14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2001
If artistic quality were the sole determinant of a re-issued CD's price, this one would have to have been doubled. Instead, Hyperion have halved it - and what a bargain it is, featuring performances which are the best I have heard on record since those of Peter Pears and the composer himself! The sheer, ear-ravishing mellifluosness of the Michelangelo Sonnetto XXX; the ineffable tenderness of "My Beloved is Mine"; the dry-eyed desolation of "Waly, Waly"; and the rapt beauty of "The Choirmaster's Burial" in the Hardy cycle - the two Johnsons passed every test I could put them to, with flying colours!
So, whether (like me) you've been singing these songs to yourself for years, or have yet to experience Great Britten's miraculous way with words - Winter, or otherwise - get your hands and ears on this superb CD!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2011
This is a superb recording,a perfect performance from both singer and pianist. So emotionally moving, both in the Sonnets and Winter Words. Britten's genius in setting words is exemplified by the 'choirmaster buried without any tune', sung here with such clarity and heart stopping beauty by Anthony Rolfe Johnson. The singer's cry 'how long, how long?' in the last poem is almost unbearable in its intensity. The folk songs are lovely, too.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2010
I agree with everything "a Customer" said in his review. I borrowed this CD from the library several years ago and have never forgotten AR-J's singing, especially of the Michelangelo Sonnets. It is a wonderful bargain at this price.