Musick to Heare | Willowhayne Records WHR055

Musick to Heare

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Label: Willowhayne Records

Cat No: WHR055

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 1st February 2019

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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, a 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.

"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

"...Musick to Heare is a sensitive and mellifluous 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

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