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Brahms, Faure, Finzi, Schubert: Songs / Jonathan Lemalu, Roger Vignoles

Lemalu,Jonathan
Release Date: 09/03/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 75203   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gabriel FauréJohannes BrahmsFranz SchubertGerald Finzi,   ... 
Performer:  Jonathan LemaluRoger Vignoles
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Special Order: This CD requires additional production time and ships within 2-3 business days.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Every so often a musician arrives on the scene with a talent so richly endowed that the musical world sits and takes note. The New Zealand-born Samoan Jonathan Lemalu is one such.

A student of Vera Rosza and a recent graduate of the London Royal Schools Opera Course, Lemalu's name is already appearing on concert bills internationally, and debuts at English National Opera, Sydney Opera House, Glyndebourne, Covent Garden and with the LSO are all on the immediate horizon. But it was the maturity of his singing and sheer beauty of his voice that propelled his EMI Debut disc to this Award. Richard Fairman, reviewing it in our August issue, wrote of that 'his voice defies easy categorisation, combining the depth and authority of a
Read more bass with the flexibility and vocal colouring of a baritone. It is not settled yet, sometimes keeping the tone even from note to note, sometimes not, but this is a potentially resplendent sound - resonant, glowing, expressive.' A Debut Disc Award winner is not expected to be a fully matured artist and one could cavil at elements of his Lieder singing, but listen to him in any of the English songs of this disc and, in RTF's words, 'the fully-formed artist bursts Out of his chrysalis'. Jonathan Lemalu reveals a depth of talent and interpretative flair that raises his debut recording into a class of its own.

-- Gramophone [Awards Issue, 2002]
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Works on This Recording

1. L'horizon chimérique, Op. 118 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; France 
Language: French 
2. Serious Songs (4), Op. 121 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Roger Vignoles (Piano), Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Austria 
Language: German 
3. Der Wanderer an den Mond, D 870/Op. 80 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4. Auf der Donau, D 553/Op. 21 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5. Der Schiffer, D 536 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
6. Der Wanderer, D 489 (493a)/Op. 4 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
7. Earth and Air and Rain, Op. 15: no 6, Rollicum-rorum by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928-1932; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
8. Earth and Air and Rain, Op. 15: no 7, To Lizbie Browne by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928-1932; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
9. Lowlands, sea shanty for voice & piano by Roger Vignoles
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
10. Sea fever by John Ireland
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
11. Tradewinds, for voice & piano by Frederick Keel
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1919 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
12. Songs (6) for Voice and Piano: The Estuary by Michael Head
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Roger Vignoles (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; South Africa 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 

Sound Samples

4 Ernste Gesänge Op. 121: I. Denn es gehet dem Menschen (Salomo, Kap. 3)
4 Ernste Gesänge Op. 121: II. Ich wandte mich und sahe an alle (Salomo, Kap. 4)
4 Ernste Gesänge Op. 121: III. O Tod, o Tod, wie bitter bist du (Sirach, Kap. 41)
4 Ernste Gesänge Op. 121: IV. Wenn ich mit Menschen -und mit Engelszungen redete (Korinther 1, Kap. 13)
Der Wanderer an den Mond D870
Auf der Donau D553
Der Schiffer D536
Der Wanderer D489
L'Horizon chimérique Op. 118: La mer est infinie
L'Horizon chimérique Op. 118: Je me suis embarqué
L'Horizon chimérique Op. 118: Diane Séléné
L'Horizon chimérique Op. 118: Vaisseaux nous vous aurons aimés
Earth and Air and Rain Op. 15: 6. Rollicum-Rorum
Earth and Air and Rain Op. 15: To Lizbie Browne
Lowlands (Traditional Sea Shanty arranged by Roger Vignoles)
Sea Fever
Trade Winds (Salt-Water Ballads No. 2)
The Estuary

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