O Ravishing Delight: Alfred Deller sings English Airs | Harmonia Mundi - Musique d'Abord HMA190215

O Ravishing Delight: Alfred Deller sings English Airs

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Label: Harmonia Mundi - Musique d'Abord

Cat No: HMA190215

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 21st July 2017

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The extraordinary voice of Alfred Deller, the countertenor pioneer who dominated this particular vocal register in the 1950s and ’60s. He inspired Britten to write the role of Oberon for him in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as the generations that followed. It was in the field of the English Renaissance song that Deller’s artistry found its most perfect expression, distilling the peculiar melancholy of this repertoire in a manner which has never been equaled.

“Dowland’s ‘Flow my Tears’ is breathtaking – from the first note one is simply compelled to listen. He really does make time appear to stand still, and the listener is held fast. For five and a half minutes nothing else seems to matter, such is the mesmerising effect of this extraordinary interpretation.”
- Early Music Review, August 2004

“the musicality, agility, power and subtle tonal shading are beyond question... a reminder of artistry of the highest calibre”
- Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph

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