"... Unlike the songs of too many present day composers, Roth’s songs have melodies that stick with you. His music is mostly gentle and evocative, and Padmore clearly has an affinity for it. As in ’Songs in Time of War’ Padmore’s voice is herd to its best advantage with this graceful and gentle guitar accompaniment that allows him to sing effortlessly ... Here he uses mostly his head voice, which has a sweetness and tenderness, grace and delicacy. making use of abundant vocal shading and nuance of tone, his performance here is brilliant, and in ’Out of my Mind’ it is intoxicating. We have here a vocal artis in consummate control of his voice. These are wonderful songs wonderfully performed. Szymanski plays brilliantly and show remarkable dexterity with some complex rhythms ... The first rate recorded sound is clear and present..."
Robert Moore - American Record Guide - January/February 2014
"... With delightful settings of five English folksongs, Roth knows how to use the voice with both respect and resourcefulness, qualities that padmore and Szymanski echo beautifully."
Geoffrey Norris - Gramophone magazine - September 2013
"A superb disc of music by a prolific and successful composer who has eschewed the passing modernisms of our days. My lute & I are nine settings of Thomas Wyatt, in the vein of the ever popular Elizabethan lute songs (there is also one to John Donne’s Autumnal.) I wonder whether Alec Roth’s lute songs could be played with lute too? Also there are some English folk song settings, and a slightly more innovative group of Night Songs to words by his collaborator Vikram Seth, those with suggestions of classical Indian music.
But the disc is highly desirable for the singing of Mark Padmore, superb in expressivity and perfect diction, in the supportive acoustic of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn; recorded partly at night, the session photos by by engineer Andrew Mellor suggest. The notes and words are in good black-on-white print (increasingly rare !) and this is a disc which deserves widest distribution and take up on radio programmes.
I deplore however the cover, which relegates Alec Roth to the smallest print!
Peter Grahame Woolf - Musical Pointers - May 2013
"Padmore’s clean tenor finds an ideal vehicle ... there’s a transparent, haunting beauty about it, and the accompaniments for violin, harp and guitar are a joy."
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