Brahms ‘An English Requiem’ reviews

With The Choir of King’s College London (directed by Joseph Fort), Mary Bevan (soprano), Marcus Farnsworth (baritone), and James Baillieu (piano duet), on Delphian Records.

‘A well-paced account that achieves a calm and noble strength of expression … James Baillieu and Richard Uttley outshine the competition … with playing of admirable power and refinement … this disc deserves a place in the catalogue to itself.’
Peter Quantrill, Gramophone, December 2017

‘This has to be the least expected record of the year… The English words remain evocative and fit Brahms’s notes uncannily well. I’m not sure I want to hear the German again anytime soon… Mary Bevan and Marcus Farnsworth are angelic soloists, unstressed and deeply engaged… utterly uplifting.’
Norman Lebrecht,, November 2017

‘It’s modest, unshowy. Brahms without grandeur. Brahms translated.’
BBC Music Magazine, December 2017

‘An intimate, highly charged chamber performance’
Stephen Pritchard, Observer, November 2017

‘The intimacy does Brahms’ masterpiece no harm whatsoever, especially with the intelligent, flowing choices of tempo, the choral discipline and the fine solo contributions of soprano Mary Bevan and baritone Marcus Farnsworth, getting the scale just right.’
Andrew McGregor, BBC Record Review, November 2017