Lawrence Zazzo is regarded as the most versatile operatic countertenor of his generation. Here he explores the intimacy of the lute song in a remarkable programme focusing on madness and midnight. He performs works by Dowland and Purcell as well as exploring the contemporary repertoire for countertenor.
“Zazzo's voice is pure, strong and individual....For the most part, [he] is a convincing storyteller. Indeed, he fits Burgon's cycle and Boyle's Two Love Lyrics into a cohesive, highly satisfying musical and poetic narrative. Noiri's accompaniments are clear, keen-edged and beautifully articulated” BBC Music Magazine, October 2011 ****
“Zazzo and Noiri thrive in this madhouse of a recital, their respective instruments as well adapted to bringing out the subtleties and ambiguities inherent in a de la Mare, Auden or MacNiece poem as in the discords that infect the melodiousness of Dowland and Burgon alike. Lunarcy it may be, 'though this be madness, yet there is method in't '” International Record Review, September 2011