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Love's Minstrels

Philippe Sly, Michael McMahon

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1
Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
Healey Willan; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
2:36
2
Ae Fond Kiss
Healey Willan; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
3:21
3
Londonderry Air
Healey Willan; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
3:27
4
Loch Lomond
Healey Willan; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
3:09
Three Masefield Ballads  
5
Sea Fever
John Ireland; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
2:13
6
The Bells of San Marie
John Ireland; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
2:33
7
The Vagabond
John Ireland; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
1:55
Five Shakespeare Songs  
8
Fear No More the Heat O’ the Sun
Roger Quilter; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
3:08
9
Under the Greenwood Tree
Roger Quilter; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
1:06
10
It Was a Lover and His Lass
Roger Quilter; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
2:27
11
Take, O Take Those Lips Away
Roger Quilter; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
1:30
12
Hey, Ho, the Wind and the Rain
Roger Quilter; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
1:43
The House of Life  
13
Love-Sight
Ralph Vaughan William; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
4:43
14
Silent Noon
Ralph Vaughan William; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
3:51
15
Love’s Minstrels
Ralph Vaughan William; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
5:25
16
Heart’s Haven
Ralph Vaughan William; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
2:52
17
Death-in-Love
Ralph Vaughan William; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
4:21
18
Love’s Last Gift
Ralph Vaughan William; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
3:58
Vedic Hymns  
19
Ushas (Dawn)
Gustav Holst; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
3:01
20
Varuna I (Sky)
Gustav Holst; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
3:13
21
Maruts (Stormclouds)
Gustav Holst; Philippe Sly; Michael McMahon
1:48
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    62:20
"... his warm voice dips with a hushed sensitivity ... this remarkable ability to bring meaning and emotion to the text has led to so much success for the bass-baritone ..."
- CBC

French-Canadian bass-baritone Philippe Sly has gained international notoriety for his “beautiful, blooming tone and magnetic stage presence” (San Francisco Chronicle). Sly was the first prize winner of the prestigious 2012 Montréal International Music Competition and a grand prize winner of the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, singing the varied repertoire of Mozart, Bach, Handel, Stravinsky and Wagner. Sly was also named Révélation Radio-Canada 2012-2013 in classical music. On 2014's Love Minstrels, Sly is accompanied by his frequent recital partner, renowned pianist Michael McMahon, performing English music from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The pair brings to life melodies by Healey Willan, John Ireland, Roger Quilter, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst.

"The turn of the century was a period of great experimentation where inspiration was drawn from such varying sources as Vedic Sanskrit, mythology, folk song, the industrial revolution and Shakespeare. Though these topics seem distant, they all form an immediate response to a changing world."
- Philippe Sly
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Analekta Studio Masters

This recording was made at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall in September 2013.

Producer, Sound Engineer; Mix and Mastering: Carl Talbot, Productions Musicom
Assistant Recording Engineer: Christopher Johns
Editing: Jeremy Tusz
Piano Technician: Serge Harel

Executive Producer, Artistic Director: François Mario Labbé
Production Director: Julie M. Fournier
Production Assistant: Kathleen Désilets
Translation and proofreading: Rédaction LYRE
Cover and back picture: © Katya Konioukhova
Photo Philippe Sly: © Adam Scotti
Photo Michael McMahon: © Michael Slobodian
Graphic Design and Production: Pyrograf

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