Britten - Winter Words, Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Folk Songs

10.05.11
Nicholas Phan
The Sunday Times (UK)

Nicholas Phan (tenor), Myra Huang (piano)
Avie AV2238


Others have identified Phan, a young American tenor, as a star in the making, and this fine Britten recital confirms it. The voice is graceful, mellifluous and durable, but behind it lie sharp intelligence, poetic insight and a confident individuality, allowing him a deeply personal response to the Hardy cycle Winter Words. In the Seven Sonnets, Phan is equally at ease with the demands of the bel canto devices. The six folk-song settings here are exquisitely artful.