Jacob Heringman has already proved his worth as both a soloist and an accompanist on his outstanding Mudarra recording with Catherine King (ASV CD GAU 162). In this charming collection of works by Anthony Holborne, Heringman is effectively on a solo outing, with Susanna Pell joining him on just three out of 27 tracks.

As Stephen Carpenter states in his superbly researched programme notes, Holborne was second only to John Dowland in the number of lute works he contributed to Englandís musical heritage, and Heringman offers a diverse and representative selection which includes most of the favourites. "The Fairy-Rownde" is here, and so is "As it fell on a Holie Yve". "The Night Watch" appears in its bandora setting, although I was a little disappointed by the absence of the cheery "Heigh-ho Holiday".

One particularly pleasant surprise was the small set of pieces for cittern. I have to confess that Iíve always been somewhat biased against this instrument, largely because it both sounds rather like and bears a passing resemblance to the mandolin. After the rich tones of Heringmanís lute, the first few bars on the cittern do tend to jar a little, but one soon discovers that this wire-strung relative of the lute has a charm all its own, especially in the hands of a player of this calibre. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the three items performed on cittern and bass viol, "Maister Earles Pavane" in particular showing the expressive powers of which the instrument is capable.

Another exemplary performance from one of the luteís rising stars.

Paul Fowles, Classical Guitar, August 1998