Classical Net

John Goss (1891-1953) was one of the most important British musicians & colourful personalities of the inter-war era. Singer, scholar & a lover of life, he was adulated by the composer’s whose music he championed, including Warlock, Delius & Moeran. Goss was also responsible for the revival of the British Ballad in the 1920’s & together with Warlock, was the driving force in resurrecting the English Jacobean & Elizabethan Lute Song Repertoire. He was a great entertainer & an innate musician & performer.

This CD is a celebration & dedication to this wonderfully talented character & the items chosen are perhaps many that Goss himself might have included in his recitals. The 28 tracks include Early English Ballads, Elizabethan Songs, Lieder by Mozart & Schubert, English Songs (mainly by Warlock) & Traditional Ballads & Sea Songs.

For Giles Davis, this is obviously a labour of love & he manages to squeeze out all the emotional & musical expressiveness of the repertoire in question. Stephen Devine & the Goss Male Quartet lend sympathetic support throughout. This is certainly a fitting tribute to one of Britain’s most lovable yet astoundingly neglected artists.

—Gerald Fenech