Click here to see a blog on the "Schumann and the English Romantics" project at BBC music magazine. Following our Wigmore Hall concerts in June (Sally Beamish) and September (Julian Philips) this year, the last in the series will be on the 2nd November 2017, with a new work by Jonathan Dove paired with Schumann's Dichterliebe.
Beamish West Wind Wigmore Hall June 2016
Beamish's attractive work obliquely references Schumann's Liederkreis. The anger of the second stanza was communicated by Gilchrist, as was the languorous Mediterranean setting of the third. He began and ended offstage, suggesting the wind-driven leaves of the first stanza and the famous "trumpet of a prophecy" of the last.
Anna Tilbrook's exceptionally skilled playing complimented Gilchrist's vocal subtlety to perfection. In both this cycle and a Schumann encore, Gilchrist essayed a full range of tone that more than once achieved an expressive result of almost unbearable poignancy. - Barry Millington, Evening Standard
Händel Samson National Cncert Hall, Dublin. Jan 2016
Words seem inadequate in describing tenor James Gilchrist's ethereal interpretation of the title role. With incisive diction, his recitatives and arias are sung with intrinsic feeling and penetrating clarity. His final 'Thus when the sun', is an object lesson in Handel oratorio singing. - Pat O'Kelly Irish Independent
Schumann Song Cycles recording for Linn Records
Tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tilbrook allow each cycle to unfold naturally, minutely adjusting the spaces between certain songs to allow the ear to absorb what it has just heard...If Gilchrist and Tilbrook have waited a long time to record these works, their perspective on Dichterliebe, poignant, reflective and weather-worn, has only deepened - Anna Picard (BBC Music Magazine)
Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte recording for Linn Records
“This is an exceptionally fine performance on the part of both singer and pianist. Anna Tilbrook plays with a touch that seems infallibly to discover the right balances for accompanying figures and melodic strands. For his part, Gilchrist is wonderfully skilful in leading his voice through awkward places and sensitive in the modulation of his tones. He encompasses all moods in Beethoven’s mini-cycle.” – John Steane (Grampohone, 2015)
Dichterliebe, Liederkreis op 39, and op 24
James Gilchrist, Anna Tilbrook