Philip Langridge gives intense and dramatic performances of the three most important Britten song-cycles with piano, originally written with Peter Pears in mind. With Steuart Bedford, Britten’s long-term collaborator, as accompanist, this reading of the Donne sonnet-cycle is marked by high contrasts of dynamic and tone, so that one hears echoes of Peter Grimes’s music. In the other two cycles Langridge is just as expressive…Valuably, Langridge adds two more Hardy settings, originally intended for Winter Words…
Two further happy returns from the English Song series which went missing-presumed-dead when the rest of the Collins Classic catalogue was lamentably withdrawn. It's good that they are revived together, for both deserve attention..."
"A welcome return to the catalogue for these fine performances, originally released on Collins. ...one can't fail to be impressed by the way Langridge sees each cycle whole, or by Steuart Bedford's discreet, musicianly accompaniments. Strongly recommended."