winter words

Britten’s “Winter Words” recorded on BIS by Daniel Norman and Christopher Gould featured prominently on the BBC “Building a Library” programme this month.  Presented by Kate Kennedy she highlighted:

“Daniel Norman and Christopher Gould’s no-nonsense performance here matches Britten’s unsentimental approach to these pastoral poems”

“Daniel Norman’s version has that lovely early-career freshness about the sound particularly when the top of the voice opens out. He combines it with something of Philip Langridge’s sinuous strength.”

“Norman avoids the temptation to make the phrases here too choppy and disjointed, but rather manages to find the dramatic line that drives through the song. The table’s creaking reminds the singer of the lost love who once owned it. Norman makes us believe the emotion and intention. We understand something of the pain of the memory. It’s a very touching performance.”