Tenor Nicky Spence has released As You Like It, a collection of Shakespeare Songs set by a diverse and eclectic range of composers from Purcell and Haydn, through to Britten, Quilter, Tippett and John Dankworth, via Chausson and Schubert. The album shows the supreme versatility of Spence’s voice and abilities from Romantic lieder to jazz-inspired works, all superbly accompanied by the universally acclaimed pianist Malcolm Martineau. The recording, available on Resonus Classics also features the world premiere recording of Three Tepestuous Tunes by young composer Alex Woolf. Born in 1995, Woolf won the 2012 BBC Young Composer Award and is a princial composer with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
In his four star review for Sinfini Music, Warick Thompson writes, "He’s a young singer with a lovely sound, an astonishingly varied emotional range, and a way of telling a story through a song that grips the listener and doesn’t let go...He has the true singer’s gift of communication, without which these works would just be pretty but dull sounds. Instead - with the help of some superb accompanying from Malcolm Martineau - he brings them alive with joy, pain, love, despair and wit."
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