Congratulations to Nicky Spence whose solo recital recording of Janáček’s The diary of one who disappeared with pianist Julius Drake has been named the Sunday Times Classical Album of the Week.
Released on 28 June by Hyperion Records, The Sunday Times has ranked Spence with the likes of Philip Langridge and Ian Bostridge as “one of the foremost non-Czech interpreters of Janacek’s remarkable narrative song cycle.” Fiona Maddocks of The Observer remarks that “for an excellent, up-to-the-minute recording, with Janáček’s music pure and unadulterated, Nicky Spence and Julius Drake’s Hyperion disc is out.”
In addition to the Diary, the release also includes traditional Czech and Moravian nursery rhymes and songs showcasing the “extraordinary talents” of Nicky, soprano Václava Housková and the vocal trio Voice who join him on the disc.
This success is the perfect way for Nicky to begin to draw his season to a close. With over 15 solo recital discs already, his recital appearances this season have included Wigmore Hall, Milton Court, Middle Temple Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Oxford Lieder, Leeds Lieder and Chiltern Arts Festivals, working with Malcolm Martineau, Chris Glynn, Joseph Middleton, Roger Vignoles and Simon Lepper. Reviewing his recital with Malcolm at the Leeds Lieder Festival this April, Hugh Canning described Spence as “a tenor who combines heroic tone and a poetic sensibility that takes the breath away.”
In addition to his prolific recital career, Nicky continues to enjoy great success on the operatic stage. Making a name for himself as a true Janáček interpreter, his credentials include:
Nikita in From the house of the dead – Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opera de Lyon and La Monnaie, Brussels.
Steva in Jenůfa – La Monnaie, Brussels and English National Opera.
Tichon in Katya Kabanova – Seattle Opera and Opera Holland Park, London.
Janek in The Makropoulos Case – Oper Frankfurt.
The diary of one who disappeared is available now. Check here to listen to extracts and purchase your copy.