"...This is a delightful recital by the up-and-coming tenor Bruce Ford... Ford has an admirable bravura technique, and dazzles in ’Finish this futile argument (Cesa di piu resistere)’ Other gems are a limpid ’None so rare, none so fair’ (M’appari)’ and a mellifluous Lakmé duet with Mary Plazas. Fine accompaniments by superb Geoffrey Mitchell Choir and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Excellent recorded sound... Recommended."
James Camner - Fanfare - July/August 1998
"... Bruce Ford is a well-trained singer, gifted with a voice of fine qulaity... his diction is clear and natural... The programme is an interesting one.... pleasures abound. The duet from Lakmé is a particularly happy choice, and beautifully sung... The orchestra play well, as one would expect especially when under the good direction of David Parry."
JBS - Gramophone Magazine - April 1998
"The Chandos disc of English language opera excerpts, sponsered by the Peter Moores Foundation, is by every measure a success... Ford’s voice is beautiful, his technique never less than solid, with impeccable enunciation and style. When called for, as in the rondo finale from Barbiere ... the tenor shows spectacular coloratura facility. The recorded sound is superior... David Parry leads enthusiastic accompaniment ..."
James Camner - Opera News - 1 September 1998
"...His Mozart [Ford] (from The Seraglio) is fine, his Rossini (the arias from The Barber of Seville that nine out of ten tenors can’t manage) is good... watch out in the duet from Delibes’s Lakmé for the Irish soprano Mary Plazas: she sounds like a young Valerie Masterson, and from me praise doent comuch higher."
Classic FM Magazine - April 1998
Performance **** Sound ****
"English language, world standard - sung by a light lyric tenor of real qulaity."
Michael Scott Rohan - Classic CD - March 1998
"...The American tenor Bruce Ford confirms his reputation as a Rossinian by getting his flexible voice around Almaviva’s last-act aria from The Barber of Seville, generally omitted because of its difficulty. He also revels in famous pieces from Mozart’s Seraglio, Donizetti’s Elixir of Love and Verdi’s Falstaff (Fenton’s aria) and the Song of the Indian Merchant from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko..."
AB - The Daily Telegraph - 21 February 1998
Performance ***** Sound ****
" ...Ford’s attractive timbre, smooth legato and impressive high notes are well deployed throughout this disc ... "
Charles Osborne - BBC Music Magazine - April 1998
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