Britten’s extraordinary skill and fluency for setting his native language has sometimes obscured his flair for his settings of foreign poetry; some of his very finest are in German, Latin, Italian and Russian.
Susan Gritton and Mark Padmore perform these songs with vigour, marvellously accompanied by Iain Burnside and do great justice to songs which many would regard as being the most distinctive and very finest examples of Britten’s art.
★★★★★ A powerfully eloquent performance – The Guardian
★★★★★ Flawless music-making of the first order – BBC Music Magazine
★★★★★ The superior qualityof the music-making here matches that of the music itself. A great album – Classic FM Magazine
[An] ingenious programme – The Daily Telegraph
Pianist Iain Burnside traverses this vast, impressive terrain with stylish ease – The Sunday Times
Mark Padmore’s singing of the Michelangelo Sonnets has all the grace of the young Pears without his mannerisms… Iain Burnside is a tower of strength throughout – The Sunday Telegraph