Playing time 77 mins.
Counter-tenor Mark Chambers continues his series of critically acclaimed releases on the Deux-Elles label with a new disc exploring 20th century English song.
The two composers featured, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edmund Rubbra, both wrote several important song cycles, and the older composer frequently played his works in progress to his younger colleague, whose musical opinions he greatly valued. Also featured on the disc is the striking set of Rubbra’s Eight Preludes for piano.
The disc is released to mark Rubbra’s centenary and features artwork by professional artist Benedict Rubbra, the composer’s son. Many of these works are either making their first appearance on CD, or are otherwise unavailable in the UK.
Caractacus Quartet undergirds the intense fervour of Chambers's performance
voice is at its most eloquent in its upper reaches.
an excellent recording of very fine English art songs wonderfully performed
by a singer who is specialising in this repertoire, who could well go
places and be snapped up by a producer before long for Oberon I have no
doubt. He is wonderfully supported by the sweet toned Caractacus Quartet
and by the experienced and thoughtful David Mason. All texts are given,
and the excellent booklet notes are by Keri Dexter. A worthwhile investment."
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