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Track(s) taken from CDH55249

Come unto these yellow sands

composer
1674; for Shadwell's operatization of Dryden and Davenant's The Tempest
author of text
The Tempest, Act I sc 2

Robin Blaze (countertenor), Elizabeth Kenny (lute)
Recording details: April 1999
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: January 2000
Total duration: 0 minutes 57 seconds

Cover artwork: Home Once More (detail) by William Jabez Muckley (1837-1905)
Sotheby’s Picture Library
 
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Reviews

'Robin Blaze has the special ingredients to transcend any latent prejudice [of countertenors], especially in a recital as wide-ranging and intelligently programmed as this. Blaze has the means to colour his texts, not just with superior diction, but timbral variation to keep the listener hearing each song afresh … there are too many highlights to list … superb. Another fine achievement from two of Britain's brightest and best' (Gramophone)

'Can be recommended without reservation … the wonderful 'By beauteous softness’, from Queen Mary’s Birthday Ode of 1689, given this performance, I could quite easily listen to for ever … there’s a remarkable technical ease and innate literary intelligence about Blaze’s singing which together with the astounding beauty of his voice makes this one of the most outstanding recitals of its kind on disc … wonderfully performed … among the new generation of countertenors, Robin Blaze is the genuine article. Blaze [has] poised intensity, unswerving intelligence and sensitivity to the sheer, melting beauty of his instrument' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Shows the development of English song during the 17th century as well as acting as a superb vehicle for these two wonderfully talented musicians' (The Independent)

'Robin Blaze has the versatility and range of nuances needed to encompass such an eclectic repertoire and the precision of focus in his limpid countertenor makes even a trifle like The delights of the bottle an invigorating experience … an enterprising recital disc' (International Record Review)

'I so admire Robin Blaze. He possesses an entirely natural sounding instrument, a polished technique, a subtle refined musicianship. Here, with his delicately soft timbres, he draws us into the world of each piece … the most delightful and intoxicating experience … I was entranced' (Gramophone Early Music)

'Rising young countertenor in a programme he was born to sing … a lute song 'natural'' (Classic CD)

'A fine choice from the 17th century, well suiting Robin Blaze’s wonderfully expressive voice' (Early Music Today)
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