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James Gilchrist

James Gilchrist

English tenor James Gilchrist is a sought-after recitalist whose voice has been described as pure and sensitive with an even and beautiful tone.



The English Song Collection
The English Song Collection
This special three disc collection brings together James Gilchrist's finest recordings to date. 

CKD 431  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
Includes premiere recordings, memorable debuts and new takes on popular repertoire. 

AKP 408  

My Beloved is Mine
My Beloved is Mine
James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook reunite for a further exploration of the English Song repertoire. 

CKD 404  

Handel: Esther, First reconstructable version (Cannons), 1720
Handel: Esther, First reconstructable version (Cannons), 1720
The third recording in the Dunedin Consort's hugely succesful Handel series. 

CKD 397  

J.S. Bach: Easter and Ascension Oratorios
J.S. Bach: Easter and Ascension Oratorios
A spectacular performance of Bach's choral music led by Matthew Halls. 

BKD 373  

Leighton Earth, Sweet Earth…(laudes terrae) and Britten Winter Words
Leighton Earth, Sweet Earth…(laudes terrae) and Britten Winter Words
Includes the first modern recording of Leighton's 'Earth, Sweet Earth' 

CKD 329  

Songs of Muriel Herbert
Songs of Muriel Herbert
features many premiere recordings of songs by the twentieth century English composer 

CKD 335  

Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 3 sampler
Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 3 sampler
a stunning new collection of demonstration quality tracks that showcase our artists at their best 

AKP 305  

On Wenlock Edge - Ralph Vaughan Williams
On Wenlock Edge - Ralph Vaughan Williams
A stunning collection of songs reminiscent of the idyllic English countryside. 

CKD 296  

Oh Fair To See (songs by Gerald Finzi)
Oh Fair To See (songs by Gerald Finzi)
A beautiful selection of Finzi song cycles with text by Thomas Hardy and other notable English poets 

CKD 253  

James Gilchrist

James Gilchrist began his working life as a doctor, turning to a full-time career in music in 1996.

In 2009 James released "The Songs of Muriel Herbert" which joins his other acclaimed recordings on Linn Records, "Oh Fair To See" and the Classic FM Gramophone Award Finalist "On Wenlock Edge". In October 2010 James' new recording "Leighton 'Earth, Sweet Earth ... (laudes terrae)' & Britten 'Winter Words'" will be released on Linn Records.

James' concert appearances include Damon in Acis and Galatea at the Proms (Academy of Ancient Music/Paul Goodwin), Bach cantatas with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra in their celebrated Bach Pilgrimage (Sir John Eliot Gardiner/Europe - America), Tippett's The Knot Garden (Sir Andrew Davis/BBC Symphony Orchestra), Messiah and Monteverdi Vespers (The Sixteen/Japan), Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance and Ralph in HMS Pinafore (Scottish Chamber Orchestra), the title role in Judas Maccabeus (The King's Consort), Septimius Theodora and Haydn's Nelson Mass for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Israel in Egypt (St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Collegium Vocale Gent and SCO), B Minor Mass (Semyon Bychkov/Turin, at the Bath Festival in Salzburg and with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome), Mozart Requiem (Seattle Symphony Orchestra), L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato and a televised performance of Berlioz L'enfance du Christ at the BBC Proms (Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra),  Alexander's Feast in Salzburg, Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Ton Koopman and the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich, the Evangelist in the Bach/Mendelssohn St Matthew Passion with the OAE, a residency with the Nash Ensemble at Princeton University, Messiah with both the San Francisco and the Detroit Symphony Orchestras, War Requiem and Dream of Gerontius for the Three Choirs Festival, Mozart's C Minor Mass with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich and at the Salzburg Festival, Bach Cantatas with the Bach Collegium Japan,  St Matthew Passion with North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, at Symphony Hall, Boston, at the Royal Festival Hall and with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich, St John Passion with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Britten's Serenade at The Sage, Gateshead, The Seasons with the Handel & Haydn Society under Sir Roger Norrington at the BBC Proms, Pulcinella for Radio Svizzera in Lugano and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, On Wenlock Edge with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Lechmere Owen Wingrave (concert) for CLS at Cadogan Hall, Ugone Flavio for the Academy of Ancient Music in Birmingham and London, Creation at the Frauenkirche, Dresden, at Westminster Cathedral for the Bach Choir and on tour with Herreweghe, The Pilgrim's Progress with Richard Hickox at Sadler's Wells, Handel's Ode for St Cecilia's Day for the SWR in Germany, Oedipus Rex with BBC NOW, War Requiem with the Dresden Philharmonie and with Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Frank Martin's Der Sturm at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Saul (Laeiszhalle, Hamburg), King Arthur with the Concert Spirituel in London, Luxemburg and Paris, Athalia with Concerto Köln in Köln, New York and Paris and On Wenlock Edge with the Endellion String Quartet at the Leeds Lieder Festival. James is a keen exponent of contemporary music and has performed in the world premieres of Knut Nystedt's Apocalypsis Joannis (Oslo Philharmonic), John Tavener's Total Eclipse (Academy of Ancient Music), which was also recorded, and Helen Ottaway's new commission for the Salisbury Festival, The Echoing Green.

As a recitalist, he has appeared with Malcolm Martineau, with Stephen Varcoe and Della Jones at St John's, Smith Square, and with John Constable performing Britten Canticles, Quilter To Julia and Tippett The Heart's Assurance for the BBC.  In his partnership with the pianist Anna Tilbrook, he has performed Schumann Liederkreis (op 24), Finzi Till Earth Outwearsand Poulenc Metamorphoses for BBC Radio 3.  James is also partnered regularly by the harpist Alison Nicholls and recently appeared in recital with the Nash Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall, and at the Bury St Edmunds Festival in a programme featuring a new commission by Alec Roth based on Vikram Seth's ‘All You Who Sleep Tonight'.

Operatic performances include Quint in Britten's Turn of the Screw, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, Scaramuccio in Strauss' Ariadne Auf Naxos (Richard Hickox), Gomatz in Mozart's Zaide (Istanbul), Vaughan Williams' Sir John in Love (Barbican/Radio 3), Hyllus in Handel's Hercules (Berlin), Acis & Galatea at the Berlin Staatsoper, Evandre in Gluck's Alceste at La Monnaie in Brussels and Purcell's King Arthur for Mark Morris at English National Opera.

Amongst his many recordings are title role Albert Herring and Vaughan William's A Poisoned Kiss for Chandos, Bach St Matthew Passion (Gabrieli Consort/McCreesh), Bach St John Passion (New College Choir/Higginbottom), Rachmaninov Vespers (EMI/Kings College, Cambridge), Schütz Sacred Music (The Sixteen/Collins Classics), Rameau Cantatas and St Mark Passion (ASV), Grainger Songs (Chandos), Kuhnau Sacred Music (The King's Consort/Hyperion), Bach Missa Brevis (Collegium Instrumentale Brugense), and Bach Cantatas variously with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, and Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan. 

Other engagements include Haydn Seasons and Creation with the Monteverdi Choir on tour in Europe and the US, Messiah with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Bach Cantatas with NDR Hannover, St Matthew Passion in Koln and Amsterdam, B Minor Mass for the Bach Choir and Mozart Requiem for the Academy of Ancient Music and with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Further engagements include concerts for the Pygmalion Festival and Retrospect Ensemble, Britten Serenade with the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich and Messiah with The Sixteen.


For further information - www.jamesgilchrist.co.uk
Management - Sue Nicholls (sue.nicholls@hazardchase.co.uk)
Hazard Chase Ltd
25 City Road
Cambridge
CB1 1DP

Web: www.hazardchase.co.uk
Tel: 44 (0)1223 312400
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Esther enters UK chart
21 May 2012
at number 7
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James Gilchrist on In Tune...
10 September 2010
The tenor to perform songs from his upcoming album...
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Tune in to 'In Tune'...
21 January 2010
The Fitzwilliams, James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook perform on Radio 3!
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Midem Classical Award nomination
15 January 2010
for 'Songs of Muriel Herbert'
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MusicWeb International Recordings of the Year announced!
10 December 2009
'Songs of Muriel Herbert' - one of the best of 2009
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Claire Tomalin interviewed on BBC Radio 4
27 May 2009
Women's Hour discuss Muriel Herbert
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Pre-order "Songs of Muriel Herbert"
14 May 2009
Disc on sale now
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Muriel Herbert: 'Forgotten Voice'
11 May 2009
Claire Tomalin writes about her mother in The Guardian
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James Gilchrist nominated for esteemed award
29 August 2008
Second award nomination for Linn Records...
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Herald Scotland
'....the immaculate duo of Gilchrist and Tilbrook lavished their profound emotional and psychological acuity in a shattering account of Schumann's tender, heart-rending vision of a poet's life and love


MusicWeb International
'he doesn't just sing; he thinks himself vocally into the meaning of the words'
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Opera News
'Gilchrist's humble, deferential singing makes for a lovely, touching rendition'
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American Record Guide
'His elegant voice is steady and tonally consistent over his entire range; and he uses it with grace, probing skill, and impeccable enunciation.'


BBC Magazine
'an honesty put to the test by the exposed acoustic and a fine artistic imagination are held in a near-perfect equilibrium.'
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'A highly desirable disc.'
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American Record Guide
'Gilchrist’s voice is exquisitely lovely in the style of the English choir tenor, and his singing is supremely evocative.'
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Fanfare
'very fine'
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Fanfare
'[Gilchrist] has a real sense of what the songs are about'
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Pizzicato
A review in German
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International Records Review
'a highly intelligent musical performance'
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'Gilchrist sings wonderfully while pianist Tilbrook is with him every step of the way...This is a terrific production from Linn.'
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The Sunday Times
'Gilchrist is a greatly sensitive interpreter, his tone liquid yet urgent, his diction immaculate and august, his choices admirable.'
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The Guardian
'Gilchrist's rather English sound fits music that was conceived for Pears's equally English style very well, whether in the unbuttoned declarations of love of the Michelangelo songs, or the much darker introspection of the Donne Sonnets.'
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BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
'a two-voices-to-a-part chorus achieves more immediacy than a larger choir, coupled with a stylish and delightfully intimate band.'
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'...the results are very nice indeed...all the soloists are excellent.'
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BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
'We need this thrilling recording...The sound on this is wonderful.'
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AllMusic.com
4 Stars
'majestic choruses'
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
'Hugely recommended in every respect.'
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International Record Review
'...one of the most attractive versions on disc.'
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The Times
4 Stars
'...more than enough to keep us on the edge of our seats.'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'...wonderfully crafted music making.'
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Gramophone
'...Brook's performance of the villain Haman's ‘Turn not, O Queen' transfixes everyone...'
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Gramophone
'Butt's direction combines spontaneous freshness with a care for expressive phrasing and precise colouring.'
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Presto Classical
'The ever-excellent James Gilchrist is at his most mellifluous here...'
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McAlister Matheson Music
'...vibrant performances of the highest quality...'
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Albion Magazine
'...he communicates the pieces with passion and conviction.'
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AudioVideoHD
"...La calidad del sonido de este disco compacto Linn es excepcional"
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Pizzicato
4 Stars
'... ist ein tief berührender Zyklus, zumal er, wie 'Winter Words' imponierend und überzeugend von James Gilchrist gedeutet wird.'
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
"...memorable accounts of Leighton's "cantata" Earth, Sweet Earth and Britten's song cycle..."
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Gramophone
"...outstandingly accomplished..."
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Opus Haute Definition
"...these pages take on a human dimension that is remarkable for its intensity and fervor...[this] perfect sound recording, is a must."
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Opus Haute Definition
"...ces pages prennent une dimension humaine remarquable d’intensité et de ferveur...un incontournable du genre."
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International Record Review
"...two profoundly beautiful twentieth-century English song-cycles performed by James Gilchrist ..."
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MusicWeb International
"James Gilchrist's singing and Anna Tilbrook's piano accompaniments are all that can be wished for."
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
"His enunciation is superb, his melodic phrasing is always wonderfully musical..."
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
"...this SACD is glowingly recommended."
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The Observer
"...this haunting disc provides a fierce elegy to our lost Eden."
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Financial Times
"...alternately visionary and lyrical."
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Klassik.com
'In Großbritannien ist diese CD mit 36 Liedern von Muriel Herbert'
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orpheus
'Everyone's mother wrote songs'. Dieser abschätzige Satz hatte Claire Tomalin fast darauf verzichten lassen'
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MusicWeb International
"This is one of my major musical discoveries of the year. "
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The Land of Lost Content
"This is one of my major musical discoveries of the year."
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Gramophone
"Herbert's music deserves its place alongside the more famous names of the time."
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Classic FM Magazine
5 Stars
"...beautiful songs...Highly recommended."
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International Record Review
"They should appeal to anyone who likes, for instance, the songs of Quilter..."
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Opus Musica
Disco del mes: "Este CD es una auténtica delicia..."
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The Guardian
4 Stars
"...these songs linger in the memory."
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The Observer
"...they grow on you with each listening."
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Sempre Audio
"Ihre feinfühlige, geradezu intuitive musikalische Interpretation der Werke...kommt auf diesem Album überaus eindrucksvoll zur Geltung."
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AudioVideoHD
4½ Stars
"...impecable trabajo. Muy recomendable. "
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Musical Pointers
"This collection is a treasure trove...exceptional."
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AudioVideoHD
4½ Stars
"Por tanto y como ya es habitual en Linn, el sonido es "simplemente perfecto"."
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Opus Musica (Spanish)
Un Cd muy recomendable para aquellos melómanos interesados en la canción de concierto inglesa.
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Pizzicato
Supersonic Award November 2007 - Für mich ist dies eine der schönsten Lied-Platten der letzten Monate!
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Pizzicato (English)
Supersonic Award November 2007 - This singer has something above and beyond others...
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OpusHD.net
'Highly Recommended' from the French website
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Sunday Herald
4 Stars
A performance of 'thoughtful elegance'
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High Fidelity Poland
4 Stars
An excellent review from the Polish audiophile publication
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Independent on Sunday
A beautiful recording of "music alternately windswept and haunted"
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Klassik.com
4 Stars
'James Gilchrist erweist sich wieder einmal als Liedsänger erster Güte.'
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Nottingham Evening Post
4 Stars
Gilchrist's voice is well attuned to this spiritual landscape
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Sunday Telegraph
5 Stars
Five stars for the 'beautifully performed' recording
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Classic FM Magazine
5 Stars
I wish this recording had been around during my formative years, for I'm sure it would have left a lifelong mark.
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Gramophone
...its finest performance on record. Strongly recommended.
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
James Gilchrist's elegant, shapely phrasing soars through it all like a bird.
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AllMusic.com
A performance with "polish, power, and passion"
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Audiophile Audition
James Gilchrist is simply without peer in this music...
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Hi Fi Choice
4½ Stars
...winning, measured performances...
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MusicalPointers.co.uk
...it is hard to imagine a more satisfying performance.
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The Telegraph
CD of the Week!
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The Sunday Times
3 Stars
The songs are beautiful...
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sa-cd.net
5 Stars
Artistically and sonically this is an outstanding issue
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HMV Choice
...immaculate diction and mellifluous vocalism...
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ClassicsToday.com
4½ Stars
"Excellent!"
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The Times Knowledge
4 Stars
'...he has a simple warmth and easy beauty, perfect for these songs of loss.'
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The Observer
CD of the Week: 'This is an excellent collection for lovers of English song.'
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The Times
'...as an interpreter of English song, Gilchrist is often in a class by himself.'
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Atlanta Audio Society
The beauties in this recital are impossible to enumerate in a short review.
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BBC Online
...he breathes life into the music here and throughout this evocative disc.
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Audiophile.No (Norwegian)
4½ Stars
...en nesten magisk vokal strofe...der det er fokusert på en flott bredde og dybde i scenebildet...
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International Record Review
...unfailing pleasure throughout.
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The Guardian
4 Stars
James Gilchrist catches those different emphases superbly
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
a deliciously fresh account
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Klassik.com
4 Stars
'Eine spannende Repertoireerweiterung...'
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This is Oxford
A rare combination of vocal beauty and the intelligence
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Scotland on Sunday
A welcome edition to the English song genre
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Sunday Herald
These are fine performances and a valuable insight into the art of Finzi.
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Northumberland Journal
CD of the Week
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Gramophone
Another singer and pianist fully in tune with the spirit of these elusive songs.
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Outstanding for performance and sound - a Benchmark Recording
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International Record Review
An effective and reflective recording of Finzi
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What's on in London
CD of the Week
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Daily Telegraph
His clear, easily produced voice is a pleasure in itself.
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ClassicalSource.com
A CD of innumerable treasures, one essential for any lover of English song - or of song in general.
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MusicWeb-International.com
Gilchrist's voice is in superb form here
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The Independent
4 Stars
Gilchrist savours his words
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
Pure and penetrating
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The Evening Standard
I have no doubt he would have been a fine doctor, but I'm glad Gilchrist made the career choice he did.
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MusicalPointers.co.uk
A superb and lovely disc
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MusicalPointers.co.uk
'A completely satisfying' live performance
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03 October 2014 to 03 October 2014
England
Hall 1, Kings Place, London England United Kingdom
Recital with Sholto Kynoch

08 October 2014 to 08 October 2014
Africa
Bath Mozart Festival - Bath Abbey, Bath England United Kingdom
Mozart Requiem

10 October 2014 to 10 October 2014
England
The Oxford Lieder Festival, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford England United Kingdom
Recital with Sholto Kynoch

20 October 2014 to 20 October 2014
England
The Oxford Lieder Festival, Holywell Music Room, Oxford England United Kingdom
Recital with Anna Tilbrook and the Schubert Ensemble

03 November 2014 to 03 November 2014
England, London
Wigmore Hall, London England United Kingdom
Recital with Florilegium

05 November 2014 to 05 November 2014
Scotland
Marryat Hall, Dundee Scotland Ubited Kingdom
Recital with Anna Tilbrook

09 November 2014 to 09 November 2014
England
The Lighthouse, Poole England United Kingdom
Britten War Requiem

11 November 2014 to 11 November 2014
England, London
King's College, London England United Kingdom
Recital for Armistice Day

12 November 2014 to 12 November 2014
England
King's College, Cambridge England United Kingdom
Bach Magnificat and Cantatas

27 November 2014 to 27 November 2014
Scotland
Usher Hall, Edinburgh Scotland united Kingdom
Händel Messiah

28 November 2014 to 28 November 2014
Scotland
Aberdeen Music Hall, Aberdeen Scotland United Kingdom
Händel Messiah

29 November 2014 to 29 November 2014
England, London
Cadogan Hall, London England United Kingdom
Händel Messiah

30 November 2014 to 30 November 2014
England, London
Cadogan hall, London England United Kingdom
Britten War Requiem

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014
England
Winchester Cathedral, Winchester England United Kingdom
Händel Messiah

10 December 2014 to 10 December 2014
Europe
Alte Oper, Frankfurt Germany Europe
Bach Weihnachtsoratorium

14 December 2014 to 14 December 2014
Europe
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam Netherlands Europe
Bach Weihnachtsoratorium

16 December 2014 to 16 December 2014
Europe
Meistersingerhalle, Nürnberg Germany Europe
Bach Weihnachtsoratorium

17 December 2014 to 17 December 2014
Europe
Prinzregententheater, München Germnany Europe
Bach Weihnachtsoratorium

19 December 2014 to 19 December 2014
Europe
Michaeliskirche, Schwäbisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg Germany Europe
Bach Weihnachtsoratorium

20 December 2014 to 21 December 2014
Europe
St Gumbertus, Ansbach Germany Europe
Bach Weihnachtsoratorium

22 December 2014 to 22 December 2014
Africa
Konzerthaus, Berlin Germany Europe
Bach Weihnachtsoratorium

15 January 2015 to 15 January 2015
England
New Walk Museum - Lunchtime concert, Leicester England United Kingdom
Recital with Anna Tilbrook

29 January 2015 to 29 January 2015
Wales
Powys Hall Bangor University, Bangor Wales United Kingdom
Recital with Sholto Kynoch

14 February 2015 to 14 February 2015
Europe
Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris France Europe
Händel Hercules

26 February 2015 to 26 February 2015
Europe
Theater an der Wien, Vienna Austria Europe
Händel Hercules

01 March 2015 to 01 March 2015
England
Town Hall, Birmingham England United Kingdom
Händel Hercules

04 March 2015 to 04 March 2015
England, London
Barbican Hall, London England United Kingdom
Händel Hercules