Here in the Bridge Lament is a prime example of the heartfelt precision and beauty of tone that typifies John Wilson’s Sinfonia of London. His way with strings has come a long way from Hollywood – but the lustre is inescapable.
Stuart Skelton has found in his vocalization of the title role a well-judged mixture of obsessive professional (sometimes rough) fisherman and troubled, confused, and persecuted outsider. An exciting, committed, necessary and brilliantly recorded version for our times.
Smyth’s haunting musc is beautifully constructed and highly evocative. The New York City-based Experiential Orchestra and Chorus both perform with luscious tone and poise. James Blachly’s leadership brings the work’s lyricism to the forefront.
Alwyn’s orchestral writing is always characterful, his vocal lines are unfailingly singable. Anna Patalong as Julie nailed her character’s dangerously unhinged brittleness from the start. Benedict Nelson as Jean sings his role with tremendous verve.