Recordings and Reviews

Recordings

Excerpts from Various Performances

Britten, ‘The Golden Vanity’

Song in the City, 7 July 2012

Tracks from ‘The Rieger Organ of St Marylebone Parish Church

Reviews

 

On Wenlock Edge: Housman’s Lads, 27 February 2017

Adam Sullivan (tenor), Joseph Padfield (baritone), The Accendo Quartet, Kevin Phelan (actor), Gavin Roberts (piano), Song in the City, The Hall, St Botolph without Bishopsgate

“sense of colour and fluidity which The Accendo Quartet brought to the music, ably supported by Gavin Roberts’ fine piano playing.” – Planet Hugil

 

Hungerford and District Community Arts Festival, 11 July 2017

“Sublime organ performance from the highly accomplished Gavin Roberts to a packed Lady of Lourdes church.” – Newbury Weekly News

 

London Song Festival, La Serenissima, 13 November 2013

“Intelligent programming and delightfully vibrant performances”

“Gavin Roberts played with lovely singing tone”

“a brilliantly dramatic musical performance from Hall and Roberts.”

“a finely considered performance from Gavin Roberts.”

“Gavin Robert’s intelligent piano playing formed a nice complement to Lucy Hall’s vibrant performances” – Planet Hugill

 

Dolgellau Music Club, 1 November 2013

‘Gavin Roberts gave …. an eloquent rendering of Brahms’s Intermezzo Op 118 No 2. His musicianship was in evidence throughout the evening in his perfect consonance with the singer’s timing and dynamics, and also in the space he allowed round key phrases, for instance in Strauss’s ‘Morgen’ – a matter not so much of counting beats as of responding inwardly to the poetry….. an encore set the seal on a most polished recital by this amiable and highly expressive duo’ (Recital with Soprano Lucy Hall) – Cambrian News

 

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, 21 June 2012

‘Schubert’s Rondo in A, D.951, fizzily interpreted by the night’s two pianists (Gavin Roberts and Elizabeth Burgess).’ – Oxford Times

 

Barbican Hall, 7 April 2011

‘Sibelius’s songs are amongst the best-kept secrets of Finnish music and….display a good grasp of piano technique and provide an excellent foundation for the construction of the vocal lines…. Samantha Crawford and Robert Elibay-Hartog…. were both perfectly partnered by Gavin Roberts’ – Seen and Heard International

‘A selection of Sibelius’s songs made use of some wonderful texts, each a story of love or loss. Gavin Roberts supported both singers excellently.’ – Classical Source

 

Chandos Chamber Choir, Brahms’ German Requiem with Piano Duet, 28 June 2008

‘The duettists, Jonathan Lee and Gavin Roberts made a perfect combination. They obviously relished their task, eliciting wondrous sonorities and brilliance from the St Peter’s Kawai Grand, and responding to the changing moods in the music – at times calm and reflective; at other times passionate and intense – always in perfect synchronisation with the choir.’ – Reviewed by Penny Abbott and Adrian Davis

 

CD Review: Voices of London: Songs of the Big Smoke

Jennifer Witton (soprano), Elizabeth Lynch (mezzo soprano), Nick Allen (tenor), Piran Legge (baritone), Song in the City: “fabulous accompaniment from Gavin Roberts.”  Star rating: 4.5 – Planet Hugill

 

Sacred Vocal Music from 18th-Century Switzerland: Meyer, Schmidlin, Bachofen, Walder (Guild GM CD 7248)

‘The organ continuo playing throughout is of a very good standard… the organist [Gavin Roberts] plays in a controlled and unobtrusive manner whilst at the same time providing excellent vocal support – a truly enjoyable conclusion’– The Organ

 

 

Charles Wood – Anthems Volume 1 (PRCD 754)

‘Organists Gavin Roberts and Timothy Uglow provide, besides accompaniments, a well-played selection from Wood’s Sixteen Organ Preludes’– BBC Music Magazine

 

 

Leonardo Leo – Sacred Music (Miserere mei Deus & motets) (ASV GAU 226)

‘With able soloists‚ mostly from the choir’s own ranks‚ and accomplished work by the organists‚ the performances are further helped by a matching clarity in the acoustics and sound production work by Michael Ponder’– Gramophone

‘Highly recommended.’ – Fanfare Magazine USA

 

Poulenc – Stabat Mater (and Litanies à la Vierge Noire) with the choirs of St John’s and Clare Colleges (DVD OA 0817D), Gavin Roberts (Organ)

‘performances are excellent, and they are sensitively filmed.’ – Gramophone