Presto Classical has named Jamie Barton and Brian Zeger’s new All Who Wander recording a Finalist for their Presto Discs of 2016 Award! This also means you can save 30% on the recording at PrestoClassical.co.uk through the end of January! As part of their feature, Presto Classical’s Katherine Cooper has a new interview with Jamie Barton about the recording:
Tell us a little about how the concept for this disc came together – did you start with that Romantic idea of the wanderer and build a programme around that, or did you always have a particular cycle in mind for your first solo recital disc and choose the other repertoire to complement it?
When Brian [Zeger, the pianist] and I sat down to decide what would be on this album, he was incredibly open to hearing what composers really struck my ear. I think the first one I felt a strong pull to was Sibelius – I’m simply in love with his vocal writing! The Dvorak Gypsy Songs seemed like a complementing group, and was one I was just beginning to do in recital, so we decided to add those in. Beyond that, we both felt a pull towards doing some lieder, and vacillated between several composers before really deciding on Mahler. For me, it made sense to have Mahler along with these two other composers and groups. The themes of nature and of folk-inspired classical writing in both the Sibelius songs and the Gypsy Songs made it a no-brainer to pull Mahler in. To me, his writing is such an ethereal telling of earthy, folk inspired poems, and I’ve always been a massive fan of his music. Brian agreed, and thus the plan was hatched!…
Read the full interview, and save 30% on All Who Wander through January 30, 2017 at www.prestoclassical.co.uk
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