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The Songs of...

...Saint Sulpice.

The world première recording of Widor’s second song-cycle, composed in 1902, together with further gems from the pen of this master musician, popularly assumed to be “...just an organist…” The shorter melodies are also world première recordings, some of which still remain unpublished.

Widor – Chansons de Mer

Naxos 8.572345

Michael Bundy (Baritone) – Jeremy Filsell (Piano)

Chansons de Mer Op.75*, La Nuit**, Tristesse Infinie**, Nuit Mystérieuse**, Dormez, Mèlité**, Oublieras-tu que d’heures Douces…**
* World première recording of the complete cycle ** World première recording

A Sample of Widor - Dormez, Mèlité

...Notre Dame.


The anguished cycle by Louis Vierne, perhaps summarises his attitude to love and life. The two symphonic songs, given here in their original voice and piano versions, demonstrate, in turn, the composer’s ardent, longing and stoicism in the face of mortality.

Vierne – Le Poème de l’Amour


Naxos 8.572346

Michael Bundy (Baritone) – Jeremy Filsell (Piano)

Le Poème de l’Amour Op.48, Psyché Op.33*, Le Ballade du Désespéré Op.61*
* World première recording of the original version for voice and piano

A Sample of Vierne - Le Bateau Rose

...Saint-Clothilde.


Charles Tournemire, one of music’s most misunderstood composers, demonstrates his gift for melody. All but Sagesse are recorded here for the first time and only two of the mélodies were ever published. They are filled with a rare atmosphere and show a mastery of keyboard sonority and subtlety with an innate understanding of the voice— combined in songs of great beauty.

Tournemire – Sagesse


Naxos 8.572347

Michael Bundy (Baritone) – Helen Crayford (Piano)

Sagesse Op.34, Poème Op.32*, Triptyque Op.39*, Trois Lieder Op.46*, Solitude* Op.25, Le Désir qui Palpite…*, Dialogue Sacrée Op.50* (with Claire Seaton, Soprano)
* World première recording

A Sample of Tournemire - Solitude

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Other solo performances available on CD:

Chausson Le Roi Arthus – Chevalier.
Telarc CD-80645
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein: Cast includes Andrew Schoeder, Susan Bullock and François le Roux
A wonderfully lush retelling of the Arthurian legend...in French!

Hurd The Widow of Ephesus - Soldier.
Dutton CDLX7269

Orchestra Nova conducted by George Vass, other artists involved include Louise Winter and Pippa Goss

A tragi-comic three handed opera, long overdue for another staging...

Kakabadse The Phantom Listeners

Naxos 8.572524
Orchestra Nova conducted by George Vass, other artists involved include Kit Hesketh-Harvey, Emma Brain Gabbot and Claire McCaldin.
A dramatic depiction of Walter de la Mare’s gothic poem

Purcell The Fairy Queen – All bass roles.

Arts Music - 47679
Accademia Bizantina conducted by Ottone Dantone. Other soloists include Carolyn Sampson, Will Towers, and Andrew Carwood
Enough said...although no dialects were allowed – all terribly serious...even the Drunken Poet!

Tovey The Bride of Dyonisus – Dyonisus and King Minos

Dutton CDLX7241

The Ulster Orchestra conducted by George Vass. Cast includes Sally Silver, Yvonne Fontaine and Robert Johnson.

A luxuriously romantic opera from the pen of a man known today only as an academic.

...and (rather strangely)...

Wagner Tristan und Isolde – Kurwenal (Act II only).

Warner Classics
Conducted by Donald Runnicles with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and a cast that included Christine Brewer and John Treleavan: Recorded live, on three separate evenings, in London’s Barbican concert hall – one act per evening. For some reason someone had not realised that Kurwenal appeared in Act II and so a substitute was needed: There is no attribution of this (very brief) contribution on the CD itself!

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