Beggars Opera Touching the Edge RGS 9475 2008
More surreal songs, including the awesome Auschwitz., where searing guitar meets operatic vocals set to a tercet from Dante’s Inferno.
“Gardiner obviously plays just for himself, for his thoughts, not to show off his skills but to let his feelings out. Little by little guitar gets higher and higher and starts to weep… It cries and it soars.
Suddenly the sound becomes sparse and breaks down. From beyond in flies Virginia’s soprano chanting Dante’s verses and then – guitar returns, this time going low. It sings and stumbles and stumbles again as a wounded bird..”
Dmitry Epstein Let it Rock 1998