, March 2011
Gormenghast Castle, dark, vast, decaying, and populated by a dull-witted and regimented assortment of eccentrics and grotesques, is on the brink of a shake up. Into this rigidly routinized world come two forces of change. The first is the extraordinarily hideous infant, Titus Groan, the 77th Earl of Gormenghast, whose unheralded birth surprises and awakens the inert populace. The second is the emergence of Steerpike, an ambitious, intelligent and manipulative kitchen servant, eager to carve himself a place in the new order.
…Naxos’ fine production has a momentum that propels listeners past all barriers, thanks largely to an exceptional over-the-top performance by Rupert Degas. His creepy, comical, loathsome, even bloodcurdling, voices are so vivid that listeners will get the picture…