Vaughan Williams - James Gilchrist - Sunday Telegraph

James Gilchrist has perhaps a lightish tenor voice for the V.W. Housman cycle but he brings such dramatic power and insight to it and such lyricism to its gentler songs that it matters little. His interpretations of Is My Team Ploughing? and Bredon Hill are as good as any on disc. The pianist Anna Tilbrook and the Fitzwilliam Quartet are equally superb in evoking the composer's atmospheric instrumental writing. Ivor Gurney's seven wonderful Housman settings, Ludlow and Teme, are also beautifully performed and Gilchrist penetrates to the melancholy of Peter Warlock's The Curlew. Exceptionally fine recording quality.

Sunday Telegraph
12 August 2007