James Sherlock conductor | pianist  
     
     
 

"The outstanding solo recital was that of Angelica Kirchschlager. This was a gem of a concert by a perfectly matched duo with pianist James Sherlock." Peter Schofield, The Schubert Project

"James Sherlock leads the way brilliantly ... a devastatingly beautiful performance" Marc Rochester, Gramophone Magazine

"Elegance ... heroism ... orchestral power: a wealth of wonderful piano playing" The Northern Echo

"James Sherlock proved just as accomplished in evoking a particular emotional world through idiomatic accompaniments which did not, however, upstage the singer. Frequently they served to attract the attention, but Sherlock ensured that he held it by maintaining the music’s momentum, whether that was through the rippling triplets of Am Bach im Frühling, the depiction of the spinning wheel in Gretchen am Spinnrade, or the hypnotic repeated notes of Frühlingsglaube which rather called to mind the famous Impromptu in G flat major. The almost giddy opening of Versunken appropriately set the scene of tantalising, amorous bliss in that song.

The closeness with which Sherlock and Kirschlager worked together was wittily confirmed in the encore. Kirschlager announced that she wanted to sing a 'quite unknown song by Schubert', whereupon Sherlock instantly struck up with the eddying flourishes of Die Forelle, to the amusement and delight of the audience. This was a charming end to a well-devised and executed recital." Curtis Rogers - Seen and Heard International

"The heightened drama was enhanced by pianist James Sherlock’s impassioned accompanying gestures... The lucidity of Sherlock’s piano introduction was bewitching... Pianists Sherlock and [Malcolm] Martineau enjoyed the spritely rhythms of the accompaniment...

Sherlock’s accompaniment deepened the caricature, as [Rachel] Kelly’s wheedling and luring became ever more brazen and [Sir Thomas] Allen’s brush-offs increasingly brusque". Claire Seymour, Opera Today

"James Sherlock provides distinguished playing ... one of the very best of recordings that have come my way" John Quinn, MusicWeb International

I have no hesitation in labelling this the very best Fauré Requiem on disc... James Sherlock leads the way brilliantly with some breathtaking manipulation of the St Giles’ Cripplegate organ... In short, this is a devastatingly beautiful performance." Gramophone Magazine, Editor's Choice January 2013

James Sherlock