These historic recordings of the great Canadian tenor, Jon Vickers, were made at the end of his career in the late 1980s. With the exception of Glick’s Two Landscapes, all of the repertoire was recorded at Vickers’ country home, Spruce Winds, in Southern Ontario.
Given that Vickers’ career was most notable for his dynamic opera roles and performances, it is perhaps a cherished rarity and valuable asset to both Vickers fans and our country’s musical heritage to have this recorded recital of art songs by some of Canada’s foremost composers.
« Never primarily a recitalist, Vickers nevertheless relished challenges and… recorded one of the most valuable Canadian song anthologies on disc. »
– William Littler, The Toronto Star
« The sound is close and natural… This is the only recording of any of these songs in the catalog. »
– Stalker, American Record Review
« Both for the music, which is all good to terrific, and for its significance as a rare example of Vickers in recital, this is a treasurable disc. »
– John Story, Fanfare
You can learn more about Vickers here
SRUL IRVING GLICK
1-2. Two Landscapes
3-5. Three Songs to Words by Walt Whitman
6-11. Six Mediaeval Love Songs
12-13. Folk Songs of Eastern Canada
14-18. Five Lyrics of the T’ang Dynasty
19-22. Speaking from the Snow
23. Piping Down the Valleys Wild
24. Love the Jocund Dance
25. Land of Dreams
This album was nominated for a 1986 JUNO Award.
Cet album a été nominée pour un 1986 JUNO.
Jon Vickers, tenor / ténor
Richard Woitach, piano