Love’s Old Sweet Song
Kathryn’s debut album Love’s Old Sweet Song with pianist James Baillieu was released in February 2015 on the Champs Hill label. It is a recital disc of songs and ballads in English, written between 1823 and 1945 by British composers.
“Whether or not you have any interest in English song, if you like exceptionally thoughtful music-making, this album is for you. Rudge’s voice is golden, rich, and even; her diction crystal clear, and her phrasing superb. Baillieu’s playing is warm and supportive. Outstanding performances of every piece; I loved every minute of it.”2015 American Record Guide
“A whole range of 20th century English song from Novello to Gurney in a finely crafted debut…Kathryn Rudge has a lovely warm yet focussed mezzo-soprano voice and she sings with a combination of line and superb diction.In many ways this is quite a daring disc. I can think of few programmes which combine music by Ivor Gurney, Frank Bridge, Ivor Novello and Haydn Wood.” Robert Hugill 2015.
Love’s Old Sweet Song CD available to purchase here: £10.99 (inc. P&P)
Nyman Symphony No.11:
The world premiere recording of Michael Nyman’s Symphony No. 11: Hillsborough Memorial was released on CD on 3rd November 2014. The recording featuring the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Kathryn, who sang the names of the 96 supporters who tragically lost their lives, was commissioned by the Liverpool Biennial 2014 with a world premier performance on 5th July 2014 at Liverpool Cathedral.Nyman: Hillsborough Symphony
“Nyman’s emotionally charged opening movement respectfully sets the names of the 96 victims to music. This powerful opening section, ‘The Singing of the Names’, is elegantly performed by the Liverpool born mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge. The names of the 96 are included within the booklet notes along with Michael’s own thoughts written especially for this album release.”
Joseph Vicent conducted the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra who perform alongside the Liverpool Youth and Training Choirs.