Julianne Baird: English Mad Songs and Ayres
"All three (songs) are intelligently sung by Julianne Baird.... Pleasing too is the way she responds to the drama in the music without sacrificing anything in lyrical sweetness. Here Baird's attractive voice and artful use of it are a constant pleasure, while Arne's four little songs are invested with all the touching, simple charm... In short, any admirer of Purcell who doesn't take the trouble to hear this disc is probably fit to end up [crazy] like poor old Bess."
Gramophone (U.K. May 1992)
there is the usual delight to be found in Baird's ornamentation...
Her rendition of Blow's Lysander I pursue is superb, and makes the
disc worth owning."
Stereophile (January 1993)
Baird has a light clear soprano sound... The ornaments are tasteful and
the performances display an understated elegance which makes for intriguing
High Performance Review (Summer 1992)
can one listen to The Fatal Hour in its piercing dissonant beauty
without being overcome by its sweet melancholy? And in Bess of Bedlam,
Baird demonstrates her ability to vocally imitate the shaky sounds of one
who is totally unhinged. MADNESS NEVER SOUNDED MORE BEAUTIFUL."
Der Standard (Vienna, Austria - February 27, 1992)
recording demonstrates the wonderful professionality of this soprano, who
adapts her voice appropriately to the sadness of the opening piece, Oh
Solitude! by Henry Purcell. The CD, in effect, presents a vast
panorama of the works of this composer."
Bresciaoggi (Brescia, Italy - March, 1992)