The final volume of Hyperion’s “Strauss: The Complete Songs” is released on 28 July, featuring tenor Nicky Spence, soprano Rebecca Evans, and pianist Roger Vignoles.
Nicky Spence, the recipient of the International Opera Awards for Young Singer of the Year 2015, has been praised for this recording by Gramophone: “Nicky Spence is superb … he deals heroically with Strauss’s more outrageous demands and, perhaps most importantly, he has just the right interpretative keenness and enthusiasm to put a persuasive case for everything he sings here”. Nicky also received praise from The Guardian in their five star review of the recording, describing him as “abundant, soaring and tender”.
An experienced recording artist, Nicky Spence first attracted a long-term recording contract with Universal Classics at a young age and has increasing recognition on stage, radio and television as a presenter and performer alike, having contributed to tours and Platinum Selling disks all over the world. The tenor’s discography include his highly acclaimed 2016 French Song recital disc with Malcolm Martineau entitled Paradis sur Terre (Chandos), which followed their successful debut disc, As You Like It (Resonus Records). Other recording collaborations have included Graham Johnson (Schumann: The Complete Songs Vol. 10 / Hyperion), Britten Songs with Malcolm Martineau (Onyx), Messiaen’s La Mort du Nombre (Stone Records), Wolf Song Series for Oxford Lieder Festival (Stone Records), and a disc of premiere Alun Hoddinott and Jonathan Dove recordings (Naxos).