PAUL CAREY JONES - ENAID / SONGS OF THE SOUL
“…a coherent set of thought-provoking pieces”
Paul & Llyr
Although they both studied at The Queen’s College, Oxford, Paul Carey Jones and Llyr Williams first met at the Royal Academy of Music, where they began their studies at the same time. They formed a partnership there which is now entering its tenth year. As long ago as 2001 their collaboration was receiving critical attention, the South Wales Argus commenting on their recital at the Lower Machen Festival that year, “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.” As a duo they were members of the late Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now scheme for several years, touring most parts of the United Kingdom and giving nearly a hundred performances together, and they continue to work regularly together as recitalists.
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.
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