Musick to Heare is soprano Olivia Hunt's debut solo recording, and showcases a wide range of sacred and secular song throughout the ages.
John Hosking accompanies on three rather striking instruments: an Italian replica harpsichord built by Goble, the Hill, Norman & Beard organ designed by George Guest and William Mathias at Bangor University, and a Steinway concert grand. Olivia's naturally pure yet colourful tone shines throughout this recording, bringing a new lease of life to the later repertoire. Her effortless upper range and rich lower range make this essential listening.
Henry Purcell: If music be the food of love, Z379A; Dido's Lament (Dido & Aeneas)Isabella Leonarda: Quam dulcis es, quam eara, Op.13 No.2William Byrd: Ye sacred Muses - an elegy for Thomas TallisTarquinio Merula: Canzonetta spiritual sopra, "alla Nanna": Hor ch'e tempo di dormire; Capriccio cromaticoAnonymous (16th century English): The Willow SongJohn Downland: Come again, sweet love doth now inviteFray Antonio Martin y Coll: Batalla del 5. TonoJohann Christoph Pepusch: When love's soft passion (Cantata No.3)Roger Quilter: Now sleeps the crimson petal, Op.3 No.2; Weep you no moreJohn Hosking: Music to hearRalph Vaughan-Williams: The infinite shining heavens (Songs of Travel)Jocelyn Pook: Bridal Ballad (The Merchant of Venice)
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Recorded in the Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor University, Wales, UK (Tracks 1-10) on 7th & 8th June 2018, Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton, UK (Tracks 11-16) on 22nd September 2018.
Design: Hannah Whale, Fruition Creative Concepts & Willowhayne Records
Recording Engineering: Mark Hartt-Palmer & John Balsdon
Recording Production: John Balsdon & Mark Hartt-Palmer
Release Date: December 2018
Total Duration: 71:11
"In an age of specialization, it is rare to find performers that sound equally at ease in Purcell as in Gershwin, a feat accomplished here by the Hunt-Hosking Duo. Their versatility is eclipsed only by their remarkable musicality, making for a very enjoyable recording. Keyboard aficionados will appreciate Hosking’s sensitive touch in Merula’s Capriccio Cromatico, which constitutes a nice foil to his equally haunting “Hor chè tempo." - Isabelle Demers - Organ Professor, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
"...Music to Heare is a sensitive and melifluous collection of song, harpsichord, organ and piano, sung by pure toned Olivia Hunt and accompanied stylishly by John Hosking. Olivia's performances soar into her naturally high soprano and John's solo playing and accompaniments both shine and support this beautifully." - Deborah Cotterall - Early music mezzo-soprano