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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure and Simple The Opera Babes are Back!, 30 April 2012
This review is from: Silent Noon (Audio CD)
This is a lovely collection and a welcome return from the classiest "popera" act who were whisked from busking in Covent Garden to singing at the Cup final before making the award winning Beyond Imagination album for Sony. Ten years later they've chosen to go back to olde folk songs of the British Isles. Janet Haney's understated but beautiful piano accompaniment is the perfect setting for Karen England and Rebecca Knight's voices to soar and interweave with subtlety. We are treated to Vaughan Williams' lovely title piece and two beguiling Quliter songs such as "Now sleeps the crimson petal." Britten's "Waly waly" known in folk circles as The Water is Wide is wonderful as is The Sally Gardens. One is reminded of Britten and Pears own work here and yet there is a freshness and originality which exudes on every track no more so than on Novello's "We'll gather lilacs" and Dibdin's "Tom Bowling." This is a truly sublime and relaxing collection that will appeal to music lovers across different genres due to its sheer class and quintessential Englishness. The Babes are back with a landmark collection that you'll be playing in thirty years time!!
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