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Rebecca Feind
AudioFile, November 2009

Actor Forbes Masson is equal to the task of representing his countryman’s poetry. This selection of Burns’s poetry provides a fine sample of the Scottish Bard’s canon, ranging from short songs to long narratives. Masson’s pronunciation of the Scots versions of the poems is replete with the sounds only a native speaker can produce. He brings his skill as a performer to the different characters of Burns’s poetry, from pensive lovers to social critics. His voice is rich, and his pronunciation of Scots is pitch-perfect. Masson’s performances range from the gentle and sweet “Red, Red Rose” to the blistering “Holy Willie’s Prayer.” All those who celebrate a Burns supper in January will appreciate how Forbes Masson brings Burns to this century.





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