Songs by Vaughan Williams, Britten,Quilter, Finzi and Ireland

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Album title:
Vagabond
Composer(s):
Britten, Finzi and Ireland, Quilter, Songs by Vaughan Williams
Works:
Songs of Travel
Performer:
Teddy Tahu Rhodes (baritone)Sharolyn Kimmorley (piano)
Label:
ABC Classics
Catalogue Number:
476 7175
Performance:
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Sound:
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Reviewer:
BBC Music Magazine
Antipodean baritone as dusty, Armani-clad vagabond: the cover design of the disc says it all. Teddy Tahu Rhodes, from New Zealand, was a personable Papageno recently at Welsh National Opera and, as his career begins to take off in opera houses worldwide, he puts his cards on the song table. His easefully projected, warmly integrated light baritone is well cast for the striding verse of Masefield and Robert Louis Stevenson. Rhodes brings a beguiling oldeworlde New World nostalgia to Ireland’s Masefield ballads; but he needs to engage more robustly in the bright ring of Stevenson’s words and with the shifting colours of the piano writing, so vividly realised by Sharolyn Kimmorley in Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel. Quilter and Finzi are as yet a little penny-plain: Rhodes needs to find darker, more elusive shadows in their expressive world. And three of Britten’s folksong arrangements reveal a tendency to aspirate rather than really sing through their legato lines. But there’s much to enjoy here: it’s just a little too early, perhaps, to document it on disc. Hilary Finch
Rutter: The Gift of Music; Hymn to the Creator of Light; Lord, make me an instrument of they peace; Feel the Spirit; Deep River; Of a Rose, a lovely Rose; Look at the world
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