News & Reviews
‘Where’er you walk’ was released in May 2016, and features Allan Clayton, Ian Page and The Orchestra of Classical Opera. It celebrates the life of John Beard, Handel’s favourite tenor. Beard created more Handel roles than any other singer, and this recording offers an exquisite overview of his career, featuring works by Handel, Arne, Boyce and J. C. Smith. Watch the making of film here.
The next disc to be released by Classical Opera is Mozart’s Zaide, the fifth recording in our Complete Mozart Opera cycle.
BBC MUSIC RECORDING OF THE MONTH
“There’s a guileless beauty of tone in Clayton’s Handel… Led by Matthew Truscott, the string playing is reliably silky, well articulated and quick-witted, with musky obbligato solos from bassoonist Philip Turbett and oboist James Eastaway.”
BBC Music Magazine
VOIX DES ARTS RECORDING OF THE MONTH
“There is an almost erotic tension in the serpentine intertwining of their voices, and the singers effortlessly match flawless intonation with unobtrusive vibrato.”
Voix des Arts (full review)
“This 69 minute CD really is a delight, and I cannot recommend it too highly.”
Classic FM Album ReviewÂ (full review)
“The outstanding young tenor fulfils his early promise in music sung by Handel’s “favourite tenor”, John Beard.”
The Sunday Times
“Some of the most beguiling moments come from the lyrical arias, where Clayton’s timbre takes on a honeyed tone that Beard’s contemporaries would have described as ‘sweet’, a word now sadly debased. Among such I’ll highlight a ravishing “As steals the morn” (L’Allegro), if only because it allows me to include mention of the charming contribution made by Mary Bevan…This a greatly enjoyable recital, enhanced by the stylish and well-played support provided by Ian Page and his Classical Opera Orchestra.”