New album on the horizon for baritone John Chest and pianist Marcelo Amaral

Alpha Classics / Outhere Music will be releasing baritone John Chest and pianist Marcelo Amaral’s new Brahms album ‘Die Schöne Maguelone’ which they’ve presented in concert at the Festival D’Aix-en-Provence and at the Paris Philharmonie.  

The work is representative of the poetic, idealised reinvention of the Middle Ages so characteristic of German romanticism: stories of star-crossed love, that usually end happily… ‘What strikes the listener most of all is the song cycle’s epic scale – it is a veritable pocket opera, supported by pianistic writing of great complexity,’ writes Timothée Picard in the libretto accompanying this disc – which is illustrated by an original design by Maia Flore, a laurate photographer of the HSBC Foundation: her poetic universe has already featured in the preceding number of the series, Black