Graham Johnson

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Biography

Born: July 10, 1950  
British pianist Graham Johnson has established a reputation as a leading accompanist through his collaborations with the world's foremost vocal artists. Born in Rhodesia, Johnson attended the Royal Academy of Music in London. There he met the accompanist Gerald Moore, whose influence was instrumental to Johnson's own career. After graduation Johnson pursued further studies with Geoffrey Parsons, another respected figure in the world of vocal Read more accompaniment. Fresh out of school, Johnson received a high-profile career boost when the tenor Peter Pears selected him as the official accompanist for his first master classes at Pears' and Benjamin Britten's annual Aldeburgh Festival. During periods when Britten -- Pears' longtime accompanist -- was ill, Pears frequently called upon Johnson as a replacement. In 1975 Walter Legge, the impresario and EMI records producer, selected Johnson to accompany his wife, soprano Elizabeth Schwarzkopf. By this time it was clear that Johnson was on track to become one of the most prominent figures in his field.

In search of creative new ways to explore the art song repertory, Johnson founded The Songmakers' Almanac in 1976. With the approval and guidance of Gerald Moore, Johnson formed the Almanac to seek out neglected piano/vocal works and to build recitals incorporating several singers. Over a quarter of a century Johnson planned and accompanied over 150 Almanac recitals. In addition, he regularly presented summer recital cycles for the London South Bank and Wigmore Hall series and was invited by Alte Oper of Frankfurt, Germany, to give a seven-part cycle of music on texts by Goethe.

One of his most frequent partners is his Royal Academy classmate Dame Felicity Lott. He has also partnered with some of the most distinguished singers of the second half of the twentieth century, including Victoria de los Angeles, Peter Schreier, Marjana Lipovsek, Felicity Palmer, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Elly Ameling, Tom Krause, Jessye Norman, Dame Margaret Price, Arlene Auger, and Brigitte Fassbaender. He is best known internationally for his recordings of Schubert's complete lieder on Hyperion Records with such singers as Dame Janet Baker, Philip Langridge, Stephen Varcoe, Thomas Hampson, Lucia Popp, Thomas Allen, Ian Bostridge, and a number of his regular collaborators. Johnson's other recordings include the songs of Hahn, Bizet, Britten (including his realizations of Purcell), Gounod, Ireland, and Mendelssohn. His numerous honors include multiple Gramophone Solo Vocal Awards.

Johnson appears frequently on the BBC. In addition to performing a traditional accompanist's role, he has written and served as presenter in programs explaining the songs of Schubert, Poulenc, Liszt, and Shostakovich. He is professor of accompaniment at London's Guildhall School of Music and is a fellow of Guildhall and of the Royal Academy of Music. He has given master classes in Finland, New Zealand, and the United States. Read less
Favourite English Songs / Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson
Release Date: 08/27/2002   Label: Chandos Collect  
Catalog: 6653   Number of Discs: 1
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    Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Vol. 37: Vive la France! / Various
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: AVI 8553465 Release Date: 05/17/2019   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ernest Chausson
    Performer:  Sergei Redkin,  Jamina Gerl,  Mao Fujita,  Inga Fiolia  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delian Quartet
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    Berlioz: Complete Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 585940 Release Date: 02/01/2019   Number of Discs: 27
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Claude-J Rouget de Lisle,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Jean Paul Egide Martini  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Charles Burles,  Marie-Claire Jamet,  Donald McInnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Mariss Jansons,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Generation Harmonia Mundi, Vol. 1: The Age of Revolutions
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908904 Release Date: 05/11/2018   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Francisco Soto de Langa,  Nicolas Gombert,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Francis Chapelet,  René Saorgin,  Helmut Winter,  Iegor Reznikoff  ... 
    Conductor:  Gregorio Paniagua,  Alfred Deller,  Marcel Pérčs,  Dominique Visse  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atrium Musicae,  Deller Consort,  Ensemble Organum  ... 
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    The Songs of Brahms, Vol. 7 / Appl, Johnson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 33127 Release Date: 03/30/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Benjamin Appl,  Graham Johnson
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    Songs by Robert Franz / Tritschler, Johnson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68128 Release Date: 06/02/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Franz
    Performer:  Robin Tritschler,  Graham Johnson
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    Sonnets / Ben & Graham Johnson
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 103 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt,  William Aikin  ... 
    Performer:  Ben Johnson,  Graham Johnson
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    Schubert: Lieder / Appl, Johnson
    Label: Wigmore Hall Live   Catalog: 82 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Benjamin Appl,  Graham Johnson
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    The Songs of Brahms, Vol 6 / Bostridge, Johnson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 33126 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Ian Bostridge,  Graham Johnson
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    L'heure Exquise - A French Songbook / Alice Coote
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67962 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Reynaldo Hahn,  Gabriel Fauré,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Alice Coote
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    The Songs Of Brahms, Vol. 5 / Maltman, Johnson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 33125 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Christopher Maltman,  Graham Johnson
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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: The Complete Songs [4-CD Set]
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68021 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Ailish Tynan,  Graham Johnson,  Geraldine McGreevy,  Felicity Lott  ... 
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    Britten: Vocal Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 151642 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Henry Purcell,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Heather Harper,  Neil Mackie,  Barry Tuckwell,  Roger Vignoles  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Steuart Bedford,  Richard Armstrong,  Jeffrey Tate  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Schumann: Lieder / Lipovsek, Johnson
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802198 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Marjana Lipovsek,  Graham Johnson
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    Poulenc: La Voix Humaine / Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson [DVD & Blu-ray]
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 45 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Graham Johnson
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    Essential Encores
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 05149 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Niccolň Paganini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Vag Papian,  Maxim Vengerov,  Michael Rabin,  John Lenehan  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi,  Nash Ensemble
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    Strauss: Songs / Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 37 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Graham Johnson
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    The Power Of Love / Alice Coote, Graham Johnson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67888 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James L. Molloy,  Maude Valérie White,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Liza Lehmann  ... 
    Performer:  Alice Coote,  Graham Johnson
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    My Own Country / Lott, Johnson
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 24 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Hubert Parry,  John Ireland,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Roger Quilter  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Graham Johnson
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  • 20.
    Schubert: Winterreise / Christopher Maltman, Graham Johnson
    Label: Wigmore Hall Live   Catalog: 46 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Christopher Maltman,  Graham Johnson
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    Voyage A Paris - The Melodies Of Francis Poulenc / Lott, Johnson
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55366 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Graham Johnson,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Richard Jackson  ... 
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    Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin / Christopher Maltman, Graham Johnson
    Label: Wigmore Hall Live   Catalog: 44 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Christopher Maltman,  Graham Johnson
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  • 23.
    Schumann: Favourite Songs / Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1091 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Felicity Lott
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    Schubert: Die schone Mullerin / Ian Bostridge, Graham Johnson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 30020 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Ian Bostridge,  Graham Johnson,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
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    Schubert: Winterreise / Matthias Goerne, Graham Johnson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 30021 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Matthias Goerne,  Graham Johnson
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