Tenor),
Oliver Davies (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London (07/04/2002 - 07/06/2002) 
6.
I Laj by Mariano Obiols
Performer:  Oliver Davies (Piano), Colin Bradbury (Clarinet), Eirian James (Mezzo Soprano),
Robert Murray (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Spain 
Venue:  Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London (07/04/2002 - 07/06/2002) 
7.
Der Himmel hat eine Thräne Geweint, Op. 63 by Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken
Performer:  Eirian James (Mezzo Soprano), Robert Murray (Tenor), Colin Bradbury (Clarinet),
Oliver Davies (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London (07/04/2002 - 07/06/2002) 
8.
Der Sennin Heimweh, Op. 236 by Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda
Performer:  Robert Murray (Tenor), Eirian James (Mezzo Soprano), Colin Bradbury (Clarinet),
Oliver Davies (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1862; Bohemia 
Venue:  Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London (07/04/2002 - 07/06/2002) 
9.
A Song of Love and Death by Richard Walthew
Performer:  Robert Murray (Tenor), Eirian James (Mezzo Soprano), Colin Bradbury (Clarinet),
Oliver Davies (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; England 
Venue:  Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London (07/04/2002 - 07/06/2002) 
10.
Alpenlied: Froh, durch blüthenvolle Gründe by Andreas Späth
Performer:  Eirian James (Mezzo Soprano), Robert Murray (Tenor), Colin Bradbury (Clarinet),
Oliver Davies (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838 
Venue:  Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Wathen Hall, St. Paul's School, London (07/04/2002 - 07/06/2002) 

Sound Samples

Seit ich ihn gesehen, Op. 82
Auf Flugeln des Gesanges
Romanza: I Laj
6 Lieder, Op. 103: No. 1. Sei Still Mein Herz
6 Lieder, Op. 103: No. 2. Zwiegesang
6 Lieder, Op. 103: No. 3. Sehnsucht
6 Lieder, Op. 103: No. 4. Wiegenlied
6 Lieder, Op. 103: No. 5. Das Heimliche Lied
6 Lieder, Op. 103: No. 6. Wach Auf
Des Schafers Lied
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock), Op. 129, D. 965
Der Himmel hat eine Thrane Geweint, Op. 63
Der Sennin Heimweh, Op. 236
A Song of Love and Death
Alpenlied: Froh, durch bluthenvolle Grunde

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