Jamie Barton: All Who Wander

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Antonín Dvořák, Jean Sibelius, Gustav Mahler

Genre:

Vocal

Label: Delos

Media Format: CD or Download

Media Runtime: 60

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: DE3494

DE3494. Jamie Barton: All Who Wander

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
(5) Rückert-Lieder Gustav Mahler, Composer
Brian Zeger, Piano
Gustav Mahler, Composer
Jamie Barton, Mezzo soprano
Lieder und Gesänge, Movement: No. 7, Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Wald (wds. Das Knaben Wunderhorn) Gustav Mahler, Composer
Brian Zeger, Piano
Gustav Mahler, Composer
Jamie Barton, Mezzo soprano
Lieder und Gesänge, Movement: No. 2, Erinnerung (wds. Leander) Gustav Mahler, Composer
Brian Zeger, Piano
Gustav Mahler, Composer
Jamie Barton, Mezzo soprano
Lieder und Gesänge, Movement: No. 12, Scheiden und Meiden (wds. Des knaben Wunderhorn) Gustav Mahler, Composer
Brian Zeger, Piano
Gustav Mahler, Composer
Jamie Barton, Mezzo soprano
(7) Gipsy Melodies, 'Zigeunerlieder' Antonín Dvořák, Composer
Antonín Dvořák, Composer
Brian Zeger, Piano
Jamie Barton, Mezzo soprano
(6) Songs, Movement: No. 1, Black roses (wds. Josephson) Jean Sibelius, Composer
Brian Zeger, Piano
Jamie Barton, Mezzo soprano
Jean Sibelius, Composer
(6) Songs, Movement: No. 4, Sigh, sedges, sigh (wds. Fröding) Jean Sibelius, Composer
Brian Zeger, Piano
Jamie Barton, Mezzo soprano
Jean Sibelius, Composer
(5) Songs, Movement: No. 5, Flickan kom från sin älsklings möte (The maiden's tryst) (wds. Runeberg) Jean Sibelius, Composer
Brian Zeger, Piano
Jamie Barton, Mezzo soprano
Jean Sibelius, Composer
(6) Songs, Movement: The kiss (wds. Rydberg: 1915) Jean Sibelius, Composer
Brian Zeger, Piano
Jamie Barton, Mezzo soprano
Jean Sibelius, Composer
(6) Songs, Movement: No. 5, March song (wds. Wecksell) Jean Sibelius, Composer
Brian Zeger, Piano
Jamie Barton, Mezzo soprano
Jean Sibelius, Composer
(5) Songs, Movement: No. 4, Var det en dröm? (Was it a dream?) (wds. Wecksell) Jean Sibelius, Composer
Brian Zeger, Piano
Jamie Barton, Mezzo soprano
Jean Sibelius, Composer
Anyone who watched Jamie Barton sail serenely to victory at 2013’s Cardiff Singer of the World competition will know what a fine singer she is. This debut recital from Delos only underlines the fact. The voice is rich, generous and vibrant, big but beautifully controlled, impeccably smooth throughout its range. It’s the sort of instrument you could listen to all day, in any sort of repertoire. She’s an intelligent, sensitive musician too, and evidently a good programme-builder, here offering Dvo∑ák and Sibelius to complement her Mahler.

It’s all extremely impressive, even if in her Mahler she doesn’t quite offer the interpretative complexity one hears elsewhere in the catalogue. As she continues along her career she’ll no doubt find more depth in ‘Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen’, for example, and she slightly overdoes, to my ear, the repeated ‘cht’ sounds in ‘Um Mitternacht’. But as singing it’s beyond reproach (she tosses off the repeated ‘Ades’ in ‘Scheiden und Meiden’ with Valkyrian confidence), and with each listen I grew more and more to appreciate her straight-down-the-line interpretative approach.

Her Gypsy Songs are big and generous, backed up by lively, rich and resonant accompaniments from Brian Zeger. The disc’s highlight, though, is the Sibelius, in which the mezzo pours her heart into grand, soaring accounts of some of the composer’s most seductive songs. The first pair from Op 36 are magnificent, but then the amplitude and tonal generosity Barton unleashes in ‘Flicksan kom’, including a fearsome chest voice in the final bars, and the concluding ‘Var det en dröm’ are overwhelming. This really is an exciting talent, and a terrific disc.

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