Composed by Andrew Earle Simpson, Eric Kitchen, and Gabriel Thibaudeau. Classical. CD. Naxos #8579064. Published by Naxos (NX.8579064).
Soprano Deborah Sternberg brings together three song cycles themed on birds, each with its own unique flavour and expressive vocabulary. Andrew Earle Simpson's eloquent skills as a composer and pianist are united in Birds of Love and Prey, in which both antique and modern textual sources contrast songbirds and predators in a variety of ways. Eric Kitchen uses transcriptions of actual birdsong in The Olney Avian Verse of William Cowper, while Gabriel Thibaudeau's Cycle Avicellus portrays birds within landscapes using a language of modern impressionism.