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Iestyn Davies

Not many artists can say they had to break off their recording sessions in Surrey in order to hot-foot it up to the Royal Albert Hall in London for the Last Night of the Proms! That's exactly what happened this weekend when British counter-tenor Iestyn Davies, who was in the middle of recording a selection of arias from Handel's odes and oratorios, left The Menuhin Hall, part of the Menuhin School, to give a wonderful rendition of the solo from Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.

The sessions, which took place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (with a lot of re-arranging!), included two duets with Vivat stalwart Carolyn Sampson: Welcome as the dawn of day (Solomon) and Who calls my parting soul (Esther). Other arias on this fifth disc from the Vivat label, scheduled for release early next year, include Eternal source of light (Birthday Ode for Queen Anne), Thou shalt bring them in (Israel in Egypt), On the rapid whirlwind's wing (Susanna), Tune your harps (Esther) and O sacred oracles of truth (Belshazzar).

Information: www.vivatmusic.com

Posted: 11 September 2013 by Celia Ballantyne

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