Christopher Maltman and Roger Vignoles
7:30 pm Thursday January 27, 2005

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Winner of the Lieder Prize at the 1997 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Christopher Maltman read biochemistry at Warwick University and studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music.

His concert engagements have included the Philharmonia Orchestra with von Dohnanyi, BBC Symphony Orchestra with John Adams, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Sir Roger Norrington, London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle, Concentus Musicus Vienna with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Dresden Staatskapelle with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Boston Symphony Orchestra with James Conlon and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra with Kurt Masur.

He has recorded the Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music for Decca; Warlock, Holst and Somervell songs for Collins Classics; and he took part in Deutsche Grammophon's complete Beethoven Folk Song project. His recording of Schumann’s Dichterliebe for Hyperion was released to tremendous critical acclaim and he has recently recorded Schumann’s Liederkreis, Op.24, with Graham Johnson, a Debussy album with Malcolm Martineau and a disc of English songs with Roger Vignoles. On film, he has appeared in John Adams’ award-winning The Death of Klinghoffer.

On the opera stage, he has sung Dandini, La Cenerentola (La Monnaie, Brussels), Figaro, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin), Laurent, Therese Raquin (San Diego Opera), Tarquinius, The Rape of Lucretia and Guglielmo Così fan tutte (English National Opera) and the title role in Billy Budd (Welsh National Opera and Seattle Opera). His roles at the Glyndebourne Festival include Ned Keene, Peter Grimes, Sid, Albert Herring and Figaro, Le nozze di Figaro and he recently created the role of Sebastian in the world premiere of Thomas Adès The Tempest at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Future engagements include Tarquinius at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, a return to Glyndebourne as Papageno and to Covent Garden as Guglielmo, Cosi and Nardo, La finta giardiniera.

Christopher Maltman has appeared in recital at the Edinburgh, Brighton, Bath, Buxton, Lichfield, City of London, Harrogate, Arundel and Cheltenham Festivals, at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Gulbenkian in Lisbon, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt and in New York at both Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. He is a regular guest at the Wigmore Hall and the Schubertiade Festival.

The pianist Roger Vignoles is one of Britain's most outstanding musicians. Originally inspired by the playing of Gerald Moore, he decided on leaving University to pursue a career as a piano accompanist, completing his essential training with the distinguished Viennese-born teacher Paul Hamburger.

Since then reviewers worldwide have consistently recognised his distinctive qualities as a player. Among his first partners was the great Swedish soprano Elisabeth Söderström, whom he regularly accompanied throughout the 1970s and 80s. During this period, he also developed particularly fruitful collaborations with Dame Kiri to Kanawa; with Sir Thomas Allen, recording many works including Schumann's Dichterliebe and Schubert's Winterreise; and with Sarah Walker, in a wide repertoire of song, from German Lieder and French Mélodies to cabaret songs by Gershwin, Britten and others.

Recent seasons have included tours with Sylvia McNair, Dame Felicity Lott, Susan Graham, Véronique Gens, Sir Thomas Allen and Joan Rodgers, as well as recitals with Olaf Bär, Kathleen Battle, Brigitte Fassbaender, Bernarda Fink, Christine Schäfer, Thomas Hampson, Lorraine Hunt, Stephan and Christoph Genz, Monica Groop and Sarah Walker, including appearances at the Bath, Cheltenham, Brighton, Aldeburgh, Prague, Schleswig-Holstein, Verbier and Ravinia Festivals. He is also a regular visitor to the Schubertiade in Feldkirch.

In 1997, the Schubert year, he devised and directed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London a week-long series entitled "Landscape into Song", in which his culminating performance of Winterreise with Robert Holl was described by The Times as "one of the most memorable performances of the year." In 1998 he inaugurated the Nagaoka Winter Festival in Japan, giving recitals and masterclasses based on Schubert's Winterreise and has subsequently returned each year as artistic director. Last December he was the subject of BBC Radio 3's Artist in Focus series. In 2001 he took part in the Schumann Festival at the South Bank in London giving recitals Wolfgang Holzmair, Christiane Oelze and Robert Holl and gave staged performances of the complete Britten Canticles in Barcelona with John Mark Ainsley and Michael Chance.

Among his recent recordings, La Belle Epoque with Susan Graham (devoted to the songs of Reynaldo Hahn), Nuits d'Etoiles with Véronique Gens (Fauré, Debussy, Poulenc) and a CD of Strauss, Mahler and Marx with Katarina Karneus all have been nominated for Gramophone awards, while his recording of Beethoven songs with Stephan Genz on Hyperion won the 1999 Award in the Song Category. Future releases include the complete Wolf Mörike-Lieder with Stephan Genz and Canciones Amatorias, a CD of Spanish Songs with Bernarda Fink. His new CD with Lieder by Dvorák (sung by Bernarda Fink) has received many awards.

Future engagements include recitals with Robert Holl, John Mark Ainsley, Michael Chance, Bernarda Fink, Katarina Karneus, Olaf Bar, Miah Persson and Mark Padmore.






We sing to Him
If music be the food of love (3rd version)
Let the dreadful engines of eternal will


Songs of Travel:
1. The Vagabond
2. Let beauty awake
3. The roadside fire
4. Youth and love
5. In dreams
6. The infinite shining heavens
7. Whither must I wander
8. Bright is the ring of words
9. I have trod the upward and the downward slope


Der Erlkönig (Op. 1 No. 3)
Die wandelnde Glocke (Op. 20 No. 3)
Edward (Op. 1 No. 1)
Herr Oluf (Op. 2 No. 2)


Die Geister am Mummelsee
Der Genesene an die Hoffnung
Er ists
Der Tambour

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Christopher Maltman on Hyperion 11 samples from his recordings (Realplayer &/or MP3)




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