This recital, presented by Chamber Music New Zealand, comes with the title "Songs of Travel", but there's a strong ornithological theme too.

Julien Van Mellaerts and James Baillieu

Julien Van Mellaerts and James Baillieu Photo: Supplied

New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts joins forces with pianist James Baillieu to present something of a rarity these days – a song recital.

They’ll give us songs by Schubert, Ravel, Vaughan Williams, Sibelius, and also a new song cycle by Gareth Farr set to poems by Bill Manhire: Ornithological Anecdotes.

Julien Van Mellaerts studied at the University of Otago before heading overseas. He’s recently graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School and is developing a nice little career in Britain and Europe. In June 2019, he was one of the 20 competitors in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

James Baillieu is from South Africa. As well as his regular concert performances, he’s a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music and a coach at the Royal Opera House.

Programme:

SCHUBERT: Ganymed; Rastlose Liebe; Erster Verlust; An den Mond; Auf dem See; Erlkönig; Wandrers Nachtlied II; Der Musensohn;
RAVEL: Le paon; Le cygne; La pintade, from Histoires naturelles;
FARR: Ornithological Anecdotes (World Premiere);
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Songs of Travel;
SIBELIUS: Säv, säv, susa; Svarta rosor, from 6 Songs Op 36;
GERSHWIN: The Lorelei, from Pardon My English;
SHERWIN: A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square;
PORTER: The Tale of the Oyster, from Fifty Million Frenchmen;
RODGERS: Some enchanted evening, from South Pacific

Recorded by RNZ in the Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber, Hamilton, 10 April 2019
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay