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This Other Eden: A Landscape of English Poetry & Song / Kitty Whately, mzz; Joseph Middleton, piano; Navarra Quartet et al.

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Notes & Reviews:

This Other Eden: A Landscape of English Poetry & Song, featuring mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately (BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist for the 2013 - 15 seasons) and her family and friends, expresses the pain of longing for home, of true not sentimental nostalgia, deep seated in the art of the British Isles, through its program of poetry and song, from Shakespeare's Scepter'd Isle, the 'blue remembered hills' of Housman's Shropshire or Hardy's Wessex, to the idyllic Ireland of Joseph Campbell's 'I wish and I wish'. On Samuel Barber's Dover Beach, the Navarra Quartet feature both individually and as a quartet.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Her voice is magnificent - warm, voluptuous, and winsome. Her technique is excellent; her diction is pristine; her careful use of dynamics is laudable. You can hear those qualities clearly in her unaccompanied performance of the Scottish folk song 'Ma Bonny Lad'. She reveals strong talent as a singing actress with a finely hewed dramatic portrayal of mental and emotional demise in Horovitz's excellent 'Lady Macbeth: A Scena'. She is also capable of gentle tenderness elsewhere (e.g. the exquisite 'Silent Moon').

Most of these works are familiar to lovers of English songs. 'The Children' (Macmillan, 1995) is a powerful setting of Scottish poet William Soutar's anguish at the Spanish Civil War. It is a deeply moving performance of this brilliantly harrowing work.



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