Connolly and Martineau excel in new recording of English song.
Congratulations to mezzo soprano Sarah Connolly and to her accompanist Malcolm Martineau whose recently released recording of English Songs entitled My True Love Hath My Heart has been garnering rave reviews.
The new Chandos recording features many well known English songs by composers such as Britten, Gurney and Ireland but also some lesser known fare such as Richard Rodney Bennett’s The History of the The Dansant. Before recording the disc Sarah and Malcolm included much of the repertoire in recitals at the Wigmore Hall and in New York’s Alice Tully Hall. On both occasions the critics were unanimous with their praise. They have been no less refulgent in their reviews of the new disc. In The Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen judged that ‘one of today’s most intelligent musical mezzo-sopranos, Sarah Connolly is in gloriously fluent and expressive voice for an imaginatively programmed selection of mid 20th-century English song’. In Classical Source, Richard Nicholson praised Sarah’s ‘noble tone production, impeccable enunciation, command of style and keen intelligence’ saying also that ‘she can lend distinction to even the simplest melody’. Piers Burton-Page, writing in the International Record Review, summed it up beautifully in saying ‘In short, Connolly and her supersensitive accompanist, Malcolm Martineau, ideally recorded, are throughout simply ideal in this treasurable repertoire’.