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Kathryn Rudge Vasily Petrenko Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Elgar
Elgar: Sea Pictures & The Music Makers - RLPO/Vasily Petrenko

“Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO continue their critically acclaimed Elgar project with Sea Pictures and The Music Makers, with Kathryn Rudge as soloist. Sea Pictures is one of the composer’s most popular works and as an orchestral song cycle stands alongside those by Mahler and Strauss. The Music Makers however has had a more troubled history. Elgar had worked on it on and off from 1903 and it was premiered in 1912. Both words and music came in for criticism. Elgar quotes from his symphonies, and ‘Nimrod’ as well as other sources. It can be viewed in the same way as ‘Ein Heldenleben’’ though here the composer is not a hero, but a bard.”    

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Due to Covid-19 CD will be available to purchase Autumn 2020. 

Sea Pictures Op.37 I. Sea Slumber Song

by Elgar | Royal Liverpool Orchestra & Choir Vasily Petrenko

Sea Pictures Op.37 II.In Haven

by Elgar | Royal Liverpool Orchestra and Choir, Vasily Petrenko

Sea Pictures Op.37 III. Sabbath Morning at Sea

by Elgar | Royal Liverpool Orchestra and Choir, Vasily Petrenko

Sea Pictures Op.37 IV. Where Corals Lie

by Elgar | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Sea-Pictures-Op.37_-V.-The-Swimmer

by Elgar | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

The Music Makers, Op.69 V. They Had No Vision Amazing

by Elgar | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

The Music Makers, All Hail We Cry to the Corners

by Elgar | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Sea-Pictures-Op.37_-V.-The-Swimmer

by Elgar | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

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Parry: Judith - London Mozart Players/William Vann

Sarah Fox (soprano), Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano), Toby Spence (tenor), Henry Waddington (bass-baritone)

Crouch End Festival Chorus, London Mozart Players, William Vann

“Every aspect of this performance sounds like a labour of love. Rudge’s soaring, expressive singing as Meshullemeth gives the piece its real heart, and she’s accompanied with intense sympathy by the conductor William Vann, who avoids any suggestion of bombast or sentimentality, and builds Parry’s great paragraphs so eloquently and with such assurance that you’d think he’d been conducting this music all his life.”

“Parry weaves yard upon yard of  golden, lyrical music, glowing with clarinets and horns, and it’s in this vein that he strikes upon the score’s noblest melodic inspiration, the ballad ‘Long Since in Egypt’s plenteous land’, whose melody later became the hymn tune Repton…After hearing it sung with radietn tenderness by Kathryn rudge, with Parry’s gentle nostalgic orchestral ritornellos framing each verse, you’ll never take it for granted again.”

GRAMOPHONE 

Available here:

https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/works/313721–parry-judith/browse

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Grania & Diarmid, Op. 42 No. 3, There Are Seven That Pull the Thread

by Elgar | BBC Concert Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth

The Kings Way (Version for Voice Orchestra)

by Elgar | BBC Concert Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth

Pleading OP.48

by Elgar | BBC Concert Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth

Song Cycle, Op. 59_ No. 4, The Wind at Dawn

by Elgar | BBC Concert Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth

2 Songs Op.60 No.1 The Torch

by Elgar | BBC Concert Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth

2 Songs Op.60 No.2 The River

by Elgar | BBC Concert Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth

Elgar Orchestral Songs "The Hills of Dreamland" - BBCCO/Barry Wordsworth

Available from Somm“Orchestral songs by Sir Edward Elgar (on double slimline selling as a single disc), performed by two of today’s most exciting young singers – mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge and baritone Henk Neven – accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Barry WordsworthThe Hills of Dreamland takes its title from a line in Elgar’s well-known setting, beautifully still and beseeching, of Arthur L Salmon’s Pleading.”

“There are stirring moments as in the impassioned Two Songs of Op.60 performed by Rudge. Rudge impresses in the Pomp and Circumstance strains of ‘The Kingsway’ The Grania and Diarmid incidental Music is powerful.” 

“One of the finest songs is Pleading a setting of Arthur L. Salmon which contains the line The Hills of Dreamland which is used as the title of the album. Here Katherine Rudge is in marvellous form, as she is throughout the recording, displaying her lovely tone with notable ease of projection making every note count…Included also is Elgar’s complete incidental music for a 1901 Gaiety Theatre, Dublin staging of George Moore and William Butler Yeats’s play Grania and Diarmid one of the most celebrated tragic tales of great Celtic Heroic legends. It’s an agreeable score beautifully performed by BBC Concert Orchestra with Rudge excelling in the song There are seven that pull the thread.” Music Web International  

“Kathryn Rudge’s focused but full-bodied mezzo brings clarity and power to a superbly atmospheric account of The Wind at Dawn (1888, orchestrated in 1912), and the two Op.10 songs (The Torch and The River, both settings of Elgar’s own stylised verses) are just as memorable. … Wordsworth and the orchestra come into their own in the Grania and Diarmid music, bringing an almost Sibelius-like evocation of nature and ancient times to the Incidental Music and Funeral March, and then accompanying Kathryn Rudge matchlessly in the mysterious song ‘There are seven that pull the thread’… What makes it even more attractive, however, is the generous addition of a bonus featuring soprano Nathalie de Montmollin accompanied by Barry Collett in a selection of Elgar’s songs for voice and piano. … Like so many of Somm’s previous Elgar releases, this generous collection of songs (two discs priced as one) is essential listening for Elgarians everywhere, enhanced by excellent recordings (the piano songs performed live at Southampton’s Turner Sims Concert Hall), and fine notes from Barry Collett and fellow Elgar expert Andrew Neill. An outstanding addition to the catalogue.” EUROPADISC REVIEW 

Available from Somm 

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2 Symphonic Rhapsodies No. 1 I Pitch My Lonely Caravan at Night

by Eric Coates | Kathryn Rudge (Voice) Christopher Glynn (Piano)

2 Symphonic Rhapsodies No. 2 Bird Songs at Eventide

by Eric Coates | Kathryn Rudge (Voice) Christopher Glynn (Piano)

I Heard You Singing

by Eric Coates | Kathryn Rudge (Voice) Christopher Glynn (Piano)

By the North Sea

by Eric Coates | Kathryn Rudge (Voice) Christopher Glynn (Piano)

Green Hills o Somerset

by Eric Coates | Kathryn Rudge (Voice) Christopher Glynn (Piano)

THE FAIRY TALES OF IRELAND

by Eric Coates | Kathryn Rudge (Voice) Christopher Glynn (Piano)

Rise up and Reach the Stars

by Eric Coates | Kathryn Rudge (Voice) Christopher Glynn (Piano)

Songs by Eric Coates - Kathryn Rudge and Christopher Glynn

“Full marks to Kathryn Rudge and Christopher Glynn for this, the most comprehensive collection of Coates songs ever presented on a single disc – 28 titles, including almost all the best-known ones.”

GRAMOPHONE

“Once upon a time the songs of Eric Coates were sung and recorded by the world’s most prominent artists…which is one reason why this interesting new anthology is welcome. Another is the warm, empathetic advocacy of…Kathryn Rudge. Her creamy, generous mezzo-soprano affectionately cossets the languorous melody of ‘In a Sleepy Lagoon’ and caresses the delicate ‘Bird Songs at Eventide’. In songs which seem perilously sentimental…Rudge is deft at dialing back the whymsy, and distilling genuine emotion. … The ‘Four Old English Songs’…show Coates to be considerably more than a writer of facile parlour melodies. Rudge’s vibrant interpretation makes a persuasive case for them, and Christopher Glynn’s fluid accompaniment is a model of supportive sensitivity. … A valuable issue.”

—Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine Performance: ???????? Recording: ????????

Available to purchase here: Somm Records 

 

Songs by Donald Swann - Christopher Glynn

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 

 

Kathryn Rudge RLPO GARY CARPENTER LOVES ETERNITY

Loves Eternity I. Love

by Gary Carpenter | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Clark Rundell

Loves Eternity II. Grief

by Gary Carpenter | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Clark Rundell

Loves Eternity III. Death

by Gary Carpenter | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Clark Rundell

Loves Eternity IV. Transfiguration

by Gary Carpenter | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Clark Rundell

Loves Eternity V. Eternity

by Gary Carpenter | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Clark Rundell

GARY CARPENTER SET - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Clark Rundell

Gary Carpenter – one of Britain’s most diverse and engaging composers, whose work’s span: dance, film, opera, musicals and concert music, releases a highly anticipated CD of his orchestral works.

“These are all impressive and rewarding pieces, heard in excellent performances and first-class sound, yet are overshadowed by Love’s Eternity (initiated in 1992 and since revised), a quite wonderful set of songs that owe in one way or another to Roberts Browning and Schumann and to Heinrich Heine, and that really touch the heart and send shivers of appreciation down the listener’s spine. If I were asked to ‘guess the composer’ I would have come up with Ned Rorem, André Previn and Leonard Bernstein as possibilities – there is something outgoingly American here (the final number, ‘Reunion’, had me thinking it would find a place in Bernstein’s Candide). Carpenter has produced something special here, deeply affecting settings (as he says, as much to do with Death as the cited Love) and in which Kathryn Rudge excels. Sometimes, listening to music can be so devastating on the emotions. There is beauty and solace here.” Classical Source 

“Equally affecting is the song cycle Love’s Eternity, which was originally written for a 1992 radio monologue about the demise of the poet Robert Browning and features five settings of love poems by his wife Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Carpenter orchestrated the original piano versions for the golden-voiced Liverpool-born mezzo Kathryn Rudge especially for this disc; she performs them here with her local orchestra. I last heard this intelligent, probing singer on a fine Hyperion collection of songs by Donald Swann. Her communication of the English language is exemplary–Barrett Browning’s words aren’t exactly tailored for the modern singer – and Carpenter is fortunate indeed to have found another perfect advocate for his art.”  Hanlon 

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Love's Old Sweet Song

by James Molloy | Kathryn Rudge and James Baillieu

To Gratiana Dancing and Singing

by William Denis Browne | Kathryn Rudge and James Baillieu

I'll walk beside you

by Alan Murray and Edward Lockton | Kathryn Rudge and James Baillieu

We'll gather Lilacs

by Ivor Novello | Kathryn Rudge and James Baillieu

Love went a riding

by Frank Bridge | Kathryn Rudge and James Baillieu

Love's Old Sweet Song - Kathryn Rudge and James Baillieu

Kathryn Rudge presents a recital disc of songs and ballads in English, written between 1823 and 1945 by British composers whose lives were affected by the great war. 

“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 

Amongst the selection of songs are nostalgic gems by Eric Coates, Alan Murray, Ivor Novello (We’ll Gather Lilacs) and Haydn Wood’s famous songs of the First World War, Roses of Picardy.  Also included are Roger Quilter’s beautifully melodic Seven Elizabethan Songs and some passionate songs by Edward Elgar, written prior to the outbreak of WW1. Works composed by serving WW1 soldiers include: William Denis Brown (To Gratiana Dancing and Singing) and Ivor Gurney’s haunting compositions from the trenches, Severn Meadows and By a Bierside.

Kathryn writes “The sentiments of these pieces still resonate strongly in our lives today, never more so than when we remember them in relation to the events of the past”. These songs are often dismissed in modern times as being simply ‘sentimental’ and the stuff of Victorian and Edwardian drawing rooms, but at the heart of the music is something of value.

 

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MICHAEL NYMAN Symphony No.1: Hillsborough Memorial - RLPO/Josep Vicent

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.”

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hamilton harty songs with christopher glynn  – somm/june 2020

IL PARIA DONIZETTI  – OPERA RARA/SIR MARK ELDER JANUARY 2021

 

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