“a powerful, room-filling baritone who has the physical and vocal charisma to tame any wild woman”
“the Canadian baritone gave huge stature to Marcello through his vocal and acting expression”
“The timbre of baritone David Pike, nuanced and with a warm brilliance, gave an unexpected depth to the text. This singer, full of vigour, let the crescendos ring out and gave dramatic and religious intensity to the arioso"
"he gives the Songs of Travel a distinctively dramatic edge that really brings out this great cycle's stature, and that of Stevenson's verse - especially as his diction is exceptional ...a very fine disc. It's already had the good word from Sir Thomas Allen, and no wonder. Five Stars"
BBC Music Magazine
“It is a real pleasure to make the acquaintance of David John Pike on this quite superb recording. The singer has all the qualities that one looks for in this repertoire: a well-focused and steady delivery, imaginative response to the text, and a real sense of legato... This recital should draw in anyone who cares about British song and the future of British singing... comparisons with Shirley-Quirk and Terfel are not at all inappropriate when listening to artistry such as this. Recording of the Month"
“David Pike enraptured the audience with his profound baritone voice and almost cabaret extras... Mozart would have loved it”
"David Pike gave every dimension to the personality of Don Giovanni; his magnificent dramatic voice rendered the libretto with truth and brought to life the tragedy and secret fever within the character."
"...but above all, the voice of David Pike will stay with us, its powerful brilliance and dramatic character fit to embody the solemn exhortations of a prophet"
"first-rate solo work from baritone David Pike"
"baritone David John Pike impressed with his powerful, free and magnificently timbred voice... an eloquent baritone"
"Musical jewels from the other side of the Channel... an exemplary recording of this repertoire, to listen to with pleasure again and again."
"Pike showed an ability to muster power while retaining tonal beauty... Mr. Thiessen [natural trumpet] consistently achieves a level of high artistry, and Mr. Pike proved a worthy companion here."
New York Times
"With his sonorous and flexible baritone voice, David John Pike sings a programme of English songs with highly impressive style... he achieves a degree of emotional penetration not necessarily obvious with this repertoire. Pike finds the right voice, the right tone, for every song." Five stars
"...it is a musically oustanding plea and for David John Pike, an exquisite CD début."
NEWS AND EVENTS
22 August, recording session, Mahler, Kindertotenlieder, Konstantin Basilika, Trier, Germany
7 August, Butterworth/Gurney et al, Iain Burnside, l'Abbaye de St-Riquier sur Somme, France
7 August, Commémoration du centenaire de George Butterworth, Pozières, France
13 July, Mahler, Kindertotenlieder, David Briggs, O Porto, Portugal
1/2 July, Martinu, Epic of Gilgamesh, Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago
CD release, Whither must I wander?
as featured on British Airways High Life Entertainment
BBC Music Magazine - 5 Star Review
MusicWeb International - Recording of the Month/Year