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Earth, sweet earth … 'Laudes terra', Op 94


James Gilchrist (tenor), Anna Tilbrook (piano)
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Recording details: September 2008
Big School, Christ's Hospital, Horsham, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: October 2010
Total duration: 29 minutes 2 seconds


'James Gilchrist is an impressively rounded advocate. His enunciation is superb, his melodic phrasing is always wonderfully musical; he can be seductive, but at times there's an eloquent astringency not unlike the late Philip Langridge' (BBC Music Magazine)» More

'The first time you hear Earth, Sweet Earth (Laudes Terrae) by Kenneth Leighton (1929-88), the piano introduction is so elaborate, pensive and self-sufficient you forget the voice will enter at all. James Gilchrist makes the same observation in his programme note for these settings of Gerard Manley Hopkins, given vividly nuanced performances by the British tenor and his regular duo partner Anna Tilbrook. Each word is clear, each pianistic colour brought out. Paired, fittingly, with Winter Words by Leighton's contemporary Benjamin Britten, this haunting disc provides a fierce elegy to our lost Eden' (The Observer)

'Eine überaus interessante SACD ist nun mit zwei kontrastierenden Kompositionen bei Linn erschienen: einerseits dem bekannten, für Peter Pears komponierten Zyklus Winter Words von Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), andrerseits Earth, Sweet Earth…'Laudes terrae' von Kenneth Leighton (1969-1988), für den plötzlich mehr und mehr Interesse erkennbar wird. Und in der Tat: Dieses 'Lied der Erde', die ihre Schönheiten vorstellt und im ihre Zerstörung bangt, ist ein tief berührender Zyklus, zumal er, wie Winter Words imponierend und überzeugend von James Gilchrist gedeutet wird. Die Intensität, mit der dieser von Anna Tilbrook, seiner wunderbaren Partnerin, begleitet wird, ist beeindruckend' (Pizzicato, Luxembourg)

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