"...this disc reinforces Gerald Finley’s credentials as one of the finest non-native singers of Russian. Abetted by Julius Drake’s dramatic, atmospheric playing, he combines burnished beauty of tone and unflinching emotional truth in Musorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death ... Relief comes courtesy of a clutch of witty encores, despatched by singer and pianist with virtuoso panache"
The Daily Telegraph
"The ’Wigmore Hall Live’ series reflects the high quality of chamber music and art-song available at this admirable venue. Many of the 25 CDs so far issued preserve events of special value (and at a reasonable price). This beautifully recorded example is certainly one of them"
"Superb performances mark a landmark release for Wigmore Hall. The 25th release in Wigmore Hall’s Live imprint proves to be a splendid recital by the Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley accompanied at the piano by the UK’s own Julius Drake ... Finley is outstanding, with Drake providing knowing, nuanced accompaniment"
"the unbroken line of pity and compassion that ran through the perfectly integrated registers of his voice (and in perfect Russian) led the heart with compelling intensity from the cradle to the field of battle ... Finley’s finest hour was the magisterial and daring performance of Ned Rorem’s prose settings of Walt Whitman’s harrowing War Scenes"
"Gerald Finley can do no wrong at the moment, and this Wigmore Hall Live offering makes a cherishable keepsake of what was evidently a memorable event ... A packed auditorium listens in hushed captivation, and Tony Faulkner’s truthful sound and balance convey a palpable sense of occasion. A genuine treat, this, and not to be missed"
"This latest Wigmore Hall Live recording is among the finest so far, a really superb recital by this accomplished Canadian bass-baritone and his celebrated accompanist, Julius Drake ... Altogether a strongly recommended disc"
BBC Music Magazine
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