‘...For Brian aficionados, this disc … will chart essentially new musical territory, therefore making it mandatory listening. […] Baritone Brian Rayner Cook is a vigorous and enthusiastic singer… pianist Roger Vignoles is a hale and hearty accompanist’
All Music.com -
‘...For the first time on CD, magisterial accounts of Brian songs… this [is a] superbly remastered issue, sung vividly in the Wigmore Hall by Brian Rayner Cook, alive to all the moods and colours of this unfamiliar repertoire, accompanied to perfection by Roger Vignoles… warmly recommended.’
Gramophone - March 2006
‘...Rayner Cook is a dedicated and probing advocate, perceptively partnered in the often elaborate piano parts by Roger Vignoles. As in the elusive Legend that is Brian’s only extant chamber work, remastering has opened out the high-impact sound of the original LPs… All credit to Toccata Classics for restoring [these songs] to the catalogue’
International Record Review - March 2006
‘...The recording could not be better – fine performances from Brian Rayner Cook and Roger Vignoles with the recognisably bright acoustics of the Wigmore Hall – highly recommended. […] The performance is atmospheric and first rate.’
Musical Pointers - May 2006
‘...This is a fascinating release, and one that every Brian fancier will want… make time for this. You won’t be disappointed.’
Fanfare - May/June 2007
"The sound in the songs is big and unapologetic. The notes are exemplary as you would expect from one of the two leading Brian scholars, Malcolm Macdonald. The texts are printed in full. The songs are all well-rounded, well recorded and project a grand nobility aided invaluably by Brian Rayner Cook’s distinctive baritone and the sensitive and, when called for, larger than life pianism of Roger Vignoles. This disc will be widely welcomed. The release on CD of these outstanding performances of intriguing and impressive music should find ready takers in the burgeoning market for British song and for the music of Havergal Brian."
MusicWeb International - October 2005
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