Silent Noon Import
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Silent Noon by Bryn Terfel and pianist Malcolm Martineau offers listeners some of the finest examples from a remarkable period in the history of English song. Given its prominence as a spoken language the world over, it is surprising that English musical settings are still so little known outside their country of origin. In fact this is an unusually rich tradition, containing many glorious examples of wonderful words matched with inspired music to form a perfect unity. These are human songs songs that tell stories, create moods and recall powerful emotional experiences. They are wide ranging, immediate and direct songs of truly uni¬versal appeal.
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In addition to Terfel's renowned rich, oak hued and sonorous voice his performances particularly in the genre of Opera demonstrate to best advantage the outstanding dramatic power of his voice. The majority of these songs are of a softer, more joyous or poignant nature however Terfel's vocal strength and characterful performance is expertly displayed in several of the settings namely Keel's 'Mother Carey' and Somervell's 'The street sounds to the soldiers' tread' and 'On the idle hill of summer'.Read more ›
Much respect must go out to both singer and pianist in the delivery of these songs. They are treated with the utmost respect and love, and even the two nonsense songs by Stanford that round off this selection are performed with respect and dignity.
Bryn Terfel has a BIG voice, and even though his tone is BIG and dramatic, it's never out of place. He reads the music in a dramatic, rather than a lyrical way, but that's what you'd expect from the man. He isn't Fritz Wunderlich or even Fischer-Dieskau. If you buy a Terfel record rather than a record from the oter two gentlemen, be prepared for a BIG sound, even though I personally think that he has mellowed out a bit since The Vagabond.
His delivery of the lyrics and understanding of the storyline in these songs is unbeatable. The only time I find, that he goes a bit overboard is in Brittens "Foggy, Foggy Dew", which he smothers in sighs, dramatic breaths and "funny" intonation. Otherwise the delivery is superb.
A small note on his diction: I don't know, why he pronounces Wind in "Blow, Blow thou Winter Wind" as wind (to wind somethig up, for instance). That and a few other places left me a bit puzzled, but that may be down to the fact, that I don't know enough about English pronunciation. Oh... and the rolling R's are back :-) I love it, some don't...
This is a genius record. If you have any interest in English song, this is a must have. If you don't care about the likes of Frederick Keel and Drofnatski, you will after hearing this record. Buy now...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully sung, excellent voice... this CD is just fantastic. I prefer it to all other versions I've heard so far.Published on 29 April 2013 by RCUK
This is a first class CD by Bryn Terfel and Malcolm Martineau (piano). Good selection of songs thoughtfully compiled and sensitively interpreted.Published on 26 Nov. 2012 by Norman L. Castleton