The Times states, '...as an interpreter of English song, Gilchrist is often in a class by himself'; James’ hugely popular series of works by Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Gurney and Britten have proved this is the case. This special 3-disc collection brings together his finest recordings to date.
This collection includes the premiere recording of Gurney’s masterpiece Ludlow & Teme using the composer’s revised and corrected version which the composer declared to be his favourite.
It also includes the first modern recording of Leighton’s Earth, Sweet Earth since the original recording by Neil Mackie for whom the work was written.
All of Gilchrist’s recordings with Linn have been highly acclaimed; ‘On Wenlock Edge’ was a Finalist in the ‘Solo Vocal Album of the Year’ category at the 2008 Gramophone Awards and ‘Oh Fair to See’ was named a ‘Benchmark Recording’ by BBC Music.
James Gilchrist is a sought-after recitalist whose voice has been described as pure and sensitive with an even and beautiful tone.
Pianist Anna Tilbrook (‘an eloquent partner’ Daily Telegraph) displays her substantial talents as an accompanist providing flawless support to long-term performing partner James.
Also featured in this collection are Michael Cox (flute), Gareth Hulse (cor anglais) and The Fitzwilliam String Quartet.