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None But The Lonely Heart / Roocroft, Martineau

Tchaikovsky / Debussy / Strauss / Martineau
Release Date: 01/08/2008 
Label:  Onyx   Catalog #: 4022   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyClaude DebussyRichard Strauss
Performer:  Amanda RoocroftMalcolm Martineau
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

What a difference intelligent hard work can make. The strong, bright soprano with the gleaming middle register on this disc hardly sounds like the same Amanda Roocroft who made her over-ambitious, plums-in-the-mouth EMI debut back in the early 1990s. There was all the difference in the world, too, between her heartfelt, text-aware Tatyana at Covent Garden and the relatively insipid heroine of the Welsh National Onegin only a few seasons before. Happily, her Tchaikovsky here hits the same best form, with long lines beautifully supported by Malcolm Martineau in the ineffable Cradle Song. True, the colour is the same throughout – a handsome voice like this needs unflagging support – and Roocroft may not plumb the well of loneliness so Read more singularly as an interpreter like mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina does in ‘Once again, alone’, but she brings an almost unbearable intensity to the refrains of ‘To forget so soon’. There’s nothing wispy about her Debussy, the large-scale ambition of ‘Le balcon’ matched by the splendid scope of Richard Strauss’s ‘Befreit’ and ‘Ruhe, meine Seele’. ‘Cäcilie’ might best have been avoided as it exposes her sometimes effortful top; the recording, which otherwise loves her voice, turns the sound discreetly to the wall at such moments. Still, despite the overall rating there are certainly some five-star performances here – and Strauss’s relatively unfamiliar ‘Glückes genug’ hints that she may make an Arabella of ideal candour and dignity.

-- David Nice, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 6, None but the lonely heart by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Amanda Roocroft (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Amanda Roocroft ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
2.
Songs (6), Op. 73: no 4, The sun has set by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Amanda Roocroft ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Venue:  Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
Songs (6), Op. 16: no 1, Cradle song by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Amanda Roocroft (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 5, Why? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Amanda Roocroft (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Venue:  Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5.
Songs (6), Op. 73: no 6, Again, as before, alone by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Amanda Roocroft (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Venue:  Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6.
So soon forgotten (L'oublié), song for voice & piano by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Amanda Roocroft (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Russia 
Venue:  Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
7.
Poèmes (5) de Baudelaire by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Amanda Roocroft (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887-1889; France 
Venue:  Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England 
Length: 26 Minutes 2 Secs. 
8.
Lieder (6), Op. 17: no 2, Ständchen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Amanda Roocroft (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1887; Germany 
Venue:  Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
9.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 8, Allerseelen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Amanda Roocroft (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Venue:  Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
10.
Glückes genug ("Wenn sanft du mir im Arme schliefst"), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/1 (TrV 187/1) by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Amanda Roocroft (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1898 
Venue:  Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
11.
Lieder (5), Op. 39: no 4, Befreit by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Amanda Roocroft (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
12.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 1, Ruhe, meine Seele by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Amanda Roocroft (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Venue:  Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
13.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 3, Heimliche Aufforderung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Amanda Roocroft (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Venue:  Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
14.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 2, Cäcilie by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Amanda Roocroft (), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Venue:  Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 

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