Richard Fairman
Financial Times
April 2016

Under the light of the moon Verlaine imagines an idyllic scene with a lute playing amid fountains and marble statues. His Clair de lune has been a favourite poem for French composers, whose evocations of the night make up nearly half this programme.

Four versatile singers—Mary Bevan, Clara Mouriz, Allan Clayton and Marcus Farnsworth — offer an evening’s recital that ranges from Schumann and Brahms to Hahn and Fauré.

A particular attraction is the inclusion of less well-known duets and quartets, which add to the convivial atmosphere.

Joseph Middleton is the imaginative accompanist.