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on 22 July 2013
Reviews of CD "Songs of Quest and Inspiration"
Songs of Cyril Scott & Ralph Vaughan Williams

Luister
"[RM] zingt Scott's liederen met een heel mooi gefocuste, warme en heldere toon en duidelijke dictie... een echte liedzanger aan het werk."
"Tweede troef is Micha van Weers, die een enorm kleurenpalet uit de piano tovert en daadwerkelijk als tweede karakter in de liederen fungeert."
"...herhaalde beluistering van de cd de moeite waard..."
Hein van Eekert - maart 2012

Gramophone
`This pioneering recording, by the enterprising Dutch pair Robbert Muuse and Micha van Weers, provides an enlightening glimpse of the composer's [Cyril Scott's] appreciable powers.
[...] also give impressive performances of Vaughan Williams's Songs of Travel and two of the Five Mystical Songs.'
Jeremy Dibble, March 2012

Fono Forum
`...exzellente Sprachbeherrschung ebenso dazu wie sein stilistisches Einführungsvermögen.'
`Robbert Muuses relativ heller, flexibler Bariton tut sich nicht schwer beim Wechseln der Atmosphären.'
`Den Interpreten meint man die Lust am musikalischen Wandern anzuhören.'
Christoph Zimmermann, März 2012

Opernglas
`Cyril Scotts Lieder gepaart mit Liedern von Ralph Vaughan Williams: Eine gelungene Kombination, weist doch die Tonsprache dieser Zeitgenossen starke Ähnlichkeiten auf. Beide haben aus dem reichen Schatz der englischen Volksmusik geschöpft, beide verstehen sich darauf, mit Tönen zu malen - aber mit feinem Pinsel und zarten Pastellfarben.'
`Muuse ist die Liebe zu diesen Liedern anzumerken, sorgfältig lotet er den Text aus, sucht nach immer wieder neuen dynamischen Abstufungen.'
`Kompetent begleitet wird Muuse von seiner Landsmännin Micha van Weers, die den zum Teil sehr anspruchsvollen Klavierpart nach Herzenslust funkeln und schillern lässt.'
Andreas Laska, März 2012

"A perfect way of singing and empathy go ideally together"
Aart van der Wal - Opusklassiek.nl - January 2012

"In his compositions, in which he always goes beyond the boundaries of tonality, he uses influences of the English folk music with style-elements of French Impressionism and occasionally the musical language of the Far East ."
"[Muuse] performs them with the necessary interpretative knowledge and stylistic sensibility. His partner Micha van Weers conjures from the piano poetic, weightless, almost fairylike sounds. To get acquainted with these for us hardly familiar songs is worthwhile."
Ekkehard Pluta - Klassik-Heute - december 2011

Another advantage is that Muuse is an experienced singer of the "Lied", who is convincing in every way in this unknown repertoire. Just as accompanist Micha van Weers who complements him beautifully.
Frans Jansen - Klassieke Zaken - February 2012

"An anthology of highlights, pure indulgence for the ears."
Maarten-Jan Dongelmans - De Gelderlander - November 2011

"Ah, there's so much more to say about these songs, and about Cyril Scott. That, to me, is the greatest value of this album: that Robbert Muuse and Micha van Weers presented to me a composer I did not know. My curiosity is aroused to hear more of his songs, his orchestral works, his publications. Therefore thank you very much."
Richard Stuivenberg - Alles over Kunst - November 2011
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