VOCAL ENSEMBLE

St John Passion ~ Bach
“…Alongside the top-class and pliable choral singing of Polyphony comes the roll call of exceptional soloists…”
Gramophone Magazine

“… Stephen Layton presents an intelligently perceptive performance, beautifully sung by a fine team of soloists and by the ever-dependable Polyphony…”
International Record Review

Messiah ~ Handel: St John’s Smith Square, December 2012

“… Vital to its success was a choir which could well add “perfect” to its name, the polyphony in this case remaining expressive in every voice-part even when the spotlight has passed from one to another…”
Arts Desk

Passion and Resurrection ~ Esenvalds

“…Polyphony typically balances beauty of timbre with precise articulation and empathy with the texts…
BBC Music Magazine

Messiah ~ Handel:
“…Layton’s direction is vivid and masterly…”
The Sunday Times

“…If you only listen to one Messiah this Christmas, Stephen Layton and Polyphony’s live recording should be it … Layton’s interpretation has matured into something of infinite variety, clear insight and spiritual substance…”
Classic FM Magazine

“…The new release has both a fine sense of style and is full of refreshing insights … The choir … sings with an effortless control and well-modulated fluency that takes wing … The acapella introduction of the final Amen is a masterstroke … Polyphony’s new Messiah gives the daughters of Zion cause to ‘Rejoice Greatly’ …”
BBC Music Magazine

“…Layton understands the dramatic character of Handel’s realization of the Christian story, but it’s really the musical realizations here that are so compelling–and refreshingly unidiosyncratic–that you easily can hold this Messiah as your standard reference… This is the most satisfying quartet of Messiah soloists to appear in a very long time… it will instead encourage repeated listening by virtue of its trueness to Handel’s music and its uncompromisingly fine performances…”
Classics Today.com

Not no faceless Angel ~ Gabriel Jackson:
“…An absolutely outstanding choral recording … after hearing that performance from Polyphony directed by Stephen Layton, it’s hard to believe that there’s another vocal ensemble that could bring such radiant perfection of voice and ensemble to bear on this music. Some of the sounds are just heart-stoppingly beautiful. A surfeit of beauty? Maybe, but such synergy of imagination and performance…”
BBC Radio 3, CD Review

Mass in E Minor and Motets ~ Bruckner:

“…Polyphony, whose sound is … smoothly rounded, fully blended and sumptuous … Layton produces such gorgeous sounds from his singers that the overall listening experience is infinitely satisfying … The seven unaccompanied motets are absolute gems. An ethereal account of Ave Maria has a breadth and grandeur which belies its short time-span; as the vocal lines crowd in on each other, the effect is nothing short of electrifying. And popular as it is, if there has to be a “definitive” interpretation on disc of Locus iste, this has to be it. Put it simply, we’re unlikely to hear choral singing as fine as this for a good few years to come…”
Gramophone