Johan van Veen
, June 2013
The most interesting part of this disc…are the songs by Nicola Matteis. These are on English texts, but in a purely Italian style and quite expressive. The specimens on this disc suggest that his songs deserve to be explored.
With his experience in opera one may expect Barna-Sabadus to make the most of this repertoire. That is exactly what he does. He has a beautiful voice with a pleasantly warm timbre and a remarkably wide range. Some songs include high notes…which he sings with notable ease and perfection.
The instrumentalists give excellent support and deliver some nice solo pieces to boot. Axel Wolf gives a good account of Dowland’s Lachrimae Pavan, the lute version of Flow my tears. Especially interesting is S. Justinas…which is given an engaging performance by Pavel Serbin.
The singing by Valer Barna-Sabadus and the playing by the instrumentalists results in a highly compelling recital of gems from 17th-century England. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review