"... Bennett’s staunch and complex harmonies are not for sissies, which is why the BBC Singers are so formidable in bringing them off. The group is chamber-sized but sounds larger. The sopranos and altos are women who don’t mind sound female, so there’s some real oomph in the treble realm when it counts. ’Winter Nights’ in the Campion set for example, has some real sweep to it. But Bennett’s tender interludes are gracious and warm, while Cole, George and the Duke are brought off with all due elegance..."
Edward Greenfield - American Record Guide - March/April 2013
Performance **** Recording *****
"...all four of the carol settings which launch this Richard Rodney Bennet anthology were written in the past five years, and evince an easy mstery that makes them a delight to listen to. The part-writing is endlessly resourceful and inventive ... A cappella arrangements of songs by Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Cole Porter serve as encores, allowing the BBC Singers to swing in slightly freer style together. Their high standards of execution, under Paul Brough’s empathetic direction, grace the entire programme."
Terry Blain - BBC Music magazine - March 2013
"This recording of a highly attractive selection of Bennett’s recent a cappella choral works and arrangements is as accomplished as one could possible hope for ... With the Singers’ impecable intonation, warm vocal blend, this CD is a must-buy for anyone interested in contemporary British choral music..." *****
Philip Reed - Choir & Organ magazine - September/October 2012
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