French Connections

French Connections

French Connections
Label(s)
Genre(s)
Classical
Code
CKD 477
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  • Five Poems of W.H. Auden, Op. 53: No. 1, Lauds (Among the leaves the small birds sing)
    Composer(s) Lennox Berkeley
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    02:15
    $2.40
  • Five Poems of W.H. Auden, Op. 53: No. 2, O lurcher-loving collier
    Composer(s) Lennox Berkeley
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    02:29
    $2.40
  • Five Poems of W.H. Auden, Op. 53: No. 3, What’s in your mind, my dove, my coney
    Composer(s) Lennox Berkeley
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    02:42
    $2.40
  • Five Poems of W.H. Auden, Op. 53: No. 4, Eyes look into the well
    Composer(s) Lennox Berkeley
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    02:51
    $2.40
  • Five Poems of W.H. Auden, Op. 53: No. 5, Carry her over the water
    Composer(s) Lennox Berkeley
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    01:41
    $2.40
  • Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 1, Bonne journee j’ai revu qui je n’oublie pas
    Composer(s) Francis Poulenc
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    02:47
    $2.40
  • Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 2, Une ruine coquille vide
    Composer(s) Francis Poulenc
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    02:18
    $2.40
  • Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 3, Le front comme un drapeau perdu
    Composer(s) Francis Poulenc
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    01:05
    $2.40
  • Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 4, Une roulotte couverte en tuiles
    Composer(s) Francis Poulenc
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    01:07
    $2.40
  • Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 5, A toutes brides toi dont le fantome
    Composer(s) Francis Poulenc
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    00:39
    $2.40
  • Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 6, Une herbe pauvre
    Composer(s) Francis Poulenc
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    01:39
    $2.40
  • Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 7, Je n’ai envie que de t’aimer
    Composer(s) Francis Poulenc
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    00:59
    $2.40
  • Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 8, Figure de force brulante et farouche
    Composer(s) Francis Poulenc
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    01:31
    $2.40
  • Tel jour telle nuit, FP 86: No. 9, Nous avons fait la nuit
    Composer(s) Francis Poulenc
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    03:41
    $2.40
  • Fancy
    Composer(s) Francis Poulenc
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

    Fancy

    01:49
    $2.40
  • Fancie
    Composer(s) Benjamin Britten
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

    Fancie

    01:03
    $2.40
  • Friendly Persuasions: No. 1, Wanda Landowska
    Composer(s) Jake Heggie
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

    Friendly Persuasions: No. 1, Wanda Landowska

    02:50
    $2.40
  • Friendly Persuasions: No. 2, Pierre Bernac
    Composer(s) Jake Heggie
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

    Friendly Persuasions: No. 2, Pierre Bernac

    02:11
    $2.40
  • Friendly Persuasions: No. 3, Raymonde Linossier
    Composer(s) Jake Heggie
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

    Friendly Persuasions: No. 3, Raymonde Linossier

    03:50
    $2.40
  • Friendly Persuasions: No. 4, Paul Eluard
    Composer(s) Jake Heggie
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

    Friendly Persuasions: No. 4, Paul Eluard

    02:41
    $2.40
  • Bleuet, FP 102
    Composer(s) Francis Poulenc
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

    Bleuet, FP 102

    03:27
    $2.40
  • The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 1, O my blacke Soule!
    Composer(s) Benjamin Britten
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    03:48
    $2.40
  • The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 2, Batter my heart
    Composer(s) Benjamin Britten
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    01:23
    $2.40
  • The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 3, O might those sighes and teares
    Composer(s) Benjamin Britten
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    03:33
    $2.40
  • The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 4, Oh, to vex me
    Composer(s) Benjamin Britten
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    01:10
    $2.40
  • The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 5, What if this present
    Composer(s) Benjamin Britten
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    03:13
    $2.40
  • The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 6, Since she whom I loved
    Composer(s) Benjamin Britten
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    03:13
    $2.40
  • The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 7, At the round earth’s imagined corners
    Composer(s) Benjamin Britten
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    02:39
    $2.40
  • The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 8, Thou hast made me
    Composer(s) Benjamin Britten
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    01:27
    $2.40
  • The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 9, Death, be not proud
    Composer(s) Benjamin Britten
    Artist(s) John Mark Ainsley: tenor, Malcolm Martineau: piano

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

    03:56
    $2.40

Total running time: 69 minutes.

Album information

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.

The breadth of repertoire 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.