Down By The Salley Gardens: 20th Century English Songs
Bejun Mehta had a rich musical career even before he switched voice type from baritone to countertenor in the late 1990s. He had been an acclaimed boy soprano, studied as a cellist, and been a successful record producer, with his album of Janos Starker playing the Bach cellos suites winning a Grammy. As a countertenor he has forged an impressive international career since the turn of the century, joining the burgeoning ranks of outstanding countertenors that began to appear about that time. Mehta has a natural, unmannered voice that's strong and even throughout his range. Vaughan Williams' Bright is the ring of words puts both the power and subtlety of his voice on display. The album doesn't particularly showcase the coloratura suppleness of which he is capable, except in the goofy faux-Handelian setting of Old Mother Hubbard by Victor Hely-Hutchinson. These songs are notable for a straightforward, graceful lyricism that's well-suited to Mehta's unaffected voice. He brings plenty of expressiveness to...
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