The captivating counter-tenor voice of Iestyn Davis has already graced several recordings, but this is the first CD on which he performs an entire solo programme and it is a pure delight...He is a major vocal talent that is blossoming gloriously. [Classical CD of the Week, 5 stars] --Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph, 31st July 2010
"One of the most glorious countertenor voices in the world today" --The Independent
...With a counter-tenor voice as firmly expressive and stage-worthy as his, he deserves all his prizes. This live Wigmore Hall recital from June last year doesn t catch all the man s charms: you can t be wickedly funny singing Handel s German Arias. But the memorial pieces by Purcell and Blow are divinely elegiac, and there s always perfect rapport with the virtuoso musicians of Ensemble Guadagni. --Geoff Brown , The Times, 14-20 August 2010
Intimacy and freshness make this a breathtaking performance ... Iestyn Davies and the Ensemble Guadagni engage deeply with the musical dialogue so crucial to these arias ... the disc combines the intensity of live performance with studio-perfect engineering ***** --BBC Music Magazine
"...this is the first CD on which he performs an entire solo programme and it is a pure delight" --Daily Telegraph
Within a year of recording this CD at his first solo recital at Wigmore Hall, Iestyn Davies went onto receive the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artists award. The concert also represented his first collaboration with Ensemble Guadagni, comprising some of the UK's finest period instrument specialists. The recital opens with a triumphant cantata by Buxtehude and, in John Blow s As on his deathbed gasping Strephon lay, includes a piece with satirical overtones - celebrating the final repentance of the Earl of Rochester, a famous libertine. By contrast, Handel s Nine German Arias were written in the 1720s to poems expressing Earthly delight in God by the composer s old friend Barthold Heinrich Brockes.