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David Briggs has already proved himself the master of translating Mahler’s orchestral scores into mighty organ works. Joined by the wonderful young baritone David John Pike, Briggs provides fantastically evocative and colourful accompaniments to three song cycles: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder and Rückert-Lieder. The large, new Eule organ in the Konstantin-Basilika equips Briggs with an extensive and expressive palette, and the sound magically envelops the voice aided by the acoustics which, as Briggs himself concludes, add ‘a unique and thrilling dimension’. Pike’s rich sound is complemented by a compelling emotional connection with the poet’s anguish. This is a tremendously captivating album and I recommend it highly.

RUPERT GOUGH Read the full review on Agora Classica

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