Following her debut release of Baroque works by Vivaldi and Handel earlier this year, Grace Davidson returns to disc on Signum with an intimate disc of Dowland’s first book of lute songs, accompanied by David Miller. Blending melancholy with wit in his writing for both lute and voice, John Dowland’s songs have continued to enchant audiences and singers for nearly 400 years. The ‘First Booke’ includes some of Dowland’s less well-known works, and was recorded in the sensitive acoustic of Ascot Priory in Berkshire, UK.Performance ★★★★ Recording ★★★★★ Dowland's [works] find elegant interpreters here in Grace Davidson and David Miller - BBC Music Magazine These are beautiful, musical performances - Gramophone
Seasons combines Vivaldi’s timeless concerto cycle The Four Seasons, performed with flair by the Trafalgar Sinfonia and soloist Kerenza Peacock, with a new contrasting composition by British composer Oliver Davis. Inspired by the same set of poetry upon which Vivaldi based the The Four Seasons, his new work Anno is a beguiling composition for orchestra and solo soprano, performed by Grace Davidson. Album of the Week: Davis's music has a pulsating rhythmic energy not a million miles away from Vivaldi's - Classic FM Album of the Week: Vividly played by solo violinist Kerenza Peacock... most pleasing - The Mail on Sunday ★★★★ The rhythmic vitality and neo-Baroque style of Davis's writing lends the cycle an easy instant accessibility - Early Music Review This is an appealing disc and an imaginative one. If the combination of Vivaldi's iconic concertos with a modern setting of his original poems appeals (and it should), then do not hesitate - Planet Hugill Soloist Kerenza Peacock's playing exudes sprezzatura, her tone light and incisive, her ornamentation authentic yet imaginative...her collegiate joy evident in every dance step she takes with the wonderful Trafalgar Sinfonia under Ivor Setterfield - Gramophone An uplifting, searing quality - The Lady An innovative view... worth adding to collections - AllMusic
Signum Records are proud to present the debut orchestral recording from Grace Davidson, one of the UK’s leading British sopranos specialising in Baroque music. She is joined by some of Europe’s leading Baroque musicians from the Academy of Ancient Music to perform a selection of works by Handel and Vivaldi, with performaces led by violinist Bojan Čičić under artistic director Joseph Crouch.
Grace won the Early Music Prize while studying singing at London’s Royal Academy of Music. Since then, she has worked with the leading Baroque ensembles of our day, singing under the batons of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, Philippe Herreweghe and Harry Christophers. Her discography includes a decade of CDs with The Sixteen, many of which feature her as soloist – Handel’s Jeptha (as Angel), Dixit Dominus, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Pianto della Madonna, and the Lutheran Masses of Bach.Davidson is outstanding for her seraphic purity and evenness of tone - Gramophone The voice is radiantly fresh and clean - The Times Grace Davidson…voice seems to have been especially created to sing baroque music - Cross Rhythms Each performance carves out an atmosphere of thoughtful, reflective poise capturing the settings' interior spirit - Classical Source