This is the world-premiere recording of Faurés complete vocalises, a thirty-strong collection which has not seen the light of day in over a hundred years.
As a trumpet player and recording artist, Jonathan has attracted plaudits from the press; his producing career has resulted in over 200 albums and several awards including eight Gramophone Awards.
Jonathan broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3 and is in demand as an essayist for EMI, Warner, Deutsche Grammophon and other major record labels.
Written when Fauré was Director of the Paris Conservatoire, these exquisite vignettes find new life in this performance by a fellow Director, the Royal Academy of Musics Principal, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood.
Originally ordered by increasing technical challenge Jonathan instead orders the pieces by the musics varied affects and aptly places them in a context central to Fauré.
Jonathan is accompanied by pianist Roy Howat, who is uniquely qualified in this role, having edited the newly discovered vocalises with Emily Kilpatrick for publication in 2013.
Fauré: Lydias Vocalises includes several bonus French works - which also started life as works for instruments other than trumpet and piano - originally featured on the albums La Trompette Retrouvée and Trumpet Masque accompanied by Daniel-Ben Pienaar.
Roy studied French piano repertoire intensively in Paris; his specialization in French music has yielded two groundbreaking books Debussy in Proportion and The Art of French Piano Music.