Purcell: Complete song realisations by Britten3:32, 13th June 2016
Allan Clayton, Robin Blaze, Ruby Hughes, Anna Grevelius, Benedict Nelson, Matthew Rose; Joseph Middleton (pf)
Champs Hill CHRCD106 (2CD)
Long an obsession with Britten, Purcell was both inspiration and template for the younger composer and the current collection celebrates that relationship in realisations from 1939 to as late as 1971. There is no weak link among the singers, although Clayton’s tenor and Rose’s rich bass especially impress. Common to all, of course, is pianist Joseph Middleton, refined and adept, for whom this is clearly a labour of love. Excellent recorded sound.