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Penchant Recordings was set up in response to the many and repeated requests for whole CDs of the soprano Lesley-Jane Rogers to be made available. Although Lesley-Jane may be heard as a soloist on many CDs, she had never before been available on the entirety of a CD. It was Penchant's aim to change this, and to ensure that the voice of Lesley-Jane Rogers is now thus available.


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the soprano sings  Schubert Lieder

[1] Die Vögel [2] Rastlose Liebe [3] Frülingsglaube [4] Seligkeit [5] Abendstern [6] Schäfers Klagelied [7] Der Schmetterling [8] Die junge Nonne [9] Die Forelle [10] Im Abendrot [11] Im Freien [12] Prometheus [13] Der Musensohn [14] Der Tod und das Mädchen [15] Heimliches Lieben [16] Gretchen am Spinnrade [17] An die musik [18] Ständchen [19] Ganymed [20] Die Allmacht [21] Lachen und Weinen [22] Nacht und Träume [23] Heidenröslein


the soprano sings  English Song

[1] Ireland My true love hath my heart [2] Bliss The buckle [3] Moeran Strings in the earth and air [4] Warlock Robin Good-fellow [5] Hopkins A melancholy song [6] Quilter Drooping Wings [7] Thiman The piper pipes a merry tune [8] Bax When I was one-and-twenty [9] Ireland I have twelve oxen [10] Howells On the merry first of May [11] Quilter Love's Philosophy [12] Ross The cherry hung with snow [13] Gibbs The fields are full [14] Phillips Crab-apple [15] Bridge Speak to me, my love! [16] Gibbs Sweet sounds, begone [17] Scott Lullaby [18] Gibbs Why do I love? [19] Parry Three aspects [20] Head Sweet chance [21] Elgar Like to the damask rose [22] Howells King David [23] Walton Rhyme [24] Vaughan Williams The new ghost [25] Britten Let the florid music praise! [26] Gurney Sleep [27] Bridge Love went-a-riding


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About the Artists

Soprano Lesley-Jane Rogers

     Chris and Jane, Bristol, December 2002

Lesley-Jane Rogers

     Chris and Jane at English Song CD recording      

Christopher Ross

Soprano Lesley-Jane Rogers is heralded as one of the most versatile soloists of today, and is renowned for her captivating and evocative performances. An established concert soloist, she specialises in oratorio, solo cantatas, recitals and contemporary music.  She studied singing and piano at the Royal Academy of Music where she won several prizes, and in 2003 was  made an 'Associate' in recognition of her eminence in the profession. Her CDs number several new-music releases for the specialist label Metier, various English composer CDs for the Campion/Cameo label, as well as discs for HyperionToccata Classics, Collins Classics and ASV. She is also in demand as a "vocal concerto" soloist, her affinity with the Strauss Four Last Songs, Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne, Ravel's Shéhérzade, Mozart's Exsultate jubilate and Bach's solo cantata Jauchzett Gott making her a popular choice for this task.

Lesley-Jane Rogers worked regularly with the pianist Christopher Ross until his tragic death from leukaemia in December 2005. They had a certain spark in performance which they delighted in sharing with their audiences, and  it is pleasing therefore that Chris's beautiful playing is preserved for all to hear on these recordings.

Pianist Christopher Ross led an extremely active and varied career: highlights included working with Jose Carreras on several Warner albums, conducting Le Nozze di Figaro in Switzerland, and working with such distinguished artists as Felicity Lott, Jennifer Smith, Tom Allen and Thomas Hampson. As well as recording for BBC Radio 3 and Classic fm, Christopher was no stranger to television, not least in his capacity as the official accompanist to the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. He toured all over the world, particularly with the Mainardi Piano Trio of which he was a founder member. In Britain, he regularly appeared as accompanist at the South Bank, Wigmore Hall and Blackheath Concert Hall, he coached at the Purcell School of Music in London and the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh. He was also in demand as a conductor and made his Royal Albert Hall conducting debut in November 2004.

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