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Britten: Michelangelo in Song - songs by Britten, Wolf & Shostakovich / John Tomlinson, bass; David Owen Norris, piano

Notes & Reviews:

On this disc internationally acclaimed bass Sir John Tomlinson and pianist David Owen Norris bring together settings of Michelangelo poems by Britten, Wolf and Shostakovich. This unique program is frequently played by the duo in theatrical Michelangelo-themed performances and can now be heard on CD for the first time.

The Observer, 8th September 2013
With the experience of a long operatic career, and a voice still richly intact if understandably at times a little weathered, Tomlinson brings drama and wisdom to the feelings expressed here.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2013
A sort of King Lear-style meeting of voice and repertoire, especially in the Wolf and Shostakovich cycles...Rhetorical moments go fairly well, the Wolf songs having particular authority.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2013
Few basses have the right inky-black colour [Shostakovich] imagined...Tomlinson does, and he chills the soul...Owen Norris, sometimes overpedalling in the earlier songs, brings a special focus to extraordinary accompniments...The sound captures the velvet that still sometimes envelops the wear and tear of his voice.


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