Iain Burnside's Complete Rachmaninov Songs Continues To Dazzle Critics
Three months after its eagerly-anticipated release, Iain Burnside's Rachmaninov Songs project – the first complete recording for twenty years of Rachmaninov’s published song output – has taken the classical world by storm. Selected as the coveted Editor's Choice for both Gramophone and BBC Music magazines, the disc has also been called 'electrifying' by the Telegraph, while the Sunday Times has deemed it 'superb'. For the first twenty-five years of his career Rachmaninov regularly expressed himself in song, from Tchaikovskian beginnings to the extraordinarily personal range of vocal and pianistic utterance in his final two collections. Every song in this collection is performed in the key in which Rachmaninov wrote it, respecting both the specificity of vocal color and the carefully designed tonal and expressive trajectory within each opus. Almost a century after exile brought down the curtain on this period of his creative output, Burnside and his singers bring these works to shimmering, gushing, crackling, magnificent life.
"The two sopranos are top-note perfect... Burnside remains a firm, clear companion throughout."
– BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
"Sung gloriously with palpable heart and soul."
"A very distinguished piece of work."
– THE GUARDIAN
"A richly rewarding and fascinating set... the results are electrifying."
– THE TELEGRAPH
"Burnside’s brilliant playing... allures the ear at every turn... superb."
– THE SUNDAY TIMES
"A journey worth taking."
– THE EXAMINER
"A delightful collection that belongs in everyone’s home..."
– AUDIOPHILE AUDITION