Notes & Reviews:
BBC Music Magazine, October 2012
Vibrant readings of some of Purcell's best loved choral works unalloyed by 'authentic' prissiness.
The impact of Inia Te Wiata's entry in They that go down to the sea in ships is almost sensational ... Outstanding among the soloists is the counter-tenor, Charles Brett. The orchestral playing is sprightly, the choral singing polished.
The performances are excellent. James Bowman is in splendid voice and he is well matched by Charles Brett (in this music, the others are really a supporting cast to the countertenors). The orchestra plays with its usual sensitivity of tone and nuance. As for Mr. Guest, he understands the Funeral Sentences in no mean manner, for it is easy to overdo the pain or to adopt the stiff upper lip, yet he manages to combine the two in goodly proportion.