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Linn Records is thrilled to introduce soprano Rowan Pierce in what promises to be a sensational debut recording. The Cares of Lovers comprises songs from across Purcell’s brief career from She loves and she confesses too, one of his very first published pieces (1683), to Sweeter than roses from his final months (1695). Although they all display the same matchless ingenuity and uncanny ability to set English words to music, a highlight includes Tell me, some pitying angel – a triumph of dramatic composition and the equal of any Italian cantata of the period. Since winning the President’s Award at the Royal College of Music in 2017, Pierce has won acclaim for her performances at The Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and at the BBC Proms. Her performance in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, with the Academy of Ancient Music, won praise for her ‘expressive’ (Financial Times) and ‘heart-piercing’ (The Independent) singing. Richard Egarr and William Carter, two baroque music heavy-weights, join Pierce for this recording, made in Haarlem, Netherlands.

"The Academy of Ancient Music's William Carter and Richard Egarr’s experience and improvisational skills add hugely to the enjoyment of the recital, and Purcell is an excellent choice for Pierce’s clean, clear voice and the simplicity with which she projects the texts."
BBC Radio 3
"Coy flirtation and innocent or arch romantic yearnings (‘She loves and she confesses too’, ‘Hears not my Phillis’, ‘Dear pretty youth’) suits her best…realisations by Richard Egarr and William Carter are exemplary."
"Pierce's voice is delicious: clear, strong, supple, with sparkling top notes and a warm, textured middle and low register. She's mistress of her words, bending vowels and clipping consonants to maximise rhetoric. - Performance 3* / Recording 4*"
BBC Music Magazine
"Pierce uses a highly effective range of vocal colours, ranging from a deliberately blanched tone to a much fuller and richer sound and she successfully walks the thin line between sounding either too sophisticated or too guileless. Her diction is outstanding. Additional colour is provided by Richard Egarr on the harpsichord and William Carter on the lute and theorbo, apparently a deliberately restricted choice of accompaniment in order to maximise a restricted palette."
Opera Now
"Pierce's rather pure tone works well because it's suited to the intimate treatment the songs receive here...Quiet and highly enjoyable."
"Rowan Pierce has a beautifully flexible, sweet, and technically secure instrument at her disposal which she employs with musicality and intelligence."
Early Music Review, April 2019
"As in her best performances on this disc she has an engaging directness and concentration."
MusicWeb International, May 2019
"... the vocal personality of Rowan Pierce emerges in all its quality and energy, and thanks to the accuracy of the declamation of poetic verses, Purcell's songs reveal all their theatrical potential."
Giornale della Musica, 12 February 2020