Sunday, June 26, 2011

Delius Songbook - Volume 1: Now Available

Stone Records' The Complete Delius Songbook - Volume 1 will be released in the UK on July 18 and is available now on the Stone Records website at this link.

This is the first CD in a two-disc series that will comprise the first ever complete recording of the songs of Frederick Delius (1862-1934) for voice and piano.

Featuring baritone Mark Stone and Stephen Barlow on piano. Produced in association with 217 Records and supported by the Delius Society and the Ireland Trust, the series is being released in time for the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

This first volume, which includes five première recordings, features all Delius’ songs to English and Norwegian texts, the latter being sung in English translation. Delius was fascinated and heavily influenced by Norwegian culture, as is evidenced by the large number of Norwegian poems he chose to set, including the ever popular songs Twilight Fancies and Young Venevil. His English songs are equally as beautiful, although in a very different style; for each country, Delius seemed to adopt a distinct musical language.

The disc’s booklet contains the full texts, together with the original Norwegian poetry and extensive notes for each song. This disc is the result of a long period of research and preparation and is an important first for Delius enthusiasts and a must-hear for anyone interested in English song.

More about Stephen Barlow and Mark Stone: Stone is critically acclaimed for his performances on stage and in concert and his forthcoming engagements include debuts at La Scala, Oper Köln and Deutsche Oper, Berlin as well as return visits to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and The Opera Company of Philadelphia. In recital with Barlow, he has been described as "a baritone of extraordinary elegance and unforced expressiveness...versatile in his response to the varying stylistic demands” with Barlow “accompanying his voice with a genuine feeling for tone-colour and shape".

Available on CD and digital download.

Click here to hear an excerpt.

July 7: John Marin Documentary by 217 Films to air on MPBN TV

Every week the MPBN Community Films series brings viewers independently produced films that showcase diverse people, places and topics of Maine. In July, 217 Films' "John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!" is one of the featured films on the television stations of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

July 7
"John Marin: Let the Paint Be Paint!"
This film tells the story of one of the most important artistic figures of the first half of the 20th century, and the undisputed father of American Modernism. Utilizing more than 70 of Marin’s paintings, drawings, and etchings, including those in private collections seldom seen anywhere, filmmaker Michael Maglaras tells the story of Marin's life, from his beginnings in New Jersey, and his early experiments in watercolor, to his days at Cape Split in Down East Maine, where, with his late oils, he established himself as one of the preeminent masters of American art. Written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras of 217 Films. 2009. Not rated. 95 minutes.

To purchase a video visit this link.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Delius Songbook - Volume 1: Coming in July

Stone Records presents:

To Daffodils
Music by Frederick Delius
Words by Robert Herrick
Mark Stone - Baritone
Stephen Barlow - Piano

From the CD The Complete Delius Songbook - Volume 1 which will be released this July by Stone Records. Michael Maglaras of 217 Records is executive producer.

This is the first CD in a two-disc series that will comprise the first complete recording of the songs of Frederick Delius. Read the Bloomberg article at this link.