Roberto Brusotti - Musica magazine - March 2012
"This splendid two-disc covers four of Britten’s greatest cycles plus the Cabaret Songs and some early unpublished items. They are brilliantly performed by eight young singers. Katherine Broderick’s ’The Poet’s Echo’ is especially fine, her timbre appropriate to music composed for Vishnevskaya. The baritone Phillip Smith shows outstanding talent in the De La Mare settings, and Robin Tritschler goes to the heart of ’Winter Words’. Malcolm Martineau has a Britten-like authority at the piano..." ****
Michael Kennedy - The Sunday Telegraph - 29 May 2011
"Martineau paces his survey of Britten’s songbook with the same lightly worn expertise he brings to his accompaniments, alternating lighter and darker material in a way that maintains the listener’s interest.....Robin Tritschler’s radiantly lyrical performance of the Thomas Hardy cycle ’Winter Words’." ***
Financial Times - 28 May 2011
"...Who would have thought the young boy would have set Tennyson’s ’Tis better to have loved and lost’ as a hypnotic little waltz, let alone Burns’s ’O that I had ne’er been married’? The John Donne sonnets and The Poet’s Echo (Katherine Broderick) are very fine, but the most compelling track is Canticle I, a masterpiece delivered by Andrew Tortise."
Nicholas Kenyon - The Observer- 12 June 2011
"For this first volume of Britten’s collected songs, Martineau has gathered a gratifyingly formidable array of young British singing talent. Ben Johnson is commanding in an urgent passionate reading of The Holy Sonnets of John Donne. Andrew Tortise conveys rapturously intense emotions in Canticle 1, ’My Beloved is Mine’, as personal an expression of the composer’s love for Peter Pears as anything he wrote. Perhaps the best is left until last, when Robin Tritschler gives a fresh-sounding ’Winter Words’" ****
Stephen Pettitt - The Sunday Times - 29 May 2011
"Masterful....an excellent set"
BBC Radio3 CD Review - 2 July 2011
’..this series promises to be a major addition to the Britten discography’.
Gramophone magazine - September 2011
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