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French Connections

John Mark Ainsley

French Connections

...an expressive performance
CKD 477 (Linn Records)
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Five Poems of W.H. Auden, Op. 53: No. 1, Lauds (Among the leaves the small birds sing)

Five Poems of W.H. Auden, Op. 53: No. 1, Lauds (Among the leaves the small birds sing)

Composer Lennox Berkeley
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
02:15 Play $1.70
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Five Poems of W.H. Auden, Op. 53: No. 2, O lurcher-loving collier

Five Poems of W.H. Auden, Op. 53: No. 2, O lurcher-loving collier

Composer Lennox Berkeley
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
02:29 Play $1.70
3
Five Poems of W.H. Auden, Op. 53: No. 3, What’s in your mind, my dove, my coney

Five Poems of W.H. Auden, Op. 53: No. 3, What’s in your mind, my dove, my coney

Composer Lennox Berkeley
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
02:42 Play $1.70
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Five Poems of W.H. Auden, Op. 53: No. 4, Eyes look into the well

Five Poems of W.H. Auden, Op. 53: No. 4, Eyes look into the well

Composer Lennox Berkeley
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
02:51 Play $1.70
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Five Poems of W.H. Auden, Op. 53: No. 5, Carry her over the water

Five Poems of W.H. Auden, Op. 53: No. 5, Carry her over the water

Composer Lennox Berkeley
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
01:41 Play $1.70
6
Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 1, Bonne journee j’ai revu qui je n’oublie pas

Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 1, Bonne journee j’ai revu qui je n’oublie pas

Composer Francis Poulenc
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
02:47 Play $1.70
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Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 2, Une ruine coquille vide

Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 2, Une ruine coquille vide

Composer Francis Poulenc
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
02:18 Play $1.70
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Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 3, Le front comme un drapeau perdu

Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 3, Le front comme un drapeau perdu

Composer Francis Poulenc
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
01:05 Play $1.70
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Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 4, Une roulotte couverte en tuiles

Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 4, Une roulotte couverte en tuiles

Composer Francis Poulenc
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
01:07 Play $1.70
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Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 5, A toutes brides toi dont le fantome

Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 5, A toutes brides toi dont le fantome

Composer Francis Poulenc
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
00:39 Play $1.70
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Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 6, Une herbe pauvre

Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 6, Une herbe pauvre

Composer Francis Poulenc
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
01:39 Play $1.70
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Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 7, Je n’ai envie que de t’aimer

Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 7, Je n’ai envie que de t’aimer

Composer Francis Poulenc
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
00:59 Play $1.70
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Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 8, Figure de force brulante et farouche

Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 8, Figure de force brulante et farouche

Composer Francis Poulenc
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
01:31 Play $1.70
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Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 9, Nous avons fait la nuit

Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 9, Nous avons fait la nuit

Composer Francis Poulenc
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
03:41 Play $1.70
15
Fancy

Fancy

Composer Francis Poulenc
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
01:49 Play $1.70
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Fancie

Fancie

Composer Benjamin Britten
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
01:03 Play $1.70
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Friendly Persuasions: No. 1, Wanda Landowska

Friendly Persuasions: No. 1, Wanda Landowska

Composer Jake Heggie
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
02:50 Play $1.70
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Friendly Persuasions: No. 2, Pierre Bernac

Friendly Persuasions: No. 2, Pierre Bernac

Composer Jake Heggie
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
02:11 Play $1.70
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Friendly Persuasions: No. 3, Raymonde Linossier

Friendly Persuasions: No. 3, Raymonde Linossier

Composer Jake Heggie
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
03:50 Play $1.70
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Friendly Persuasions: No. 4, Paul Eluard

Friendly Persuasions: No. 4, Paul Eluard

Composer Jake Heggie
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
02:41 Play $1.70
21
Bleuet, FP 102

Bleuet, FP 102

Composer Francis Poulenc
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
03:27 Play $1.70
22
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 1, O my blacke Soule!

The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 1, O my blacke Soule!

Composer Benjamin Britten
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
03:48 Play $1.70
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The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 2, Batter my heart

The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 2, Batter my heart

Composer Benjamin Britten
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
01:23 Play $1.70
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The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 3, O might those sighes and teares

The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 3, O might those sighes and teares

Composer Benjamin Britten
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
03:33 Play $1.70
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The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 4, Oh, to vex me

The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 4, Oh, to vex me

Composer Benjamin Britten
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
01:10 Play $1.70
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The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 5, What if this present

The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 5, What if this present

Composer Benjamin Britten
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
03:13 Play $1.70
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The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 6, Since she whom I loved

The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 6, Since she whom I loved

Composer Benjamin Britten
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
03:13 Play $1.70
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The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 7, At the round earth’s imagined corners

The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 7, At the round earth’s imagined corners

Composer Benjamin Britten
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
02:39 Play $1.70
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The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 8, Thou hast made me

The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 8, Thou hast made me

Composer Benjamin Britten
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
01:27 Play $1.70
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The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 9, Death, be not proud

The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 9, Death, be not proud

Composer Benjamin Britten
Soloist John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano
03:56 Play $1.70
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John Mark Ainsley’s cleverly constructed recital highlights the personal and musical connections of four of the twentieth century’s best song writers: Britten, Poulenc, Heggie and Berkeley.

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John Mark Ainsley

John Mark Ainsley

Tenor John Mark Ainsley's discography covers the baroque and classical repertoire, the German Lied and English song and the American musical.
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Malcolm Martineau

Malcolm Martineau

Recognized as one of the leading accompanists of his generation, Malcolm Martineau has worked with many of the world's greatest singers.
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The breadth of repertoire on French Connections showcases Ainsley's range, expansive vocal colour, expressive voice and exceptional understanding of text. Accompanying Ainsley is Malcolm Martineau, to whom Heggie's Friendly Persuasions is dedicated.

The American composer pays homage to Poulenc with four imaginative songs, each of which recreates in miniature a transformative friendship in Poulenc's life. In 2008 Ainsley and Martineau gave the world premiere performance of Friendly Persuasions at Wigmore Hall, London.

The recital also includes three works by Poulenc: Fancy, Bleuet and Tel jour telle nuit, a beautifully conceived and shaped cycle; considered Poulenc's greatest vocal work it is reminiscent of the great cycles of a century earlier such as Winterreise or Dichterliebe.

Despite French heritage and fluency in the language Berkeley's friendship with Britten led him to set verse by the English poet, W.H. Auden instead. His Five Poems are some of the best of their kind; a cohesive and satisfying collection, Berkeley perfectly captures both the fanciful and reflective elements of Auden's poetry.

Auden in turn re-introduced Britten to the works of John Donne, which Britten went on to set in his Holy Sonnets; darkly moving and highly demanding, they are among his finest work.

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Bay Area Reporter
'Not only does French Connection contain several brilliant song cycles, expertly performed, but it also introduces us to an artistic milieu that dominated Western Europe for over 30 years. Highly recommended.'
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Fanfare
'Everything about this release points to an urgent recommendation.'
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Opera News
'...this new recording is one of the best we have [of Berkeley's Five Poems].'
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BBC Music Magazine
'The music is full of life and colour...'
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Gramophone
'Ainsley is superb in finding and conveying the particular qualities that lend both Berkeley and Poulenc their musical identities...all delivered here beguilingly.'
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Financial Times
4 Stars
'Britten's Holy Sonnets of John Donne go further, lacerating, consoling, intense.'
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