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Spencer, Charles (piano)
© Ute Grunenberg

Charles Spencer (piano)

Charles Spencer was born in Yorkshire, England. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Max Pirani, during which time he was awarded numerous prizes, culminating in a scholarship from the Austrian Government to further his studies in Vienna with Walter Fleischmann, Noel Flores and Robert Schollum and attend master classes by Vlado Perlemuter and Geoffrey Parsons. He graduated from the Vienna Hochschule für Musik with unanimous distinction and was awarded the prize for artistic merit by the Austrian Government.

Mr Spencer is now one of the most sought-after accompanists. For over twelve years he worked with Christa Ludwig and in 1993 he accompanied her in her 'Farwell to Salzburg' concert, a recording of which was awarded the Diapason d'Or. Their subsequent recital, 'Tribute to Vienna', was issued on both CD and video and was awarded the prize of Classical Recording of the Year 1994 by Ongaku No Tomo (Friends of Music) magazine) in Japan.

Charles Spencer has regular engagements on the Continent, in Japan and the United States. He accompanies June Anderson, Gundula Janowitz, Sumi Jo, Marjana Lipovšek, Doris Soffel, Jessye Norman, Thomas Quasthoff, Peter Schreier, Deon van der Walt, Deborah Polaski, Teresa Berganza and Kathleen Kuhlmann. He has played for Thomas Hampson and John Shirley-Quirk on different occasions. He also appears with Thierry Félix, Christian Elsner and Ruth Ziesak who studied with him and all of whom went on to win international Lieder competitions.

He is Professor of Lied Interpretation for singers and pianists at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt and gives regular masterclasses in Vienna and Salzburg and others in Germany, Japan and Iceland. Plans include masterclasses at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv.

Albums

Chopin: Polish Songs
CDH55270Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Complete works available for download

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Berceuse 'Mazurka in C major, Op 33 No 3'with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Czary 'Witchcraft', KKIVa/11with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Dumka 'Reverie', KKIVb/9with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Dwojaki koniec 'The double end', Op 74 No 11with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Faible cœur 'Mazurka in F minor, Op 7 No 3'with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Gdzie lubi 'There where she loves', Op 74 No 5with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Hulanka 'Drinking song', Op 74 No 4with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
La danse 'Mazurka in G major, Op 50 No 1'with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
La fête 'Mazurka in E flat minor, Op 6 No 4'with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Melodya, Op 74 No 9with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Moja pieszczotka 'My darling', Op 74 No 12with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Narzeczony 'The bridegroom', Op 74 No 15with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Nie ma czego trzeba 'Faded and vanished', Op 74 No 13with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Pierscien 'The ring', Op 74 No 14with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Piosnka Litewska 'Lithuanian song', Op 74 No 16with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Plainte d'amour 'Mazurka in F sharp minor, Op 6 No 1'with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Posel 'The messenger', Op 74 No 7with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Precz z moich oczu! 'Out of my sight!', Op 74 No 6with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Sliczny chlopiec 'Handsome lad', Op 74 No 8with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Smutna rzeka 'Sad river', Op 74 No 3with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Spiew grobowy 'Hymn from the tomb', Op 74 No 17with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Wiosna 'Spring', Op 74 No 2with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Wojak 'The warrior', Op 74 No 10with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)
Zyczenie 'The Maiden's Wish', Op 74 No 1with Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Bardzo raniuchno wschodzilo sloneczko 'Early one morning the sun was rising'  
Berceuse 'Mazurka in C major, Op 33 No 3' (Chopin/Viardot)
Blyszcza krople rosy 'The dew sparkles'  
Chère âme, sans toi j'expire  
Czary 'Witchcraft', KKIVa/11 (Chopin)
Dumka 'Reverie', KKIVb/9 (Chopin)
Dwojaki koniec 'The double end', Op 74 No 11 (Chopin)
Enfant, cède au sommeil qui ferme ta paupière  
Entendez-vous c'est le signal  
Faible cœur 'Mazurka in F minor, Op 7 No 3' (Chopin/Viardot)
Gdybyn ja byla sloneczkiem na niebie 'If I were the sun in the sky'  
Gdzie lubi 'There where she loves', Op 74 No 5 (Chopin)
Hulanka 'Drinking song', Op 74 No 4 (Chopin)
La danse 'Mazurka in G major, Op 50 No 1' (Chopin/Viardot)
La fête 'Mazurka in E flat minor, Op 6 No 4' (Chopin/Viardot)
La village est tout en fête  
Leci liscie z drzewa 'Leaves are falling thickly'  
Melodya, Op 74 No 9 (Chopin)
Mgla mi do oczu zawiewa z lona 'My heart is heavy, my eyes full of sorrow'  
Mgla mi do oczu zawiewa z lona 'My heart is heavy, my eyes full of sorrow'  
Moja pieszczotka 'My darling', Op 74 No 12 (Chopin)
Narzeczony 'The bridegroom', Op 74 No 15 (Chopin)
Nie ma czego trzeba 'Faded and vanished', Op 74 No 13 (Chopin)
Pierscien 'The ring', Op 74 No 14 (Chopin)
Piosnka Litewska 'Lithuanian song', Op 74 No 16 (Chopin)
Plainte d'amour 'Mazurka in F sharp minor, Op 6 No 1' (Chopin/Viardot)
Posel 'The messenger', Op 74 No 7 (Chopin)
Precz z moich oczu! 'Out of my sight!', Op 74 No 6 (Chopin)
Prépare-toi, faible cœur  
Rok sie kochali, a wiek sie nie widzieli 'For a year they loved, for eternity they parted'  
Rosnie trawka, ziólko 'Dew lies on the meadows'  
Rzeko z cudzoziemców strony 'River, flowing from the mountains'  
Rzy mój gniady, ziemie grzebie 'Hark! My steed stamps the dust'  
Sliczny chlopiec 'Handsome lad', Op 74 No 8 (Chopin)
Smutna rzeka 'Sad river', Op 74 No 3 (Chopin)
Smutno nianki ci spiewaly 'When nurses sang sadly to you'  
Spiew grobowy 'Hymn from the tomb', Op 74 No 17 (Chopin)
Strumyk lubi w dolinie 'Streams gurgle through the valley'  
Szynkareczko, szafareczko 'Take care, pretty girl'  
To sa czary, pewno czary! 'It must be witchcraft'  
Wiatr zaszumial miedzy krzewy 'The wind howls in the forest'  
Wiosna 'Spring', Op 74 No 2 (Chopin)
Wojak 'The warrior', Op 74 No 10 (Chopin)
Wzniosly, smukly i mlody 'Young and tall and handsome'  
Z gór, gdzie dzwigali 'Under their crosses' cruel weight they stand'  
Zyczenie 'The Maiden's Wish', Op 74 No 1 (Chopin)
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