From the March/April 2016 of Fanfare Magazine, review in its entirety here:
Laura Claycomb’s recital of songs accompanied by classical guitar offers interesting programming which showcases the soprano’s strengths.
Claycomb has been frequently associated with contemporary music, so it therefore comes as no surprise that the most striking tracks are by Marc Blitzstein and William Walton, though she interprets the Spanish and Brazilian songs, as well as the French folk song settings, with a delicate and appealing sensibility. Claycomb possesses a clear, bell-like, agile soprano with excellent diction, and she delivers the music with a lightness and transparency that gives her interpretations a haunting quality.
… The soprano’s crystalline timbre suits Debussy’s Mandoline and En sourdine well, and her rendering of Seven Popular Spanish Songs by Manuel de Falla offers an otherworldly timbre, less earthy and more mysterious than many interpretations, with Teicholz’s accompaniment multi-textured, yet subtle.
The four William Walton songs settings of anonymous 17th- and 18th-century English texts, which had been commissioned originally by Peter Pears and Julian Bream, add some delightful touches, sometimes poetic, other times slyly humorous. The duo closes the album with Bizet’s aria from his ode-symphony, Vasco da Gama, which uses its bolero rhythm to virtuoso effect, making a strong finish to the program.
This excellent recital by two artists, whose collaboration goes back to their chamber music performances in San Francisco more than two decades ago, comes strongly recommended!