Barry Millington
The Evening Standard

Remember Your Lovers is the title of the final poem in Tippett's enraptured song cycle The Heart's Assurance, the centrepiece of this inspirational recital by John Mark Ainsley and Iain Burnside. There are homoerotic undertones to this cycle and Britten's Canticle I, which ends, as Burnside puts it, in a 'gay lullaby'.

The Heart's Assurance is also, like Tippett's Boyhood's End, an impassioned response by the composer to the senseless destruction of the Second World War, and Ainsley is acutely responsive to the cycle's richly evocative text—the trembling kiss, the hurling night, the dark antechamber of desire—set unforgettably by Tippett.

The strong Purcellian influence on Tippett and Britten is also pointed up in the imaginatively conceived disc, wonderfully performed.