Marta Fontanals-Simmons has received high praise for her performance on composer Martin Suckling’s new album The Tuning. The everyday is transfigured in this intimate collection of chamber music and songs by the young Scottish composer. The album includes settings for mezzo-soprano (Marta Fontanals-Simmons) and piano (Christopher Glynn) of five magical, moonlit poems by Michael Donaghy, and a string quintet written in collaboration with the poet Frances Leviston, whose readings of her own texts frame the four movements of a piece which pays dual homage to Schubert and to Emily Dickinson.
Ben Lunn from the Morning Star writes, “Marta Fontanals-Simmons handles the lyrical lines with delicacy and care and underlines the beautiful distinction and interaction between the piano and singer.”
Andrew Palmer from The Yorkshire Times writes, “The mesmerising coupling between Marta Fontanals-Simmons and Christopher Glynn on piano, creates the perfect ambience as they impeccably communicate with each other. The different techniques each performer uses creates an intense connection with a powerful and haunting narrative, conveyed through such sensitive accompaniments, matching the quality of Fontanals-Simmons’ exquisite voice.”
Marta’s upcoming engagements include Verdi’s Requiem at King’s School, Canterbury; and concerts at the Norfolk & Norwich Music Festival and Aldeburgh Festival 2022. For a full list of upcoming tour dates click here.
Listen to The Tuning available on Delphian Records now.
Photo credit: Victoria Cadisch