Stone Records is delighted to announce the concluding CD in a two-disc series that comprises the first complete recording of the songs of Frederick Delius (1862-1934) for voice and piano. Produced in association with 217 Records and supported by the Delius Society and the Ireland Trust, the series is being released in time for the 150th anniversary of the composer s birth. This second volume, which includes 20 première recordings, features all Delius songs to German, French, Swedish and Danish texts, the Scandinavian being sung in English translation. Delius was a polyglot, and he drew inspiration from the poetry of many nations, composing music in idiomatic styles for each language. His strikingly bold Nietzsche settings are completely different to his delicate French songs, and his Danish settings, including The violet and Silken shoes, have more in common with the Norwegian works of disc one. Stone is critically acclaimed for his performances on stage and in concert and his forthcoming engagements include his debut for Cologne opera, concerts around Europe, and return visits to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and The Opera Company of Philadelphia. In recital with Barlow, he has been described as "a baritone of extraordinary elegance and unforced expressiveness... versatile in his response to the varying stylistic demands with Barlow accompanying his voice with a genuine feeling for tone-colour and shape". This disc was the result of a long period of research and preparation by both artists and is an important first for Delius enthusiasts and a must-hear for anyone interested in English song.
Baritone Mark Stone has it all: a terrific technique, theatrical presence and a voice guaranteed to tingle bits of your spine never tingled before. --English love , Classic FM magazine
This is not a recital restricted to one vocal hue. Each song is looked at and receives relevant response from both singer and pianist... He introduces so much by way of nuance and colour to make this a very interesting and fulfilling programme, one which is well recorded. --English love , International record review