Miscellaneous Quotes

“Beauty of his voice will stop you in your tracks” -GRAMOPHONE

“In this latest release from Canadian label Analekta, Daniel performs a disc of ‘Ave Maria’s’ written by Caccini, Schubert, Byrd, von Bingen, Monteverdi and others, so provides a definitive disc of this repertoire performed by a world class singer.” CLICK HERE TO READ FULL REVIEW

“He his rising in the operatic firmament as fast as the speed of sound.” -Globe and Mail

“This was a heart-breaking, profound journey” -BARCELONA NATIONAL

“In the world of baroque music no two individuals more deserve the label ‘superstar’ than countertenor Daniel Taylor and the great English soprano Emma Kirkby. Kirkby and Taylor shared the stage… it was an unforgettable experience.” -Ottawa Citizen

“Taylor’s tone is ravishing – ineffably dulcet but focused, and wonderfully honest, undeniably true.” -Opus

“A disc as lovely as this should not be overlooked. Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater has hardly lacked for fine recordings over the years but here we have a performance of real distinction and allure. The tempo for the slow Fac ut ardeat is judged to perfection, with its sense of motion ensuring that the textual meaning is perfectly conveyed. Pergolesi’s compact Salve Regina again evinces strongly meditative qualities in this performance. Here, in the Bach setting of the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Taylor is joined by Emma Kirkby and their rapport is obvious, the voices well blended, and as before the reflective sense of the chosen tempi conveys a great deal. The depth and pathos are everywhere apparent. …this reflective disc brings impressive and sensitive qualities to bear, and should on no account be overlooked.” -musicweb-international.com

“Emma Kirkby at her most serene is matched by Taylor as if they were two faces of a single musical entity… this is a disc not to be missed.” -BBC Music Magazine

“…with the gentle and sweet introduction of the sonata, director Daniel Taylor leads us with his singular and wondrous technique – with his soft, warm and deeply moving voice – through the painful expression of devotion found in the Vivaldi Stabat Mater and the remarkable Salve Regina. Emma Kirkby joins Daniel in pure emotional harmony and the listener can only marvel at this degree of interpretation – recommended!” -Classic CD Germany

“Were Emma Kirkby and Daniel Taylor singing straight Pergolesi here, we might find their interpretation cool and lacking in edge, but with Bach’s more abstract text, the purity of the voices and the effortless delivery seems perfect. Taylor’s performance of Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater is also as intimate as it gets.” -Globe and Mail

“This is a beautifully produced and skilfully executed programme which confirms that Daniel Taylor is a Bach interpreter of discernment and excellent taste.” -Classics on Line

“Daniel Taylor’s breath control is exemplary, often effortlessly taking only a single breath over astonishingly long legato lines. His approach to the piece is gentle, with pure-toned pianissimos and floating cantilenas exuding a kind of exquisite despondence.” -allmusic.com

“Daniel Taylor’s moving exploration transcends.” -GRAMOPHONE