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Parsons, Geoffrey (piano)

Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

Geoffrey Parsons was born in the Sydney to a working class family. He had two older brothers and a large extended family. He originally intended to study architecture, but his love of music prevailed. He won the ABC’s Instrumental and Vocal Competition in 1947, and toured Australia before travelling to Britain to perform with bass baritone Peter Dawson. The six-concert tour completed, Parsons remained in London, earning a living initially as a cocktail lounge pianist. This led to an engagement with the popular duettists Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, and permanent residence in Britain. Geoffrey Parsons also accompanied some of the world's greatest instrumentalists, artists whom he partnered quickly appreciated his exemplary standards of musicianship, and a level of pianistic command that was totally new to the accompanist's role. This led to his increasing recognition as the ideal accompanist in a career that saw him perform in over 40 countries in six continents, including all the major international music festivals. He also recorded widely throughout his career, leaving a vast output. His partnership with Australia was an essential part of his entire career and he became the means for bringing some of the world’s most important singers and instrumentalists to his native country. He became an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in 1975, and the Guildhall School of Music in 1983 and was named the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year in 1992. He was appointed an Officer (OBE) of the Order of the British Empire and an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia.

He died in London in 1995, following Parsons’ death, the Geoffrey Parsons Award was named in his memory by the Accompanists' Guild of South Australia, of which Parsons was the founding international patron. The award is one of the few Australian prizes to celebrate and encourage the profession of piano accompaniment. The Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Trust exists to encourage the art of the accompanist amongst young pianists.

Albums

Fauré: La chanson d'Ève & other songs
CDA66320Download currently discounted
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
CDS44501/9899CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 17 – Liszt at the Opera II
CDA66571/22CDs
Mahler: Songs of Youth
CDH55160Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Complete works available for download

GABRIEL FAURÉ (1845-1924)
Après un rêve, Op 7 No 1with Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Aubade, Op 6 No 1with Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Aurore, Op 39 No 1with Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Barcarolle, Op 7 No 3with Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Chanson du pêcheur 'Lamento', Op 4 No 1with Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
En prièrewith Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Hymne, Op 7 No 2with Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
La chanson d'Ève, Op 95with Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Le papillon et la fleur, Op 1 No 1with Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Le secret, Op 23 No 3with Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Les berceaux, Op 23 No 1with Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Les présents, Op 46 No 1with Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Les roses d'Ispahan, Op 39 No 4with Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Rêve d'amour, Op 5 No 2with Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Spleen, Op 51 No 3with Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886)
Fantasie und Fuge über den Choral Ad nos, ad salutarem undam aus der Oper Der Prophet von Meyerbeer, S624with Leslie Howard (piano)
GUSTAV MAHLER (1860-1911)
Ablösung im Sommerwith Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Aus! Aus!with Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Erinnerungwith Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Frühlingsmorgenwith Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Hans und Gretewith Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Waldwith Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Im Lenzwith Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellenwith Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Nicht wiedersehen!with Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Phantasie aus Don Juanwith Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Scheiden und Meidenwith Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Selbstgefühlwith Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Serenade aus Don Juanwith Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Starke Einbildungskraftwith Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machenwith Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Winterliedwith Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
Zu Strassburg auf der Schanzwith Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

À Clymène  
À la très chère, à la très belle  
Ablösung im Sommer (Mahler)
Adieu  
Après un rêve, Op 7 No 1 (Fauré)
Aubade, Op 6 No 1 (Fauré)
Aurore, Op 39 No 1 (Fauré)
Aus! Aus! (Mahler)
Barcarolle, Op 7 No 3 (Fauré)
Calmes dans le demi-jour  
Ce soir, à travers le bonheur  
C'est le premier matin du monde  
C'est l'extase  
Chanson du pêcheur 'Lamento', Op 4 No 1 (Fauré)
Cinq Mélodies «de Venise», Op 58 (Fauré)
Comme Dieu rayonne  
Comme elle chante  
Comme tout meurt vite, la rose déclose  
Crépuscule  
Dans un parfum de roses blanches  
Dans un sommeil que charmait ton image  
Das Mägdlein trat aus dem Fischerhaus  
Des jardins de la nuit s'envolent les étoiles  
Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz  
Eau vivante  
En prière (Fauré)
En sourdine  
Erinnerung (Mahler)
Es klopft an das Fenster der Lindenbaum  
Es ritten drei Reiter zum Thore hinaus, Ade!  
Fantasie und Fuge über den Choral Ad nos, ad salutarem undam aus der Oper Der Prophet von Meyerbeer, S624 (Liszt)
Frühlingsmorgen (Mahler)
Ging heut' morgen über's Feld  
Gondolier du Rialto  
Green  
Hans und Grete (Mahler)
Hymne, Op 7 No 2 (Fauré)
Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Wald (Mahler)
Ich hab' ein glühend Messer  
Il pleure dans mon cœur  
Im Lenz (Mahler)
J’étais triste et pensif quand je t’ai rencontrée  
Je veux que le matin l'ignore  
Kukuk hat sich zu Tode gefallen  
La chanson d'Ève, Op 95 (Fauré)
La pauvre fleur disait au papillon céleste  
L'aube blanche  
Le long du quai les grands vaisseaux  
Le long du quai, les grands vaisseaux  
Le papillon et la fleur, Op 1 No 1 (Fauré)
Le secret, Op 23 No 3 (Fauré)
Les berceaux, Op 23 No 1 (Fauré)
Les donneurs de sérénades  
Les présents, Op 46 No 1 (Fauré)
Les roses d'Ispahan, Op 39 No 4 (Fauré)
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Mahler)
L'oiseau dans le buisson  
Ma belle amie est morte  
Mandoline  
Mystiques barcarolles  
Nicht wiedersehen! (Mahler)
Ô mort, poussière d'étoiles  
Paradis  
Phantasie aus Don Juan (Mahler)
Poème d'un jour, Op 21 (Fauré)
Prima verba  
Que tu es simple et claire  
Rencontre  
Rêve d'amour, Op 5 No 2 (Fauré)
Ringel, ringel Reih’n!  
Roses ardentes  
Scheiden und Meiden (Mahler)
Selbstgefühl (Mahler)
Serenade aus Don Juan (Mahler)
Si la voix d'un enfant peut monter jusqu'à vous  
Si tu demandes quelque soir  
S'il est un charmant gazon  
Spleen, Op 51 No 3 (Fauré)
Starke Einbildungskraft (Mahler)
Toujours  
Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen (Mahler)
Und nun ade, mein herzallerliebster Schatz!  
Veilles-tu, ma senteur de soleil?  
Voici des fruits, des fleurs, des feuilles et des branches  
Vous me demandez de me taire  
Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht  
Winterlied (Mahler)
Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz (Mahler)