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John Shirley-Quirk CBE (born 28 August 1931) is an English bass-baritone.

John Shirley-Quirk CBE (born 28 August 1931) is an English bass-baritone. He was born in Liverpool, England, and sang in his high school choir. He played the violin and was awarded a scholarship. While studying chemistry and physics at Liverpool University, he studied voice with Austen Carnegie. He was a member of staff at Acton Technical College until 1957 and played a part in events leading to the formation of Brunel University. He was a Vicar Choral at St Paul's Cathedral 1961-62. He made his operatic debut in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1961, was a member of the English Opera Group from 1964 - 1976, and was thus prominent in performing and recording the operatic and vocal works of Benjamin Britten. These included the première performances of Canticle IV: Journey of the Magi and Death in Venice. The latter part was written specially for him, and involves multiple roles as antagonist to the character of Gustav von Aschenbach. In 1977 he created the role of Lev in Sir Michael Tippett's The Ice Break at Covent Garden. He appears regularly with major orchestras and opera companies throughout the world and has a vast discography.

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    Hugo Wolf

    £ 9.99

    Dame Janet Baker needs no introduction. During her illustrious career, which spanned four decades from the 1950s to the 1980s, she was...
  • Quick-View The Dream of Gerontius
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    The Dream of Gerontius

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    Filmed in colour from Canterbury Cathedral in 1968, this DVD represents the only existing film of Sir Adrian Boult conducting The Dream...
  1. Hugo Wolf
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    Hugo Wolf

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    Dame Janet Baker needs no introduction. During her illustrious career, which spanned four decades from the 1950s to the 1980s, she was widely admired throughout the world for her dramatic intensity and musical intelligence. John Shirley-Quirk made his operatic debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1961, and has appeared regularly with all the major orchestras and opera companies through the world. Steuart Bedford is closely associated with the music of Britten and was an Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival between 1974 and 1998. These 46 songs arranged by Steuart Bedford in his own edition show Wolf at his most captivatingly individual, many of them brief fragments of fantasy, which call for the most intense artistry if their point is to be fully made. Dame Janet Baker ranges through all the many emotions inspired by love with searching perception. John Shirley-Quirk has a true understanding of the lyrical impulse that fills... More details

  2. The Dream of Gerontius
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    The Dream of Gerontius

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    Filmed in colour from Canterbury Cathedral in 1968, this DVD represents the only existing film of Sir Adrian Boult conducting The Dream of Gerontius. Sir Adrian Boult championed Elgar’s music throughout his life, following the composer’s prophetic words in a letter to the conductor: ‘I feel that my reputation in the future is safe in your hands’. Featuring a stellar cast of soloists including Dame Janet Baker, this performance is redolent of Sir Adrian Boult’s ‘commendable energy and typical humanity’ (The Gramophone Guide review of Boult’s 1975 studio recording of The Dream of Gerontius). This DVD also features a 60-minute documentary on Sir Adrian Boult produced by the BBC in 1989 to celebrate the centenary of his birth. More details

 

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