Musical Opinion

John Goss was one of the best loved of all British singers of his time, a lyrical baritone with an exceptionally wide repertoire. He was a much admired early broadcaster and died in 1953 at the age of 62.

This fascinating CD from Divine Art attempts, with conspicuous success, to recreate his art between the wars in accordance with the style brought to them, quite often accompanied, as here, by a male voice quartet. I do not wish to appear superior, but I enjoyed this CD much more that I thought I would: here are some lovely songs by 20 th -century British composers, many of whom write with Goss specifically in mind, notably by Peter Warlock and E J Moeran, alongside traditional ballads and sea songs, French and Elizabethan songs, and lieder by Mozart, Schubert and Franz.

hroughout, Giles Davies sings impeccably, with a fine sense of style, and is admirably accompanied by Steven Devine. The recording quality is also excellent, and performance notes and texts are included. This is a really delightful CD, which is wholeheartedly recommended.

—Robert Matthew-Walker