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‘This programme reflects a personal journey: I am Belgian, I studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and now I live in France. I wanted to present composers from these three countries, taking as my cornerstone the English song repertory and the English language. It was Britten’s On this Island that started me thinking in this direction. William Walton’s Daphne and Ivor Gurney’s tiny but intensely fresh Spring touch me enormously and form a part of my life experience. Nicolas Krüger and I then chose other songs that we liked, such as Let Beauty awake by Ralph Vaughan Williams . . . I also wanted to give my listeners a chance to hear French or Belgian composers who set English poems to music: Darius Milhaud, Germaine Tailleferre (one of those female composers who deserves to be better known) and Irene Poldowski . . . and to commission a work from the Belgian composer Patrick Leterme, who has often accompanied me. . . But I discovered Queen before I discovered opera. When I heard Freddy Mercury singing You take my breath away at the piano in Hyde Park, I was overwhelmed. I had to include that love song in my recital!’ – Jodie Devos

"In short: a recital that bristles with life and love, at once engaging, beguiling and moving. Highly recommended."
Gramophone
"Jodie Devos' lyric-coloratura soprano voice serves this high-lying music to perfection, with utmost ease in the upper range, impeccable legato, and flawless diction in both the English and French selections. In addition, her musicality and taste define her as a recitalist of whom to take notice."
Rafaelmusicnotes.com
"This beauty of it all will sweep you away."
Stereophile
"With Britten's cycle On this Island, Devos's sheer accuracy and panache outshines many sopranos on record."
BBC Music Magazine
"Jodie Devos' lyric-coloratura soprano voice serves this high-lying music to perfection."
Rafaelmusicnotes.com
"Devos's lovely, light soprano, beautiful throughout its range, grows especially enrapturing when she tempers her voice to a silver thread. (…)the beauty of it all will sweep you away."
Stereophile
"Devos's lovely, light soprano, beautiful throughout its range, grows especially enrapturing when she tempers her voice to a silver thread. (…)the beauty of it all will sweep you away."
Stereophile
"A charming recital by soprano Jodie Devos, sympathetically accompanied and recorded with luminous intimacy by Alpha."
Gramophone
"Listeners will get the most out of And Love Said if they fully embrace it for what it is, an entertaining and beautifully planned and performed mixed recital, chock full of unexpected delights. "
MusicWeb International