I listened to this CD of solos and duets performed by Carolyn Sampson and Iestyn Davies with a great sense of expectation. Here we have two artists who just keep getting better and better and whose careers are really going places. Their live performances regularly gain great reviews and both have recently received acclaim for their performances on disc in the 2017 Grammophone Awards. Furthermore both artists have previously collaborated most successfully in both Baroque opera and oratorio.
However this BIS release sees Carolyn Sampson and Iestyn Davies enter quite different musical territory. Here we have a collection of songs by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Quilter and Purcell (in arrangements by Benjamin Britten).
Whether combining together in perfect harmony in the duets or singing solos they show a real love of, and enthusiasm for, the songs in this wonderfully varied compilation. All of this being enhanced by the first rate, sympathetic accompaniment from Joseph Middleton, who was deservedly the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist of the Year Award earlier this year.
In short my expectation was more than matched by these splendid performances on this well recorded disc so this is unquestionably our CD of the Month for October. Well done to all concerned in the making of this fine release!