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Paul Austin Kelly:
20th Century English Art Songs: Britten & Quilter
20 CENTURY ENGLISH ART SONGS coverPaul Austin Kelly is one of the most dazzling young lyric tenors appearing before the public today, bringing "all the musicality one could wish" to his performances in opera and on the concert stage (Opera International).  This musicality, combined with a beautiful lyric voice, has garnered him continuous popular and critical acclaim.  Of his Count Almaviva, the Daily News declared "His tenor is most attractive, and he showed an especially easy top register and command of fioratura.  Also, he was riotously funny when disguised either as a drunken soldier or a bogus music teacher."

Mr Kelly first made waves in the recording world singing the role of Jesus in John Knowles Paine's St Peter: An Oratorio (conducted by Gunther Schuller and released by GM Recordings in 1989), a performance described by American Music as "excellent ... giving weight to important words while keeping Paine's grande ligne going in long arches." 

Now hear him in his solo recording debut, accompanied by the renowned pianist and conductor Michael Recchiuti, in a recital of songs by Benjamin Britten and Roger Quilter.  This CD includes Britten's The Holy Sonnets of John Donne and On This Island, plus Roger Quilter's Seven Elizabethan Lyrics and To Julia (26 songs in all!).  Experience the emergence and inevitable ascendance of a voice of our times.

"...all the musicality one could wish." Opera International

"Matinee-idol presence, as well as a beautiful lyric voice."
Opera News

Long out of print, now available for downloads on iTunes

(also on Amazon, Rhapsody, eMusic and other digital sites)

      
PERFORMERS
Paul Austin Kelly, tenorMichael Recchiuti, piano
   
PROGRAM
Benjamin Britten: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne
1.    O My Blacke Soule 3:25
2.    Batter My Heart 1:16
3. O Might Those Sighs and Teares 3:30
4. Oh, To Vex Me 1:02
5. What If This Present 2:50
6. Since She Whom I Loved 3:42
7. At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners 3:02
8. Thou Hast Made Me 1:22
9. Death, Be Not Proud 4:15
  
Benjamin Britten: On This Island
10. Let the Florid Music Praise! 4:01
11. Now the Leaves Are Falling Fast 2:18
12. Seascape 2:11
13. Nocturne 3:56
14. As It Is, Plenty 1:32
  
Roger Quilter: Seven Elizabethan Lyrics
15. Weep You No More 2:25
16. My Life's Delight 1:37
17. Damask Roses 1:36
18. The Faithless Shepardess 1:48
19. Brown Is My Love 1:36
20. By a Fountainside 3:14
21. Fair House of Joy 2:04
  
Roger Quilter: To Julia
22. Prelude 0:46
23. The Bracelet 2:04
24. The Maiden Blush 2:04
25. To Daisies 2:14
26. The Night Piece 1:43
27. Julia's Hair 2:11
28. Interlude 0:25
29. Cherry Ripe 2:40
Total time: 1:08:48
     
Recorded on 17-18 May 1993 at the Campion Center in Weston, Massachusetts.
  
Produced by Gunther Schuller
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