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Remy Franck
Pizzicato, December 2014

‘Stopping By’, a varied program of American Art Song, is an absolutely ravishing recital by tenor Kyle Bielfield and pianist Lachlan Glen. Bielfield’s beautiful and charismatic voice is a perfect instrument for this repertoire. On the piano Lachlan Glen is very supportive. Both musicians reach a perfectly controlled and natural expression. © 2014 Pizzicato




Mary Kunz Goldman
The Buffalo News, November 2013

One theme of this CD is a trio of treatments of Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” There are settings by Samuel Barber, John Duke and Ned Rorem. What a pleasure it is to hear them…And it lends itself well to song, with the line “He gives his harness bells a shake.” It’s fun to hear how the three composers handle that line. This is a generous collection of 28 songs…there is a lot to enjoy. I liked the lyrical songs by Amy Beach and Charles Griffes. Copland’s “Simple Gifts” and “Long Time Ago”—everyone loves them, and once you hit the two Stephen Foster songs, “Beautiful Dreamer” and the very Victorian “Gentle Annie,” you just want to hear them again. Barber’s “Sure On This Shining Night” is famous. The disc ends with “Dream With Me,” a lovely song by Leonard Bernstein, complete with cello. Bielfield sings the songs with affection and clarity. © 2013 The Buffalo News Read complete review



Joseph Newsome
Voix des Arts, September 2013

…tenor Kyle Bielfield surrenders himself to every song on Stopping By, delivering the energy, musicality, and unequivocal enthusiasm that American composers and poets deserve and so infrequently receive.

Mr. Bielfield is accompanied on this musical journey by Sydney-born pianist Lachlan Glen…the fluidity, integrity, and technical completeness of his playing confirm that he is a highly-skilled collaborative artist rather than a mere accompanist. Accompanists play for singers in auditions and rehearsals, but Mr Glen here matches his playing to every verbal and musical nuance of Mr Bielfield’s singing, creating an environment in which singer and pianist phrase as one.

On the whole, Mr Bielfield’s singing is as crisp and refreshing as a spring rain, and his liquid tone washes over these songs most attractively.

…the quality of these performances leaves little room for discussion. What [Kyle Bielfield and Lachlan Glen] have recorded here are performances of some of America’s most beautiful songs that do not attempt to inflate or overstate their importance. This disc is but the beginning of an exquisite journey, both for these intriguing young artists and for the art of American Song, and the plentiful enticements of this recording inspire the hope that many sequels stand beyond. © 2013 Voix des Arts Read complete review





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