Alexander Chance - Drop not, Mine Eyes - Gramophone

Chance’s tone is pellucid; notes fall round and clear as water drops – it’s a really outstanding instrument, fuller and straighter-toned than his father’s, with a lovely softness at the bottom. His restraint is admirable – not overworking songs by Dowland, Campion and Purcell, whose crisp outlines are so much of their charm – as is his control, showcased best in the Purcell: the unbroken horizon-line phrases of ‘An Evening Hymn’, the silky melismas of ‘O solitude’.

A recording in which Chance stakes serious claim to the title of his generation’s most exciting British countertenor.

01 July 2023