ALPHA 431 / JOHN CHEST, BARITONE and MARCELO AMARAL, PIANO / 2018 / FRANCE / DIE SCHÖNE MAGELONE, OP. 33 – JOHANNES BRAHMS
American baritone John Chest and Brazilian collaborative pianist Marcelo Amaral have both forged important individual careers in Europe, often collaborating on song recitals when their busy schedules permit it.
Luckily they were able to come together in Paris in May of last year to record this CD in the acoustically-friendly recesses of Temple Saint Marcel.
The multi-tasking producer Franck Jaffrès also took care of the mastering and editing of this lovely album, equipped with insightful liner notes and sensible translations of the songs.
All in all this is an elegantly realized project that thanks to the musicianship of both its interpreters delivers a faithful rendition of Brahms’ telling of the story of the beautiful medieval princess Magelone and the chivalrous Count Peter.
John Chest sings with utmost sensitivity in impeccable German and in a supple lyric baritone voice that serves excellently both the delicacy of Ruhe, Süssliebchen and the heroic Verzweiflung.
Pianist Marcelo Amaral is the perfect partner for this project, commanding great pianistic technique and pliability in his work with Chest.
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