Musical Pointers

Acquired as an addition to my burgeoning Scelsi collection, Clare Lesser is blessed with a gorgeous voice and terrific technique. She is comfortable at the heights up in the leger lines and supported by an excellent recording ambience at Birmingham Conservatoire.

The programme is nicely varied, with Kelemen and Berberian exploiting a vast range of vocal effects, the latter’s derived from comic strips ! A very entertaining disc.

All texts are provided, in the original French & Latin. There is an unnecessary apology for minimal ambient noise which does nothing to impair the pleasure of an exceptional disc; think of it as Cageian, music as part of life.

—Peter Grahame Woolf