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James Gilchrist - My Beloved is Mine - The Sunday Times


06 August 2012
The Sunday Times
Paul Driver

There are so many Britten pre-centenary occurrences, including this fine disc, one might almost fear that the actual year will be depleted.  Fat chance.  Gilchrist is a greatly sensitive interpreter, his tone liquid yet urgent, his diction immaculate and august, his choices admirable.  The Auden settings On This Island, The Holy Sonnets of John Donne and Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo are all but Britten's three best cycles, and Canticle I, a beautiful treatment of Francis Quarles's devotional poem My Beloved Is Mine, completes a satisfying sequence: the encapsulation of a blazingly original, fiercely English approach to fusing words (even Italian ones) and music.


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