The Prince Consort - Other Love Songs - musicOMH

What sprung to mind most readily was the latest disc from the Prince Consort - a group of five singers and artistic director Alisdair Hogarth at the piano, all in their 30s - which includes the two sets of Liebesliederwälzer by Brahms as well as a specially-commissioned cycle by Stephen Hough. Here, the blend of young voices, singing with passion and agility and volume, but also with less driven and insistent tone, taking more time to savour the softness and gentleness in the music, is as close to an ideal performance of the two Brahms sets as I can imagine.

26 May 2011