"This debut recital disc by American-born, Canadian tenor Lawrence Wiliford embodies sensitive, expressive performances in a program of mostly late works by Benjamin Britten, all economical in texture and featuring lyrical harp accompaniment by Jennifer Swartz. - Rick MacMillan, Opera Canada (Canada)
"La voix de Lawrence Wiliford, d’une belle pureté de timbre, peu de vibrato et une fort belle diction, convient assez bien à la poésie des textes mis en musique par Britten, d’inspiration doucement mélancolique pour la plupart." -Crescendo Magazine (Belgium)
"Light-voiced, mellifluous, pleasing, Wiliford makes easier listening than Pears could sometimes be in the twilight of his career... The balance between voice and harp is excellent throughout." - Gramaphone Magazine (UK)
"[T]he musicianship on this disc is extraordinary. [...] [Wiliford has] become a sensitive and expressive singer, with a supple and beautiful instrument that seems always to do his bidding." -Erick Lichte in Stereophile Magazine (USA) "With the sweet clarity of Lawrence Wiliford's voice that never stresses or pushes but simply tells a story, coupled with Jennifer Swartz's musicality and depth, this disc is a revelation of the great possibilities for harp and voice. I highly recommend this recording". -Alison Young, Harp Column Magazine (USA)
Toronto Star classical music critic, John Terauds, gives Divine Musick 4/4 stars. Read the review.
Globe and Mail critic, Robert Everett-Green, chooses "The Death of Saint Narcissus" as a track pick of the week. Essential Tracks (November 9, 2010) The Wholenote magazine calls it "a striking album" that "lovingly recreates" the fruits of the Pears - Ellis creative partnership. Read the review (on page 63).
Britten: Divine Musick The Late Works for Tenor and Harp Released: September 28, 2010 Catalog Number ACD22623 ATMA Classique
Nominated by the International Classical Music Awards for Best Vocal Recital CD, 2012