Taylor's subtle but energized touch and flowing melodic inventions find a ready response from Johnson and Baron, two players who excel in the kind of unexpected twists and turns and intricate textural interplay so typical of the pianist's musical imagination. Taylor's original inspiration lies deep in the central jazz tradition, whatever the complex weave of influences and new directions he may have added. Lyrical, intelligent and hugely resourceful music-making, with pristine recorded sound to match.
~ Jazzwise, Kenny Mathieson
Great Estates of Scotland tells the stories of ambitious landowners who have acquired some of the most beautiful tracts of land in Scotland, areas ranging in size from a handful of acres to tens of thousands.
"If you didn't get this disc first time round, don't hesitate to buy it now" (Early Music Review)
"The singing is exquisite, the balance always right, the intensity of devotion always present" (Fanfare, USA)
"Byrd at his most impressive and sublime here in the glorious Nunc dimittis and in the delicate intricacy of Optimam partem. The recording and performances are superb." (BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide)
Pilar Lorengar never achieved the fame and recognition of some of her Spanish peers, such as Victoria de los Angeles and Teresa Berganza; because of this, her singing is relatively unknown to contemporary listeners. Fortunately, anyone with interest can get to know this terrific soprano through The Art of Pilar Lorengar, Decca's two-disc retrospective featuring operatic excerpts and songs of Spanish composers. It is well worth the time; Lorengar had a gorgeous voice, and at its best her singing competes with anything on record. This is especially true of the purely lyrical excerpts on the album, such as "Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante" from Carmen and "Glück, das mir verbleib" from Korngold's Die tode Stadt, both of which would be tough to beat for sheer beauty of singing.