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5.0 out of 5 stars An elegant interpretation of Purcell
I cannot understand why the name of Gérard Lesne is not bandied around more often. He is surely one of the greatest countertenors of our time, up there with the likes of Scholl, Cencic, Jaroussky and Daniels, yet it's unfair to do a direct comparison between his individual colouration and that of others.

The interpretation of these Purcell songs by Lesne...
Published on 25 Oct 2011 by E. L. Wisty

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3.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear Gerard
Gerard Lesne is a superb artist, no doubt about it. Another reviewer asks why he does not get the same critical praise and attention as others in the current crop of top-notch counter-tenors. Simple - his English accent is laugh-out-loud awful! I have this album and always want to slap myself on the wrist and tell myself 'don't be so childish', but, sadly, the disc...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An elegant interpretation of Purcell, 25 Oct 2011
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E. L. Wisty "World Domination League" (Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: O Solitude (Lesne, II Seminario Musicale) (Audio CD)
I cannot understand why the name of Gérard Lesne is not bandied around more often. He is surely one of the greatest countertenors of our time, up there with the likes of Scholl, Cencic, Jaroussky and Daniels, yet it's unfair to do a direct comparison between his individual colouration and that of others.

The interpretation of these Purcell songs by Lesne and the accompanying basso continuo of Il Seminario Musicale (on bass violin, harpsichord and theorbo) may be a little more languid than others, but is always elegant, sophisticated and moving. Lesne's florid ornamentation plus a slightly camp English diction are not over the top but even compelling and convincing.

The disc is packaged in a foldout digipak with a booklet providing notes and full sung texts of the tracks, in English and French.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear Gerard, 28 Oct 2013
This review is from: O Solitude (Lesne, II Seminario Musicale) (Audio CD)
Gerard Lesne is a superb artist, no doubt about it. Another reviewer asks why he does not get the same critical praise and attention as others in the current crop of top-notch counter-tenors. Simple - his English accent is laugh-out-loud awful! I have this album and always want to slap myself on the wrist and tell myself 'don't be so childish', but, sadly, the disc always has me tittering and has to come off after a couple of numbers. It's excruciating. Stick to French, Gerard.
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