Visions Illuminées

Soprano Mary Bevan's third recital album, featuring Britten's Les Illuminations and French mélodies.

Mary Bevan expands on the idea of illuminations with this album of French songs, featuring works by composers including Britten, Ravel, Debussy and Fauré. The album centres around Britten’s setting of Rimbaud Les Illuminations, originally written for soprano Sophie Wyss in 1939, but often sung and recorded by tenor. Rimbaud’s poetry has an unusual depth with evocative language, hauntingly beautiful and jarring at times, blurring reality and surrealism.

The album features three world premiere recordings: Charbrier’s lost string orchestra arrangement of Tes Yeux Bleus, Robin Holloway’s new arrangement for piano quintet of Debussy’s Quatre Mélodies de Verlaine, and Augusta Holmés’ arrangement of Sérénades for piano quintet.

Tes Yeux Bleus and Chansons Triste feature in our playlists Weekend Classics and Art Song.

An Old Hall Ladymass

Grammy nominated vocal ensemble Trio Mediæval explore the historically significant 15th century Old Hall Manuscript.

I Hope You Can Forgive Me

Madison McFerrin explores intimate themes on her debut full-length album featuring her father, jazz icon Bobby McFerrin.

An Englishman Abroad

Renowned period ensemble La Serenissima celebrates the life and work of Nicola Matteis the Younger and composers of the Carolean Age.

The Forest in Me

Xylouris White explore Cretan music of original and traditional composition in their fifth album reflecting on isolation and intimate inner emotions.

Forever Means

American singer-songwriter Angel Olsen explores grief and love on her latest EP of songs recorded during her ‘Big Time’ sessions.

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