Ben Johnson (tenor)
James Baillieu (piano)Buy
Ben Johnson (tenor) & James Baillieu (piano)
Audience Prize-winner at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World (2013), accomplished young English tenor Ben Johnson lends his dulcet tones to a programme featuring a bouquet of ballads from the British Isles. This song form enjoyed extraordinary popularity in private homes throughout the Victorian, Edwardian and Modern eras, inspiring generations of talented composers – men and women – to marry words and music in a delightful variety of styles. Presenting the major singers of today and the stars of tomorrow, the Rosenblatt Recitals are London’s only world-class season of opera recitals.
“Tenor Ben Johnson, light-voiced and lyrical, with high notes to make you swoon, and pianist James Baillieu, alert and responsive, are ideal duo partners on this Rosenblatt Recital disc of late Victorian and Edwardian ballads…these songs may veer towards the sentimental but they capture a mood and a moment” The Guardian, 10th January 2016 ****