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Following critically acclaimed Glyndebourne performances in Michael Grandage’s Billy Budd and Brett Dean’s Hamlet, Jacques Imbrailo has established himself as one of the most exciting young baritones on the world stage. His debut solo recital for Linn sees him perform with fellow Prince Consort alumni, Alisdair Hogarth, in a mouth-watering programme of Sibelius and Rachmaninov songs. Among the selection is In the silence of the mysterious night, one of Rachmaninov’s best-loved songs and one of the composer’s greatest achievements in this genre. Rachmaninov’s trademark melodicism is met with a perfect partner in Imbrailo’s lyric baritone, whilst his expressive and highly intricate accompaniments find a worthy partner in Hogarth. Providing a welcome contrast to the intensity of Rachmaninov is the Nordic sentimentality that Sibelius brings to his highly romantic songs. The pearl of the Opus 37 collection is Was it a dream?, which the composer himself described as ‘my most beautiful song’. Together the duo perfectly communicates the passions and anxieties of a poet’s lost love; the rich tone of Imbrailo’s final note provides an immensely satisfying close.

"4* - Baritone Jacques Imbrailo and pianist Alisdair Hogarth highlight the similarities and contrasts in this delightfully nuanced recording."
The Scotsman, 24 May 2018
"The programme...allows the South African baritone Imbrailo to show the full range of his considerable power and compass."
The Sunday Times, 3 June 2018
"...favourite songs that everybody loves and that reveal that here is a singer with true insight in this music. A wholly delightful recital."
MusicWeb International, 12 July 2018
"...this is an attractive recital...Recommended, perhaps, as a sampling of the most familiar songs by these two very different composers."
Fanfare, 10 November 2018
"Imbrailo makes a commendable impression in this his first recording for Linn...Hogarth’s commendable collaboration sensitively captures the quiet inner expression of feeling."
American Record Guide, 22 August 2018
"Performance 5* / Recording 4* - For his first solo recital he chooses an appropriately bold programme, more subtly linked than it might seem...Altogether this is a distinguished recital debut, and one looks forward to more."
BBC Music Magazine, September 2018
"...a deeply satisfying two-part recital...Imbrailo is an excellent guide throughout. The singing is technically impressive and the voice is youthful and focused."
Gramophone, September 2018