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DIVINE MUSICK RECEIVES CRITICAL ACCLAIM

"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

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Britten - Divine Musick


MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO FEATURE
Listen to Lawrence Wiliford's interview with Steve Staruch about his debut solo recording Britten: Divine Musick The Late Works for Tenor and Harp

SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE OPERA
CBC RADIO 2 FEATURE