[ Hyperion / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 28 June 2019
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Like many of Janácek's late masterpieces, the genesis of the 'Diary' is unseparable from its composer's intense, obsessional love for Kamila Stösslová. A song-cycle like no other, here it's the main work in a recital which showcases the extraordinary talents of Nicky Spence, Václava Housková and the vocal trio Voice.
"Not only does Spence's voice offer a rare mix of steely strength and velvety tenderness but his bright, vibrant timbre communicates a touching, wide-eyed sense of ardent longing, tinged with melancholy...[Drake] conjures up the cycle's sound world superbly from the start…As persuasive an introduction to Janáček's songs as you'll find." - Recording of the Month Gramophone Magazine August 2019
Spence is prized for his operatic Janáček roles and delivers a wide variety of tone, while Drake adds quasi-orchestral drama to the piano part. The makeweight works are welcome, revealing the composer's roots in Czech and Moravian tradition. - Sunday Times
"This excellently recorded performance is strikingly direct. The ebb and flow of the drama is brilliantly captured. Nicky Spence's tenor is flexible across a huge range…Drake's accompaniment is always alive to the operatic nuance of the work…This is a magnificent realisation of a viscerally rewarding work." BBC Music Award WINNERt 2020 - Vocal
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