Ossian Huskinson - The Roadside Fire - Planet Hugill

This new disc reveals him to have a finely burnished and beautifully flexible bass voice, his fluidity and sense of line perhaps surprising given the deep dark tone, but he can also lighten things. His performance of RVW's Songs of Travel is notable for the wide variety of timbre that he brings to the piece, allied to remarkable dynamic range. Yes, the voice thrills in the climaxes but in the serious centre of the cycle in numbers six and seven, he can be finely intimate and gentle, even in the higher reaches. And his diction is very fine indeed; granted, I know the songs well, but the words come over all the time, allied to a sense of line that is admirable.

Planet Hugill
13 October 2022