"Kennedy’s young tenor sounds utterly at ease in this CD of Housman settings by Vaughan Williams, Ivor Gurney and Ian Venables ... his musicianship is appealing, and the Dante Quartet accompany with gusto..." ***
The Times - 4 January 2008
"Kennedy has a big, bright, expressive tenor voice and uses it with fervour, delicacy and imagination ... A thoughtfully realised recital"
The Independent on Sunday
"The first of what I hope will be a flood of Vaughan Williams CDs to mark the 50th anniversary of his death has arrived, and very fine it is too ... Kennedy copes marvellously with the music’s kaleidoscopic, constantly changing moods ... Venables’s four settings come as an unexpected bonus, and cap an outstanding CD no lover of British music should miss"
The Mail on Sunday - January 2008
"Venables’ songs are sharply responsive to the weight and meaning of every word, and his style ... around Kennedy’s voice like a glove ... The tenor handles the texts superbly, making every word perfectly clear"
The Guardian - 1 February 2008
"Kennedy produces enough vocal strength and projection and in the whole cycle finds variety of colour and volume to differentiate among the seven songs ... His singing of ’Bredon Hill’ is clear and fresh until he almost imperceptibly deadens his tone as he tells of the loved one’s funeral: a fine performance, well supported, as elsewhere by Simon Crawford-Phillips and the Dante Quartet ... Venables’s music is fierce, punching the air, and Kennedy rises to the heightened tension and wide-ranging vocal line. This is a powerful cycle, worth hearing. All the participants respond well to its requirements, as they do to the Vaughan Williams and Gurney songs"
John T. Hughes
International Record Review - February 2008
Performance **** - Sound ****
Michael Scott Rohan
BBC Music Magazine - January 2008
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