‘James Gilchrist's bright, ringing tenor voice is compelling from the first note...Anna Tilbrook is an outstanding accompanist.' BBC Music Magazine
‘This is an excellent collection for lovers of English song.' The Observer
‘Gilchrist and Tilbrook are an outstandingly accomplished and sensitive modern combination.' Gramophone
‘As an interpreter of English song, Gilchrist is often in a class by himself.' The Times
'The English Song Collection' includes the premiere recording of Gurney's masterpiece Ludlow & Teme using the composer's revised and corrected version which the composer declared to be his favourite. It also includes the first modern recording of Leighton's
Earth, Sweet Earth since the original recording by Neil Mackie for whom the work was written.
All of Gilchrist's recordings with Linn have been highly acclaimed; ‘On Wenlock Edge' was a Finalist in the ‘Solo Vocal Album of the Year' category at the 2008 Gramophone Awards and ‘Oh Fair to See' was named a ‘Benchmark Recording' by BBC Music.
Pianist Anna Tilbrook displays her substantial talents as an accompanist providing flawless support to long-term performing partner James. Also featured in this collection are Michael Cox (flute), Gareth Hulse (cor anglais) and The Fitzwilliam String Quartet.
'The English Song Collection' includes:
Gerald Finzi: Oh Fair To See; Till Earth Outwears; A Young Man's Exhortations
Ralph Vaughan-Williams: On Wenlock Edge
Peter Warlock: The Curlew
Arthur Bliss: Elegiac Sonnet
Ivor Gurney: Ludlow & Teme
Kenneth Leighton: Earth, Sweet Earth
Benjamin Britten: Winter Words