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At Midnight

Andrew Kennedy

At Midnight

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212020425
Catnr: SIGCD 204
Release date: 01 May 2010
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212020425
Catalogue number
SIGCD 204
Release date
01 May 2010
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About the album

Described as “one of the finest song composers of his generation”, Ian Venables’ music for voice and string quartet draws on a wealth of literary and musical sources, in particular from the 19th Century romantic tradition. Performances on this album come from British tenor Andrew Kennedy and the award winning Dante Quartet.

This release follows the 2008 release On Wedlock Edge with performances by Andrew Kennedy, the Dante Quartet and pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips of works by Vaughan Williams, Ivor Gurney and Ian Venables:

"Venables' songs are sharply responsive to the weight and meaning of every word, and his style ... around Kennedy's voice like a glove ... The tenor handles the texts superbly, making every word perfectly clear". - The Guardian

Artist(s)

Andrew Kennedy (tenor)

Andrew Kennedy studied at King’s College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music in London. He was a member of the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where he performed many solo principal roles. Andrew has won numerous prizes and awards including the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Rosenblatt Recital Prize. He is a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award winner and won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artists’ Award in 2006. He was also a member of BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme. Operatic roles include Tamino The Magic Flute (English National Opera); Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Opera Covent Garden); Jaquino Fidelio (Glyndebourne Festival) and Ferrando Così fan tutte (Glyndebourne Touring Opera);...
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Andrew Kennedy studied at King’s College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music in London. He was a member of the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where he performed many solo principal roles. Andrew has won numerous prizes and awards including the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Rosenblatt Recital Prize. He is a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award winner and won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artists’ Award in 2006. He was also a member of BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme. Operatic roles include Tamino The Magic Flute (English National Opera); Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Opera Covent Garden); Jaquino Fidelio (Glyndebourne Festival) and Ferrando Così fan tutte (Glyndebourne Touring Opera); Nemorino L’elisir d’amore (Opera North) and Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress (La Scala). Concert engagements include Jaquino Fidelio, Francesco Benvenuto Cellini and Mozart Requiem for the LSO/Sir Colin Davis (all recorded for the LSO Live CD label) and Novice Billy Budd (LSO/Harding, recorded on EMI/Virgin Classics). Equally passionate about song repertoire, Andrew gives numerous recitals in Europe and the UK and appears regularly with the pianists Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles Iain Burnside and Malcolm Martineau. Andrew’s fast growing discography includes four solo albums (‘Strauss Songs’ with Roger Vignoles for Hyperion; ‘On Wenlock Edge’ with the Dante Quartet/Simon Crawford Philips for Signum Classics; ‘The Dark Pastoral’ with Julius Drake and Simon Russell Beale for Altara Classics and ‘The Curlew’ with Simon Lepper for Landor Records) and two shared recital discs (‘On Buying A Horse’ and a recording of Liszt songs both with Iain Burnside for Signum Classics). Andrew has recently released his first orchestral album of Gluck, Berlioz and Mozart arias for Signum Classics
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Composer(s)

Ian Venables

Ian Venables studied composition with Richard Arnell at Trinity College of Music, London and later with John Joubert, Andrew Downes and John Mayer at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. His works encompass many genres and he has added significantly to the canon of English art song. Described as ‘Britain’s greatest living composer of art song’ (Musical Opinion) and ‘a song composer as fine as Finzi and Gurney’ (BBC Music Magazine), Ian Venables has written over 80 works in this genre, including nine song-cycles.
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Ian Venables studied composition with Richard Arnell at Trinity College of Music, London and later with John Joubert, Andrew Downes and John Mayer at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. His works encompass many genres and he has added significantly to the canon of English art song. Described as ‘Britain’s greatest living composer of art song’ (Musical Opinion) and ‘a song composer as fine as Finzi and Gurney’ (BBC Music Magazine), Ian Venables has written over 80 works in this genre, including nine song-cycles.

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