Susan Bullock

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Giacomo Puccini, Guy d' Hardelot, Charles-François Gounod, Franz Lehár, Richard Samuel Hughes, Dilys Elwyn-Edwards, Idris Lewis, Gareth Glyn, John Henry, Giuseppe Verdi, Umberto Giordano, William Davies, Georges Bizet

Label: Sain

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: SCDC2085

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Madama Butterfly Annette Bryn Parri
Giacomo Puccini Composer
Arthur Davies
Because Guy d' Hardelot Composer
Arthur Davies
Annette Bryn Parri
Roméo et Juliette, 'Romeo and Juliet' Charles-François Gounod Composer
Annette Bryn Parri
Arthur Davies
(Das) Land des Lächelns, 'Land of Smiles' Susan Bullock
Arthur Davies
Annette Bryn Parri
Franz Lehár Composer
Arafa Don Richard Samuel Hughes Composer
Arthur Davies
Annette Bryn Parri
(La) Bohème, 'Bohemian Life' Susan Bullock
Giacomo Puccini Composer
Arthur Davies
Annette Bryn Parri
Mae hiraeth yn y môr Annette Bryn Parri
Dilys Elwyn-Edwards Composer
Arthur Davies
Bugail Aberdyfi Idris Lewis Composer
Arthur Davies
Annette Bryn Parri
Gwynt yr haf Gareth Glyn Composer
Annette Bryn Parri
Susan Bullock
Arthur Davies
Galwad y Tywysog Arthur Davies
John Henry Composer
Annette Bryn Parri
(La) traviata Susan Bullock
Arthur Davies
Giuseppe Verdi Composer
Annette Bryn Parri
Fedora Umberto Giordano Composer
Annette Bryn Parri
Arthur Davies
O! Na byddai'n haf o hyd Annette Bryn Parri
William Davies Composer
Arthur Davies
Carmen Annette Bryn Parri
Arthur Davies
Georges Bizet Composer

Composer or Director: Georges Bizet, Giacomo Puccini, Traditional, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Evan Thomas Davies, Antonín Dvořák, Benjamin Britten, Leonard Bernstein, Gareth Glyn, Stephen (Joshua) Sondheim

Label: Sain

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: SCDC2070

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Carmen Georges Bizet Composer
Susan Bullock
Annette Bryn Parri
Arthur Davies
Madama Butterfly Susan Bullock
Giacomo Puccini Composer
Arthur Davies
Annette Bryn Parri
Suo Gan Traditional Composer
Annette Bryn Parri
Susan Bullock
(Le) nozze di Figaro, '(The) Marriage of Figaro' Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Composer
Annette Bryn Parri
Susan Bullock
Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn, 'Watching the White Wheat Annette Bryn Parri
Susan Bullock
Traditional Composer
Ynys y Plant, 'Children's Island' Annette Bryn Parri
Susan Bullock
Evan Thomas Davies Composer
Rusalka Susan Bullock
Annette Bryn Parri
Antonín Dvořák Composer
Madama Butterfly Arthur Davies
Giacomo Puccini Composer
Susan Bullock
Annette Bryn Parri
Folk Song Arrangements Susan Bullock
Benjamin Britten Composer
Annette Bryn Parri
West Side Story Annette Bryn Parri
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Susan Bullock
Arthur Davies
Gwynt yr haf Arthur Davies
Susan Bullock
Annette Bryn Parri
Gareth Glyn Composer
Follies Stephen (Joshua) Sondheim Composer
Annette Bryn Parri
Susan Bullock
Endearingly old-fashioned, these recitals mix songs and operatic arias indiscriminately, and present both with piano accompaniment. A pleasant change: you can listen to the singers, both of whom are well worth the hearing. Susan Bullock was a Ferrier Prize-winner in 1984, joined ENO the next year, and has since, at home and abroad, sung in a wide variety of roles, most notably Butterfly, Jenufa and (this year at Glyndebourne) Lisa in The Queen of Spades. Arthur Davies has for some 20 years or more been our principal lyrical tenor, and if this is his first solo recital record then that is a scandal. Annette Bryn Parri plays for both singers, and very well too, even in the Puccini numbers which don't really 'go' on the piano – though in many a concert-hall and musical evening at home they have 'gone' quite acceptably a great many times over the years.
Susan Bullock has a fine natural lyric soprano voice that has kept its purity pretty well (a little wear appears on the surface in the louder, higher passages). She sings with apparent affection, as we find from the start in Rusalka's song to the moon. She makes a lovely Micaela to Davies's sensitive Don Jose, and sustains her line beautifully in the 'Dove sono' melody. He gives a fine account of the Flower Song, refined at the points (start and finish) where refinement is most in need, shaping his phrases well, and appealing with sincerity. There are many fine things here, but the voice has grown weightier since his best 'Heddle Nash' days when nobody bothered to record him. He still passes the formidable test of Romeo's cavatina with credit; but I'd love to have a record of him singing it ten years ago.
Both recitals include half a dozen or so Welsh songs, and are clearly aimed at Welsh listeners. They are of course famous for belonging to a musical nation, and perhaps need no help from synopsis, text or translation over the operatic excerpts in French, Italian or Czech. Anyway, they get none. And the rest of us get very little help over the Welsh songs. At least in the soprano's recital there is a translation of the titles; in the tenor's, not even that. A phone-call to Cardiff enables me to supply them: Arafa Don means ''Slow down, wave'', Bugail Aberdyfi is ''The Shepherd of Aberdovey'', Galwad y Tywysog ''The call of the Prince'', and Mae hiraeth yn y mor ''There is yearning in the sea''. It would have been quite easy, then, for Sain to have afforded at least this much enlightenment (like those Latin 'unseens' that had the title in English and left you to guess at the rest). In O! Na byddai'n haf o hyd I am told there is a misprint, and that the third word should be ''fyddai'' (''Oh, that it were always summer!''). Both records end with the same duet, Gwynt yr haf, which the Susan Bullock disc renders as ''The Summer Wind''. Orchestra and bathroom resonance are added to this. It seems mildly deplorable on first acquaintance, totally regrettable on second.'

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