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Review: Cardiff University Concert Series, Concert Hall

Africa (text by David Diop)
Claire Booth (soprano) and Andrew Matthews-Owen (piano)

Guardian 3.12.2009

Claire Booth is one of the most satisfying sopranos of her generation, with a creamy, evenly balanced tone, and an intelligence that makes her the most perceptive of interpreters in everything from baroque to contemporary. It would be hard to have too much of her lovely voice…In the last work, Robert Fokkens’s Afrika, Booth…judged perfectly the progress from deceptively minimalistic opening to the powerful emotional thrust of poet David Diop’s final words, the bitter, bitter taste of freedom