Magazine article Opera Canada

O Sweet Love

Magazine article Opera Canada

O Sweet Love

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O SWEET LOVE Daniel Taylor, countertenor, Les Voix Humaines (Susie Napper & Margaret Little, violas da gamba) & Stephen Stubbs, lute. ATMA Classics ACD2 **

Amid today's countertenor boom, Canadian Daniel Taylor seems happiest simply to make a beautiful sound. His pure, clean voice is something he deploys almost instrumentally, tracing a delicate, sweet vocal line. In this recital of music by John Dowland and William Byrd, Taylor's singing is interspersed with instrumental selections played by the viola da gamba duo Les Voix Humaines (Susie Napper and Margaret Little), or by Stephen Stubbs on the lute. In the end, there is a homogeneity between Taylor's use of his human instrument and his colleagues' use of their man-made instruments. In fact, with their slightly more aggressive approach and greater interpretive imagination, Les Voix Humaines achieve a more exciting expressiveness. Nothing that is sung on this CD is as dramatic or as memorable as the duo's instrumental interpretation of Byrd's "The Bells."

Taylor's range and potential are not well represented in this recording. …

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