Paul Carey Jones & Llyr Williams

Review of the CD from Musical Pointers website -

“This CD (ENAID – Songs of the Soul) brings together one of the foremost young pianists of his generation with a young baritone making his recording debut. In fact it’s a musical alliance of some ten years standing, since they enrolled for study at the Royal Academy of Music at the same time, and have given numerous concerts together.

It’s quite clear that this is not one of those recordings where performers have got together on the day and worked their way quickly through repertoire chosen for them by others. It is a true collaborative venture, the result of a week of sessions in which they “approached the pieces with open minds” aiming at a “spirit of adventurous dialogue”.

The result is a sequence of particularly interesting and thought provoking texts*, which link together very neatly. The musical settings range from “classic” lieder by Schubert and Brahms, to contemporary songs by Mervyn Burtch, with British and Welsh 20th century composers being well represented along the way.
Paul Carey Jones has the sort of voice I could listen to all day, and his diction and timing are exemplary. Llyr Williams clearly demonstrates why he is fast becoming one of our most sought-after accompanists. Together they give each song full regard, balancing words and music in performances of character, depth and great sincerity.
Serena Fenwick”

Er i’r ddau fynychu Coleg y Frenhines yn Rhydychen, yn yr Academi Gerdd Frenhinol y gwnaethon nhw gwrdd. Dechreuodd y ddau astudio yno yr un pryd, gan ffurfio partneriaeth sydd bellach yn ddeng mlwydd oed. Cyn belled yn ôl â 2001, tynnodd eu perfformiad yng Ngwyl Machen sylw’r South Wales Argus -

“A candlelit song recital on Saturday might just prove to have been the festival’s most magical event … Jones’ baritone is almost in the Fischer-Dieskau mould: light and airy but with striking depth for the graver songs. Pianist Williams is simply a talent of enormous potential, much of it already realised. Singer-keyboard duos don’t always click. This one seems capable of renewal and consolidation.”

Fel deuawd, roedden nhw hefyd yn aelodau o gynllun Cerdd Byw Nawr y diweddar Yehudi Menuhin am sawl blwyddyn, gan deithio i bob cwr o wledydd Prydain, a rhoi bron i gant o gyngherddau ar y cyd, ac maent yn parhau i gydweithio yn rheolaidd fel perfformwyr.

£2.99 - £9.99

Sain SCD2537

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