Catherine King, Charles Daniels, Jacob Heringman

Linn CKD 089

Airs de cour

Exquisite is . . . a highly appropriate [word] to describe this repertoire, programme and set of performances. Both singers have clearly worked hard to master the unfamiliar period pronunciation (an aspect of performance still too seldom addressed) and to get thoroughly inside this highly mannered idiom. The many repeats . . . are intelligently handled, with ornamentation neither automatic nor formulaic, but always nicely calculated to add to the expressive content of both words and music. The resonant, squeak-free lute accompaniments are delicious and the solos, as well as being enjoyable in themselves, fulfil the important function of turning what might have been simply a well-planned anthology into a more varied domestic concert. Recommended for all occasions, but expecially for the late evening with a glass of something smooth and red.

David Hansell, Early Music Review, May 1999