on 2 August 2007
James Gilchrist gives a stunning performance on his latest disc of songs by Vaughan Williams, Gurney, Warlock and Bliss. He has for sometime, been a tenor who I have followed, and this disc meets every one of my expectations.
Flawless interpretation and intonation - Check. Well chosen accompanists (the Fitzwilliam Quartet is particuarly fine) - Check. Perfect diction and emotional delivery - Check.
Praise must also go to the Linn engineers who have achieved a pefect sound balance and wonderful sonic ambience. In short, this disc is perfect in every way - I cannot praise it enough. If you a fan of English song - buy this, you will not be disappointed!
on 5 February 2011
Gichrist is on top form, but hats off also to the other musicians on this recording - listen to Tilbrook's playing on Bredon Hill, or the the wind effects wrought by the Fitzwilliam players in Wenlock Edge. These are just examples - the whole ensemble works perfectly to evoke the mood of each piece - dynamics and phrasing faultless throughout. This is a great selection of English early 20th C song that I would recommend to anyone with any interest in the genre - the lyricism of the Bliss contrasting the stark edginess of The Curlew, as well as the better-known pieces by Vaughan Williams and Gurney.
on 2 January 2014
I agree with virtually all the published reviews of this disc. Gilchrist delivers thoughtful, deeply-felt interpretations of each work, supported beautifully by Tilbrook, the Fitzwilliams, etc.
I especially like the chamber version of 'Wenlock', which allows Gilchrist's searching, beautifully-sung interpretation to shine through.
This disc remains in the memory long after the end of each piece...and for maximum effect, listen to each one separately.
Is James Gilchrist the most exciting singer of songs since Mark Padmore...or the heady days of the young Philip Langridge?