Notes and Editorial Reviews
Tenor Ed Lyon has been one of the UK’s most versatile and sought-after soloists for over a decade. Now, for Delphian, comes his first solo recording project, inspired by the immediacy, joy and freedom found in seventeenth-century music. Joined by Theatre of the Ayre –a flexible and innovative ensemble led by the lutenist Elizabeth Kenny – he has conceived his very own ‘playlist’: a live mixtape of the songs, simultaneously catchy and sophisticated, which became earworms for the listeners of their day. “Ed Lyon reaffirms his claim to be one of the pre-eminent Baroque tenors of our time.” (The Independent)
What we have here is an exploration of an art relatively under represented on disc: the intimate 17th century song, from the toe-tapping to the plangently melancholy, in highly engaging performances. Nothing is re-orchestrated for modern taste, it doesn't need to be. You cannot help but smile.
– Planet Hugill (David Hugill)