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Ashley Riches (baritone) & Emma Abbate (piano)
Former Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artist baritone Ashley Riches, and rising star pianist Emma Abbate, perform a ravishing selection of previously unrecorded Shakespeare Sonnets by Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Composed after his migration to the USA in 1939, these songs contain all the wistful atmsophere of, and his obvious warmth for, his native Florence as well as his life-long obsession with William Shakespeare. Making his solo album debut with this album, Ashley Riches, along with the superbly eloquent pianist Emma Abbate, wonderfully capture the mood of each of Shakespeare's masterpieces in miniature.

'[...] this fine collection of Shakespeare Sonnets is doubly welcome [...] Baritone Ashley Riches is an ideal interpreter of this music, with a richness of timbre and a clarity of enunciation that is absolutely essential. He is sensitively accompanied by Emma Abbate.'
International Record Review

Credits
© 2014 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2014 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10141

Producer & engineer: Michael Ponder
Executive producer & editor: Adam Binks
Cover image: Lonely church (Val d'Orcia, Italy) by michelealfieri - Fotolia.com

'[...] this fine collection of Shakespeare Sonnets is doubly welcome [...] Baritone Ashley Riches is an ideal interpreter of this music, with a richness of timbre and a clarity of enunciation that is absolutely essential. He is sensitively accompanied by Emma Abbate.'
International Record Review

'There is a very good partnership between singer and pianist in these performances, creating an easy and enjoyable listening experience.'
Lark Reviews

'Ashley Riches and Emma Abbate are very fine indeed. Riches produces a lovely flexible yet firm line with gorgeous dark hints in the tone quality. He shapes Castelnuovo-Tedesco's sometimes diffuse vocal lines into things of really expressive beauty. Abbate is equally impressive, highly supportive of Riches in the richly chromatic piano part.'
Planet Hugill

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Shakespeare Sonnets
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Shakespeare Sonnets Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Shakespeare Sonnets

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Shakespeare Sonnets

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