Songs by Donald Swann
Kathryn features in this collaborative recording of Donald Swann songs with distinguished singers Soprano Felicity Lott, Baritone Roderick Williams and Tenor John Mark Ainsley. The project was the brainchild of pianist Christopher Glynn who liaised with baritone Leon Berger, Swann’s Archivist. The CD was released on the Hyperion label on 30th June 2017.
Donald Swann will always be remembered as the musical half of the comic duo Flanders & Swann. This two-disc collection celebrates the unique talents of a gifted songwriter.
The recording was made in January 2016 at Potton Hall in Suffolk with Producer Jeremy Hayes and Engineered by Ben Connelian.
“If there’s a revelation…it’s the newcomer of the singing quartet: Rudge, a rising mezzo-soprano with rich tone…” Neil Fisher, The Times
“The performances by this star cast of singers are impeccable. Great Stuff” BBC Music Magazine
“The collection celebrates the unique talents of a gifted songwriter whose settings of poets from Burns to Betjeman are ripe for revival. The quartet of distinguished singers is luxury casting” Hyperion Records
“This is a continually fascinating and diverse selection of 46 songs (from over 600) which recitalists and Lieder lovers will lap up, for there are many buried treasures here’ Gramophone
Love’s Old Sweet Song
Kathryn’s debut recital disc Love’s Old Sweet Song with pianist James Baillieu was released in 2015 on the Champs Hill label.
“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.” 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.” Robert Hugill
Leoncavallo – Zazà Opera Rara
Maurizio Benini and the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s staggering production of Leoncavallo’s Zazà is an emotional rollercoaster of gripping melodies and high drama. Centering on the story of the French music-hall singer Zazà and her estrangement from her lover Milio, the Italian composer’s poignant opera retains its gravitas in this striking production.
Ermonela Jaho (Zaza); Riccardo Massi (Milio); Stephen Gaertner (Cascart); Patricia Bardon (Anaide); David Stout (Bussy); Nicky Spence (Courtois); Kathryn Rudge (Natalia); Simon Thorpe (Duclou); Fflur Wyn (Floriana); Julia Ferri (Toto); Renato Balsadonna, Chorus Director; BBC Singers, Maurizio Benini – conductor
Bellini – Adelson e Salvini
Bellini’s first opera Adelson e Salvini, written in 1825 while the composer was still a student at the Naples Conservatory. Marking the company’s third complete opera recording by Bellini, following La straniera and Il Pirata, up and coming bel canto specialist Daniele Rustioni leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Daniela Barcellona (Nelly), Simone Alberghini (Lord Adelson), Enea Scala (Salvini), Rodion Pogossov (Colonel Struley), David Soar (Geronio), Kathryn Rudge (Fanny), Leah-Marian Jones (Madama Rivers). Opera Rara Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Daniele Rustioni – conductor
Nyman Symphony No.11: Hillsborough Memorial
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Josep Vincent conductor
Kathryn Rudge mezzo-soprano
Liverpool Philharmonc Youth Orchestra
Commissioned by the Liverpool Biennial 2014, in partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Liverpool Cathedral
World Premiere Performance September 5 2014 at Liverpool Cathedral Michael Nyman Symphony No.11: Hillsborough Memorial pays tribute to the 96 Liverpool football fans who lost their lives in 1989 and for whom Justice has only recently been served.
Nyman sets the names of the 96 victims to music in the opening movement, ‘The Singing of the Names’, powerfully performed by Liverpool born mezzo-soprano Kathyrn Rudge. The names of the 96 will be included within the booklet notes, along with Michael’s own thoughts on the events leading up to the writing of the music. Josep Vicent conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in this emotionally charged recording.