Songs of Travel and Home | Champs Hill Records CHRCD164

Songs of Travel and Home


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Label: Champs Hill Records

Cat No: CHRCD164

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 17th September 2021



Julien Van Mellaerts (baritone)
James Baillieu (piano)
Bryony Gibson-Cornish (viola)
Sofia Castillo (flute)
Raphael Wallfisch (cello)


Bridge, Frank

Songs (3) for voice, viola and piano, H76

Farr, Gareth

Ornithological Anecdotes

Quilter, Roger

English Love Lyrics (5), op.24
» no.3 Go, Lovely Rose
Songs (3), op.3
» no.2 Now sleeps the Crimson Petal

Ravel, Maurice

Chansons madecasses (3)
Don Quichotte a Dulcinee

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Songs of Travel (9)


Julien Van Mellaerts (baritone)
James Baillieu (piano)
Bryony Gibson-Cornish (viola)
Sofia Castillo (flute)
Raphael Wallfisch (cello)


For his debut song disc, baritone Julien Van Mellaerts honours his heritage with a selection of New Zealand, British, and French song, recorded with pianist James Baillieu.

“I wanted to share where I feel connected to and explore the idea of home and identity through song. Having grown up knowing I was from many places, I feel a strong connection to the protagonist in Vaughan Williams / R. L. Stevenson’s Songs of Travel. I am lucky to call so many beautiful places home, and ultimately, that’s how we settled on the title, Songs of Travel and Home.” – Julien Van Mellaerts

This recording features Gareth Farr’s song cycle Ornithological Anecdotes, commissioned by Van Mellaerts, Baillieu and Chamber Music New Zealand. Ornithological Anecdotes sets works by New Zealand's poet laureate Bill Manhire, and is a window into the imagined lives of New Zealand’s vibrant native birds.

Another highlight is Frank Bridge's Three songs for medium voice, viola and piano with fellow New Zealander Bryony Gibson-Cornish, framed by two more of Van Mellaerts’s favourite English songs: Roger Quilter’s Go lovely rose and Now sleeps the crimson petal. Ravel’s exquisite Chansons Madécasses and Don Quichotte à Dulcinée complete the recording.

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