Siobhan Stagg (soprano), Amir Farid (piano)
Hymne à l’amour is an exquisite collection of art songs sung by soprano Siobhan Stagg and accompanied by Amir Farid. The songs illustrate the frailty of the human condition through flirtation, deep love and heartbreaking truths.
The album's title, Hymne à l'amour, comes from the song by the great French chanteuse, Edith Piaf. This is an exquisite collection of romantic art songs, from beautiful classics by Schubert and Liszt, to a brand new piece composed by one of Siobhan's singing teachers in Melbourne, Dermot Tutty. Siobhan has been singing some of the songs since she was at school in Mildura, while others are recent additions to her repertoire since moving to the UK. All of them contain elements of utter beauty and honesty and special meaning for her.
Composed specifically to highlight the importance of the partnership between singer and pianist, the genre of art song provides an ideal outlet through which to showcase Siobhan and Amir’s individual talents, as well as their artistic warmth as a duo. This is their first studio album together.
Both were first prize winners of the 2012 Mietta Song Competition in separate awards to singer and accompanist.