Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Vagabond

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Vagabond Review

by Stephen Eddins

New Zealander Teddy Tahu Rhodes is one of the most prominent lyric baritones to have established a place on the international operatic stage in the first decade of the 21st century. This collection of late Romantic and early modern British song cycles seems like it would be an ideal repertoire for the singer. Rhodes has a pleasant, warm voice that he deploys with a variety of colors, and his top is resonant and ringing. These are very fine performances and are likely to appeal to fans of operatic bel canto singing. Material as folk-like as most of this is, though, is most effective when it is presented with more of a degree of artlessness, and Rhodes tends to over-sing, treating it operatically. It sounds too scrupulously and studiously thought-out and executed and misses the unmannered spontaneity needed to put the music across with the most emotional and visceral impact. Rhodes' approach is most successful in the Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel, whose vocal lines are closer to the classical than to the folk tradition. It's in the same songs that accompanist pianist Sharolyn Kimmorley is most persuasive. Her detachment in the very simple Britten folk song settings, either sentimental or broadly humorous, seems out of place, but in the songs by Ireland, Quilter, and Finzi, she generally catches the right tone. ABC's sound is clean, present, and well-balanced.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 02:30 Amazon
2 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 02:56 Amazon
3 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 02:24 Amazon
Shakespeare Songs (3) for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 6
4 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 03:01 Amazon
5 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 01:27 Amazon
6 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 02:21 Amazon
Let Us Garlands Bring, song cycle for voice & piano (or string orchestra), Op. 18
7 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 03:35 Amazon
8 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 01:26 Amazon
9 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 06:25 Amazon
10 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 01:51 Amazon
11 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 02:30 Amazon
12 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 02:17 Amazon
13 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 01:42 Amazon
14 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 04:17 Amazon
Songs of Travel, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
15 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 02:57 Amazon
16 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 01:40 Amazon
17 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 02:15 Amazon
18 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 03:38 Amazon
19 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 02:33 Amazon
20 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 02:23 Amazon
21 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 03:24 Amazon
22 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 01:41 Amazon
23 Sharolyn Kimmorley / Teddy Tahu Rhodes 01:53 Amazon
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