Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.

Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

Click cover art to view larger version
Track(s) taken from CDA67516

Tolerance

First line:
How can I turn from any fire?
composer
author of text
The Fires

Gerald Finley (baritone), Julius Drake (piano)
Recording details: November 2004
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2005
Total duration: 0 minutes 48 seconds
 
1

Reviews

'Finley is always essentially a singer—his tone and command of the singing line are a pleasure in themselves. But he also has the absolute mastery of the composer's idioms and, with Julius Drake, his fearless and totally committed pianist, the technical, virtuosic skills to realise his intentions with (amid all the quirks) complete conviction of naturalness' (Gramophone)

'I cannot praise Gerald Finley’s performance too highly. It takes a very special artist to bring such unembarrassed fervour to General Booth Enters into Heaven and to encompass all its extraordinary changes of mood. What a contrast with the intimate and poetic setting of his own words in Berceuse and the magical Tom Sails Away. The whole disc is a revelation of beauty and owes much to Julius Drake’s equally perceptive playing of the piano accompaniments' (The Sunday Telegraph)

'… outstanding. Gerald Finley has a voice of great beauty, but it's always under the control of his penetrating intelligence: he risks bending pitches for expressive effect, and he adapts his golden timbre and almost English diction to the childlike tones of The Greatest Man and the cowboy drawl of Charlie Rutlage. Julius Drake is an equally versatile pianist, adept alike in simplicity and complexity … Overall, a disc offering sustained illumination and enjoyment' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This range calls for a voice of great flexibility, which Finley exhibits in singing that at will can be wickedly humorous, touchingly heartfelt or transcendentally awed. Julius Drake is an ever resourceful accompanist, matching Finley's ability to span Ives's breadth from Victorian ballad style to polytonal modernism' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Gerald Finley and his accompanist Julius Drake are fully able to convey the expressive range of these songs … Finley brings an refreshing refinement to many of these songs, and always cleans his boots thoroughly after tramping around in the great Ivesian outdoors' (International Record Review)

'Listening to this disc is like walking into the perfect bookshop; with reams and reams of unusual volumes to leaf through at leisure, and no one to disturb you … Finley's singing is communicative, assured and colourful, Drake's playing neat and proper. Absolutely brilliant' (The Independent on Sunday)

'Gerald Finley's magnificent, burnished baritone is the ideal instrument for the generous selection presented here … The Canadian baritone's superb diction in three languages is an especial pleasure. A triumph' (The Sunday Times)

'Gerald Finley and Julius Drake flourish in Ives's complex, often contradictory, never dull musical world. Listen to Swimmers and the extraordinary General William Booth, and I swear you'll be hooked' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Gerald Finley, Julius Drake, and Hyperion here give us the best-ever male-voice selection from one of the most astonishing volumes in vocal history … We ordinary citizens have the right to hear the whole Ives songbook, from these artists. So don't stop now, Hyperion' (Fanfare, USA)

'the perfect match of singer to song' (Financial Times)

'Brilliantly sung by Canadian baritone Gerald Finley, it has become the gold standard by which all future recordings of these pieces will be measured. Finley meets the daunting vocal and dramatic challenges with total commitment and superb musicianship' (The Scene Musicale, Canada)

'Ives, an insurance man for whom composing was an avocation, deserves wider recognition as one of the art-song greats. It's flawless, arresting performances like Finley's — and his supremely elegant accompanist, pianist Julius Drake — that will help make this happen' (Toronto Star, Canada)

'As the program unfolds, there's always what you're not expecting next—moments of piety or exultation, sarcasm or simple grief. When you're done, you've heard one of the most stimulating and provocative of song recitals, as well as one of the most varied and difficult' (Opera News)

'Gerald Finley's ebony-rich voice and lively imagination gets a workout in this wide-ranging program … Finley is superb throughout, with alert support from Julius Drake' (Time Out)

'Baritone Gerald Finley combines a glorious sound with great dramatic instinct. At the climax of General William Booth Enters Heaven, you feel he's holding nothing back. But his voice has an exquisite lightness too, and the moments of lyrical ecstasy are beautifully handled. With some great accompanying from Julius Drake, it's a disc crammed with colour and variety' (Metro)
Circumstantial evidence suggests that in the first decade of the twentieth century Ives composed three Rudyard Kipling songs, one of which was Tolerance, a setting from about 1906 of lines from Kipling’s poem The Fires. But Kipling was notoriously difficult about copyright. Ives had first heard the lines quoted in a lecture by President Hadley at Yale, and he incorporated the song into an ensemble piece called A Lecture by President Arthur Twining Hadley. When he came to publish Tolerance in 114 Songs the words were described as a quotation in Hadley’s lecture, without identifying the author.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2005

Selon des preuves circonstanciées, Ives aurait, dans la première décennie du XXe siècle, composé trois mélodies d’après Kipling, dont Tolerance (vers 1906), sur des vers tirés du poème The Fires. Or, tout le monde sait combien Kipling cédait peu volontiers ses droits. Ives, qui avait entendu ces vers pour la première fois lors d’une conférence du président Hadley, à Yale, incorpora cette mélodie dans une pièce d’ensemble intitulée A Lecture by President Arthur Twining Hadley. Puis, quand vint le moment d’intégrer Tolerance aux 114 Songs, il indiqua que ces paroles provenaient d’une citation faite par Hadley dans une de ses conférences, sans en identifier l’auteur.

extrait des notes rédigées par Calum MacDonald © 2005
Français: Hypérion

Es gibt Indizien, die die Vermutung nahe legen, dass Ives im ersten Jahrzehnt des 20. Jahrhunderts drei Lieder auf Texte von Rudyard Kipling schrieb. Eines davon war Tolerance [„Toleranz“], eine Komposition von ca. 1906 auf Zeilen aus Kiplings Gedicht The Fires [„Die Feuer“]. Nun bereitete Kipling in Sachen Urheberrecht bekanntermaßen große Schwierigkeiten. Ives hatte die Zeilen zum ersten Mal in einer Vorlesung des Präsidenten Hadley an der Yale University gehört. Ives arbeitete das Lied später in ein Ensemblestück namens A Lecture by President Arthur Twining Hadley [„Eine Vorlesung des Präsidenten Arthur Twining Hadley“] um. Als Ives das ursprüngliche Lied Tolerance in den 114 Songs veröffentlichte, lieferte er als Zitatangabe nur Hadleys Vorlesung, ohne den eigentlichen Autoren zu nennen.

aus dem Begleittext von Calum MacDonald © 2005
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

Search

There are no matching records. Please try again.