Geoffrey Parsons

Biography

Born: June 15, 1929; Sydney, Australia   Died: January 26, 1995; London, England  
Accompanist is a misleading -- even, demeaning -- term for a musician possessing the uncommon range of skills required to project great music in tandem. The first of these is an intuitive rapport making for hand-in-glove unanimity, allied with the unusual temperament to be, so to speak, second among equals. The stylistic awareness and technical resourcefulness demanded of any performing artist and a superb accompanist must be mercurially Read more responsive. Possessed of these gifts in abundance, Geoffrey Parsons was, for nearly a half-century, a favorite keyboard partner to artists on a roster drawn from the twentieth century's greatest. Early precocity sent him to the Sydney Conservatory at 12 for study with Busoni pupil Winifred Burston (1941-1948). By the time he completed his studies with Friedrich Wührer in Munich in 1956, he already had a considerable career behind him -- a tour of Australia with Essie Ackland in 1948, a Southampton appearance with Peter Dawson, the Grand Old Man of English song (despite being Australian), in 1950, and an appearance with Gerhard Hüsch in the Schubert cycle, Die Winterreise, in London in 1955. His first recital with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf took place in London's Festival Hall in 1961 -- the beginning of a partnership later to blossom into the favored status of Schwarzkopf's principal accompanist. Victoria de Los Angeles, Rita Streich, Dame Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda, Hans Hotter, Hughes Cuénod, and Norman Bailey -- among many others -- gave memorable recitals with Parsons and left a considerable legacy of classic recordings, ranging from the restrained purity of Satie's Socrate, with Cuénod, to the jovial rumbustiousness and vernal poetry of Warlock's best songs, with Norman Bailey, though the great lieder composers and mélodistes, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wolf, Richard Strauss, Mahler, Fauré, and Poulenc were his mainstay. Instrumentalists such as Paul Tortelier, Ida Haendel, and Nathan Milstein often appeared with Parsons. He was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1971. At the time of his death in 1995 he had become a genial godfather to a new generation of superstar vocalists, including Olaf Bär, Thomas Hampson, and Barbara Bonney. He was also in demand as a teacher, and his master classes were avidly attended. Read less
Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin / Holzmair, Parsons
Release Date: 02/03/2015   Label: Wigmore Hall Live  
Catalog: 72   Number of Discs: 1
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    Verdi: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002459302 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 75
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Violeta Urmana,  Stuart Neill,  Maria Guleghina,  Samuel Ramey  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lamberto Gardelli,  James Levine,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
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    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: The Complete Recitals 1952-74
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553028 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 31
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Anny Felbermayer,  Josef Metternich  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Otto Ackermann,  Lovro von Matacic,  Josef Krips  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Philharmonia Chorus  ... 
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    Hermann Prey Edition
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 7202 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Albert Lortzing,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Viktor Nessler,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Hermann [Baritone Vocal] Prey,  Franz Hawlata,  Regina Klepper,  Alfred Kuhn  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Froschauer,  Kurt Wöss,  Heinz Geese
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paul Kuhn Ensemble
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    Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin / Holzmair, Parsons
    Label: Wigmore Hall Live   Catalog: 72 Release Date: 02/03/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair,  Geoffrey Parsons
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    Most Wanted Recitals - Operatic Recital /  Nancy Tatum
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002177402 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Amilcare Ponchielli  ... 
    Performer:  Nancy Tatum,  Geoffrey Parsons
    Conductor:  Argeo Quadri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra
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    Most Wanted Recitals - The Art Of Hans Hotter Vol. 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002178202 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Loewe,  Hugo Wolf,  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Geoffrey Parsons
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    Most Wanted Recitals - The Art Of Hans Hotter
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002066902 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Geoffrey Parsons
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    BBC Legends - Great Recordings from the Archive
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5113 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Beryl Hatt,  Agnes Giebel,  Joyce Barker,  Kerstin Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein,  Yevgeny Mravinsky,  Arturo Toscanini,  Kiril Kondrashin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orpington Junior Singers,  Goldsmiths' Choral Union  ... 
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    Poulenc: Complete Works [20-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 972165 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino,  Jacques Février,  Emmanuel Strosser,  Xavier Phillips  ... 
    Conductor:  François Boulanger,  Georges Prętre,  John Alldis,  Harry Christophers  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Garde Républicaine Soloists Ensemble,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus  ... 
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    Essential Britten
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40292 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Heather Harper,  Neil Mackie,  Barry Tuckwell,  Ida Haendel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Iona Brown,  Steuart Bedford,  Paavo Berglund  ... 
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    Schubert: Lieder On Record (1898-2012) [17-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 27575 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Steven Zehr,  Thomas Hampson,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Best Schubert 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 80429 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elmar Schloter,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Alfredo Dallapozza,  Lucia Popp  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Herbert von Karajan,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
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    BBC Legends - Janet Baker
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 50062 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ernest Chausson,  Hector Berlioz,  Arnold Schoenberg  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Dame Janet Baker,  Martin Isepp,  Geoffrey Parsons
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Norman Del Mar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 14.
    150 German Folksongs / Prey, Schreier, Dresden Kreuzchor, Thomanerchor Leipzig
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 7106 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Friedrich Silcher,  Traditional,  Karl Zöllner  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Konrad Ragossnig,  Hermann [Baritone Vocal] Prey,  Geoffrey Parsons  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden,  Roland Buchner,  Jörg-Peter Weigle
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    Icon - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Perfect Prima Donna
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 18459 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  J. Edward Merret,  Harold Jackson,  Geraint Jones,  Manoug Parikian  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Gellhorn,  Otto Klemperer,  Thurston Dart,  Josef Krips  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Liszt: The Complete Piano Music / Leslie Howard
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44501 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 99
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Xavier W. Mozart,  Alexander Borodin
    Performer:  Leslie Howard,  Geoffrey Parsons,  Paul Coletti,  Philip Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
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    Schubert: Lieder / Bonney, Parsons
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4680717 Release Date: 08/03/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Geoffrey Parsons
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    Jessye Norman Live / Geoffrey Parsons
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422235 Release Date: 05/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  George Frideric Handel,  Siegfried Ochs,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons,  Jessye Norman
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  • 19.
    The Wolf Edition - 150th Anniversary
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 88608 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Liese Klahn,  Monika Frimmer,  Erik Werba,  Brigitte Fassbaender  ... 
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  • 20.
    Wolf: Lieder / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Moore, Parsons
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63653 Release Date: 12/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons,  Gerald Moore,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
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  • 21.
    Brahms: Deutsche Volkslieder / Coburn, Prey, Parsons
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5018 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Pamela Coburn,  Hermann Prey,  Geoffrey Parsons
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  • 22.
    The Mendelssohn Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 517453 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris,  Barbara Bonney,  Geoffrey Parsons,  Maxim Vengerov  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Raymond Leppard,  Armin Jordan,  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Éder String Quartet  ... 
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  • 23.
    Schubert: String Quintet, Songs / Chilingirian Quartet, Janet Baker
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28282 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  Gerald Moore,  Geoffrey Parsons,  Jennifer Ward Clarke
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chilingirian String Quartet
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  • 24.
    The Art of Christa Ludwig
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 17608 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Gioachino Rossini,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Gerald Moore,  Geoffrey Parsons,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer,  Herbert von Karajan,  Tullio Serafin,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    Wolf, Strauss: Lieder / Barbara Bonney, Geoffrey Parsons
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429406 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Geoffrey Parsons
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