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Simon Lepper

Simon Lepper

Simon Lepper read music at King's College, Cambridge and studied piano accompaniment with Michael Dussek at the Royal Academy of Music. He is a professor of Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music and an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize.



Alma & Gustav Mahler Lieder
Alma & Gustav Mahler Lieder
Cargill brings her exemplary vocal colours & rich emotional expression to bear in this recital. 

CKD 453  

Simon Lepper - piano 

Simon Lepper read music at King's College, Cambridge and studied piano accompaniment with Michael Dussek at the Royal Academy of Music. He is a professor of Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music and an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize.

He has appeared at major concert venues including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Musee d'orsay, Auditorium du Louvre and Mozarteum, and broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 3. For Wigmore Hall, Lepper devised a concert series based on the songs of Joseph Marx, working with singers Angelika Kirschschlager, Christopher Maltman, Elizabeth Watts and Roderick Williams. He performs regularly with singers including Stéphane Degout, Sally Matthews, Dame Felicity Palmer and Christopher Purves.

Lepper has given concerts throughout the UK with Mark Padmore in programmes including Schumann's Dichterliebe, Beethoven's An die Ferne Geliebte and the Schubert song cycles. International festival appearances have included Verbier, Switzerland; December Nights Festival, Moscow; BBC Proms and Delft Chamber Music Festival.

He has toured with violinist Carolin Widmann to Paris, London, Amsterdam and Madrid. Their recording for ECM, Phantasy of Spring - contemporary works, including Feldman, Zimmerman and Xenakis - received a Diapason d'Or.


For further information - www.simonlepper.com
The Absolute Sound
'...beautifully rendered by mezzo-soprano Cargill and captured by engineer Philip Hobbs with immediacy and a bit of an edge when the vocalist cranks it up.'
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Herald Scotland
Pick of 2014: '...Karen Cargill released a breathtaking album of songs by Gustav and Alma Mahler...'
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Herald Scotland
Top 50 Scottish Albums of 2014: #7 'Scotland's opera superstar mines incredible depth of emotion from these songs, as her mezzo-soprano range is sensitively matched by Simon Lepper's piano accompaniment.'
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Fanfare
'The rising Scottish mezzo possesses a big, beautiful voice, which has the earned almost unanimous praise...Cargill's most heartfelt rendition is of Urlicht...'


Fanfare
'Karen Cargill has one of the creamiest mezzo voices I've heard in a long time...'


Luister
5 Stars
Luister 10: 'Adembenemend.' / 'Breathtaking.'
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Opera News
'Splendid... Her liquid and often sensuous instrument retains a fine sheen throughout the program. There exist many admirable recorded versions of these two cycles; Cargill's have the virtue - rare at this point in recording history - of sounding unlike anybody else's.'
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Fono Forum
,,Für die erste Gruppe von fünf Gesängen setzt sich die schottische Mezzosopranistin Karen Cargill ein, mit textlicher Akkuratesse und erfülltem Ausdruck. Als sensibler Begleiter fungiert Simon Lepper.''
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Opera Magazine NL
'In de Rückert-Lieder laten beide kunstenaars mij naar adem happen, zo geweldig vind ik hun uitvoering.'
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Classical Ear
4 Stars
'In absorbing all the fin de siècle passions of the poets she set Alma displayed a fine gift for lyric line and richly romantic accompaniment which Karen Cargill and Simon Lepper readily seize upon in their penetrating performances...'
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MusicWeb International
'Karen Cargill is an excellent advocate for Alma's songs. Her voice has youthful freshness and her affection for the songs is obvious.'
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Gramophone (High Fidelity)
'This recital of Lieder by Mr & Mrs Mahler sung by Karen Cargill on Linn is a spine-tingling combination of performance and recording quality.'


International Record Review
'Karen Cargill's voice was made for Gustav's music, and we can now determine that it suits Alma's equally well.'
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Pizzicato
'Der Pianist Simon Lepper ist dagegen fantastisch. Sein Klavierspiel ist enorm feinfühlig und er geht das Wagnis ein, surreale Klänge und impressionistische Farben miteinzubringen, was insbesondere den Liedern von Alma Mahler gut tut.'


BBC Music Magazine
'And Karen Cargill's beautifully integrated, smoky mezzo reveals the full stature of these songs [by Alma], just as Simon Lepper relishes their fearless piano writing.'


The Observer
4 Stars
'Karen Cargill, warm, instinctive and golden-voiced, and Simon Lepper are responsive partners...'
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'The surround sound is superb, the singing radiant, and the Mahler versus Mahler side-by-side a wonderful programmatic initiative.'
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Gramophone
'...luxurious radiance...Cargill expressive at every level, while still proudly displaying the full glory of her voice.'
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The Herald Scotland
'Cargill is in sumptuous form, at the top of her game, and never more ravishingly voiced than in these glorious, heart-melting performances...'
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
'...rich and radiant performances by Scots mezzo soprano Karen Cargill and pianist Simon Lepper.'
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The Times
'It's expressive, bold music and Cargill sings it eloquently...'
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BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
'… mezzo Karen Cargill has just the emotional range these songs need, it’s a big voice, and pianist Simon Lepper underlines their passion. I like that they open the recital with Alma Mahler’s Five songs and such flirtatious freshness before the more familiar Gustav Mahler settings.'


All Music
4½ Stars
'Cargill is extraordinary in her control over the scope of these songs, sustaining them over their heavenly length while not breaking them out of their chamber dimensions… A superb job from a singer who is getting her due.'
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SA-CD.net
4½ Stars
'Cargill performs them with great sensitivity and communicates a keen understanding of the texts. She is accompanied beautifully by Simon Lepper whose imaginative playing is ideally matched with Cargill's fine singing.'
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