Musical Opinion

Peter Lea-Cox is an accomplished composer, much connected with the English choral tradition, and this new record of no fewer than 23 solo settings demonstrates his gifts and artistry in excellent fashion. Of the wide-ranging songs here, my personal favourite is his setting of Yeats’s ‘Sailing to Byzantium’, with its sly quotation from the Londonderry Air, but each one of these carefully crafted songs has its own individual charm and character. The composer is fortunate indeed to have had Lesley-Jane Rogers and Jennie-Helen Moston to perform these works, for their performances are admirable and do much to ensure this deeply attractive body of music is brought to wider attention – which it clearly deserves. The recording quality is also very good, the singer being well balanced with the piano.
*****

—Robert Matthew-Walker