Nottingham Evening Post

Tenor Ian Partridge and his pianist sister Jennifer have done much for British music down the years. The present disc, which is basically a rejigging of a 1997 recording, showcases the composer John Jeffreys with 24 song-writing gems. Born in 1927, Jeffreys has been drawn to Elizabethan and Georgian poets, among others. The Georgian group includes A.E. Housman and Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, to whose anthemic Northumberland Jeffreys gives the lilt of a folk song. Often, the lyrics address the subjects of nature and human love. Others are charged with religious feeling, and always the musical setting responds to the text sensitively and tellingly.

—Peter Palmer