Music by American composer Will Ayton, Parthenia with Alexandra Montano, mezzo-soprano
Release date January 30, 2007
Also available at MSR Classics Label and Amazon.com
About A Reliquary for William Blake
American composer Will Ayton’s love of folk music, Elizabethan poetry, his Celtic heritage, his devotion to the art of polyphony, his love of old legends, and things philosophical and spiritual all shine through in this mesmerizing CD, featuring the song cycle, “A Reliquary for William Blake,” composed for Parthenia in 2005. Mezzo-soprano Alexandra Montano’s purity of tone, both as singer and as narrator in the prose passages, makes her an ideal interpreter.
“Possibly the most aesthetically cohesive setting of Blake’s poetry and prose to music yet. For sheer consistency and elegance of tone. . .nothing equals A Reliquary for William Blake. . .composed by the American Will Ayton and performed with passionate delicacy by the viol consort Parthenia and the mezzo-soprano Alexandra Montano.” – World Magazine
“The exquisite music on this CD and the equally fine rendition of it by Alexandra Montano and her colleagues in Parthenia have produced an aural feast for the music lover… Recommended – and highly – for far more music lovers than just the early music crowd.” –Fanfare