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Love Blows As The Wind Blows / Lemalu, Martineau


Release Date: 11/08/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 58050   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Roger QuilterJohn IrelandGeorge ButterworthGerald Finzi,   ... 
Performer:  Jonathan LemaluMalcolm MartineauAlasdair TaitKrzysztof Chorzelski,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This release marks my first introduction to the New Zealand-born Samoan bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu, but it’s not his CD debut; it’s been preceded by a Lieder recital including Brahms, Schubert, Fauré, et al., and an aria program of Mozart, Rossini, Wagner, Verdi, and others. Lemalu’s credits include wins in the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier and Royal Philharmonic Young Artist of the Year competitions, and operatic appearances as Colline, Papageno, Mozart’s Figaro, and Handel’s Saul.

What comes across uniformly in this program is a vocal instrument of uncommon sonic richness; moreover, the range of repertoire at hand here is perhaps even better suited than Lemalu’s previous recordings to demonstrate that the breadth of his
Read more emotional compass is fully equal to that of his technique. The range of affect in these selections runs the gamut from playful (Bennett) to profound (Barber) to sinister and sardonic (Bolcom); Lemalu responds with an appropriately varied palette of tone color, and vibrato that’s far from being confined to single default value, but equally at his beck and call for interpretive purposes. The programming order, too, is clearly just as well thought-out as would be the case for a live recital. The placement of Bolcom’s spiritual-like “Waitin’” at the conclusion reminds me of Dvorak’s decision to end his second set of Slavonic Dances in an elegiac vein; Lemalu’s similar choice here is equally unconventional but equally effective. The two Shakespeare sets, in passing, make this release a fortuitous but apt companion for Chicago A Cappella’s recent and delightful Cedille compilation of contemporary choral Shakespeare settings.

The accompaniment contributions of pianist Malcolm Martineau and the Belcea Quartet are ideally collaborative, and the recording balance does them full justice. Fine annotations by Jeremy Dibble; texts translated into French and German. In sum, this disc is not only a worthy acquisition in its own right, but suggests that its two predecessors are equally worth investigation.

FANFARE: James Carson
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Works on This Recording

1.
Shakespeare Songs (4), Op. 30 by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; England 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK (05/16/2005 - 05/20/2005) 
2.
Santa Chiara by John Ireland
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK (05/16/2005 - 05/20/2005) 
3.
When lights go rolling round the sky by John Ireland
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK (05/16/2005 - 05/20/2005) 
4.
Love blows as the wind blows by George Butterworth
Performer:  Alasdair Tait (Cello), Krzysztof Chorzelski (Viola), Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone),
Corina Belcea (Violin), Laura Samuel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; England 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 11 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK (05/16/2005 - 05/20/2005) 
5.
Let us garlands bring, Op. 18 by Gerald Finzi
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 14 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK (05/16/2005 - 05/20/2005)
Composition written: England (1929 - 1942). 
6.
Cabaret Songs (12), Vol 1 and 2: no 5, Song of Black Max by William Bolcom
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977-1985; USA 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK (05/16/2005 - 05/20/2005) 
7.
Cabaret Songs (12), Vol 1 and 2: no 12, George by William Bolcom
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977-1985; USA 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK (05/16/2005 - 05/20/2005) 
8.
Cabaret Songs (12), Vol 1 and 2: no 4, Waitin' by William Bolcom
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977-1985; USA 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK (05/16/2005 - 05/20/2005) 
9.
Songs Before Sleep (6): The mouse and the bumble bee by Richard Rodney Bennett
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK (05/16/2005 - 05/20/2005) 
10.
Songs Before Sleep (6): Baby, baby, naughty baby by Richard Rodney Bennett
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK (05/16/2005 - 05/20/2005) 
11.
Songs Before Sleep (6): As I walked by myself by Richard Rodney Bennett
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK (05/16/2005 - 05/20/2005) 
12.
Dover Beach, Op. 3 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Krzysztof Chorzelski (Viola), Laura Samuel (Violin), Corina Belcea (Violin),
Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Alasdair Tait (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 7 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK (05/16/2005 - 05/20/2005) 
13.
Tit for Tat: A Song of Enchantment by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK (05/16/2005 - 05/20/2005)
Composition written: England (1928/68 - 1931/68). 
14.
Tit for Tat: Silver by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK (05/16/2005 - 05/20/2005)
Composition written: England (1928/68 - 1931/68). 
15.
Tit for Tat: Tit for Tat by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, UK (05/16/2005 - 05/20/2005)
Composition written: England (1928/68 - 1931/68). 

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