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Spencer, Charles (piano)
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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' (CDH55270)
Chopin: Polish Songs
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55270  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Bardzo raniuchno wschodzilo sloneczko 'Early one morning the sun was rising'  First line to Piosnka Litewska 'Lithuanian song', Op 74 No 16 (Chopin)
Berceuse 'Mazurka in C major, Op 33 No 3' (Chopin/Viardot)
Blyszcza krople rosy 'The dew sparkles'  First line to Wiosna 'Spring', Op 74 No 2 (Chopin)
Chère âme, sans toi j'expire  First line to Plainte d'amour 'Mazurka in F sharp minor, Op 6 No 1' (Chopin/Viardot)
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  First line to Berceuse 'Mazurka in C major, Op 33 No 3' (Chopin/Viardot)
Entendez-vous c'est le signal  First line to La danse 'Mazurka in G major, Op 50 No 1' (Chopin/Viardot)
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'  First line to Zyczenie 'The Maiden's Wish', Op 74 No 1 (Chopin)
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  First line to La fête 'Mazurka in E flat minor, Op 6 No 4' (Chopin/Viardot)
Leci liscie z drzewa 'Leaves are falling thickly'  First line to Spiew grobowy 'Hymn from the tomb', Op 74 No 17 (Chopin)
Melodya, Op 74 No 9 (Chopin)
Mgla mi do oczu zawiewa z lona 'My heart is heavy, my eyes full of sorrow'  First line to Dumka 'Reverie', KKIVb/9 (Chopin)
Mgla mi do oczu zawiewa z lona 'My heart is heavy, my eyes full of sorrow'  First line to Nie ma czego trzeba 'Faded and vanished', Op 74 No 13 (Chopin)
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  First line to Faible cœur 'Mazurka in F minor, Op 7 No 3' (Chopin/Viardot)
Rok sie kochali, a wiek sie nie widzieli 'For a year they loved, for eternity they parted'  First line to Dwojaki koniec 'The double end', Op 74 No 11 (Chopin)
Rosnie trawka, ziólko 'Dew lies on the meadows'  First line to Posel 'The messenger', Op 74 No 7 (Chopin)
Rzeko z cudzoziemców strony 'River, flowing from the mountains'  First line to Smutna rzeka 'Sad river', Op 74 No 3 (Chopin)
Rzy mój gniady, ziemie grzebie 'Hark! My steed stamps the dust'  First line to Wojak 'The warrior', Op 74 No 10 (Chopin)
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'  First line to Pierscien 'The ring', Op 74 No 14 (Chopin)
Spiew grobowy 'Hymn from the tomb', Op 74 No 17 (Chopin)
Strumyk lubi w dolinie 'Streams gurgle through the valley'  First line to Gdzie lubi 'There where she loves', Op 74 No 5 (Chopin)
Szynkareczko, szafareczko 'Take care, pretty girl'  First line to Hulanka 'Drinking song', Op 74 No 4 (Chopin)
To sa czary, pewno czary! 'It must be witchcraft'  First line to Czary 'Witchcraft', KKIVa/11 (Chopin)
Wiatr zaszumial miedzy krzewy 'The wind howls in the forest'  First line to Narzeczony 'The bridegroom', Op 74 No 15 (Chopin)
Wiosna 'Spring', Op 74 No 2 (Chopin)
Wojak 'The warrior', Op 74 No 10 (Chopin)
Wzniosly, smukly i mlody 'Young and tall and handsome'  First line to Sliczny chlopiec 'Handsome lad', Op 74 No 8 (Chopin)
Z gór, gdzie dzwigali 'Under their crosses' cruel weight they stand'  First line to Melodya, Op 74 No 9 (Chopin)
Zyczenie 'The Maiden's Wish', Op 74 No 1 (Chopin)
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