Britten & Finzi Song Cycles

CD cover Vale Rideout Britten and Finzi - on Acis

The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Britten
A Young Man’s Exhortation, Finzi

Vale Ridout, tenor, Caleb Harris, piano

“With absolutely lucid enunciation of words and strong feeling for the texts, his reading grabbed hold of me more than any I’ve heard…These are strong and excellent readings of both cycles.”
American Record Guide


Britten and Finzi: Two of the major 20th century song cycles for tenor, performed by Vale Rideout on this his debut solo recording. Mr. Rideout has won accolades for his “mellifluous” tone and “riveting” stage presence exploring oratorio, concert and opera scores, and bringing them to life. He excels at the fine details of art song, and is right at home with the British masters.


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The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, for voice & piano, Op. 35, Benjamin Britten
1. O my blacke Soule
2. Batter my heart
3. O might those sighes and teares
4. Oh, to vex me
5. What if this present
6. Since she whom I loved
7. At the round earth’s imagined corners
8. Thou hast made me
9. Death, be not proud

A Young Man’s Exhortation, songs for tenor & piano, Op.14, Gerald Finzi
10. A Young Man’s Exhortation
11. Ditty
12. Budmouth Dears
13. Her Temple
14. The Comet at Yell’ham
15. Shortening Days
16. The Sigh
17. Former Beauties
18. Transformations
19. The Dance Continued


Reviews:

“gripping performances…powerful…His beautifully placed voice has substance and warmth; it is both vigorous and sweet…With absolutely lucid enunciation of words and strong feeling for the texts, his reading grabbed hold of me more than any I’ve heard…powerful…exquisite…The contrasting dynamics in his singing of all these songs brings out their drama magisterially.”

“…a fine and discreet reading (of the Finzi) that captures well the bittersweet tone….These are strong and excellent readings of both cycles. Rideout shows virility in the more declamatory Britten songs, and there is a well chosen nostalgic tone in the Finzi songs. A real strength of his singing is a masterly management of dynamic contrasts…”

“Harris holds his own admirably and…deftly…”

R. Moore, American Record Guide, May/June 2016