Shakespeare Songs, Consort of Voices    

Shakespeare Songs    
Presented in English   
Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
August 27, 2016

Consort of Voices      

“For the 400th anniversary year of the death of William Shakespeare, we present diverse settings of his words from a range of composers in the atmospheric setting of Canongate Kirk”-- description from Fringe programme

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The Herald review (4 stars) - "With a programme of music set to Shakespeare texts, Edinburgh based vocal ensemble Consort of Voices presented a selection of different composers’ interpretations of Shakespeare’s words, under the direction of Stuart Hope. Opening with the New Mexican contemporary composer Z Randall Stroope’s "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day," the choir sang with a fresh, well balanced blend and sophisticated synchronicity. The percussive nature of "Double Double Toil and Trouble," the third of Finnish composer Jaako Mantyjarvi’s set of 4 Shakespeare songs was tightly executed, as were the ringing bell-like sounds in Vaughan-Williams’ "Full Fathom Five."

With lush and sensitive accompaniment from Neil Metcalf, Hope’s own SATB arrangement of Finzi’s song cycle "Let Us Garlands Bring" had an attractive depth, with Finzi’s melodies still being at the fore."