Eric Ferring, Madeleine Slettedahl, and Quatuor Agate’s We have tomorrow is a featured release on Textura!
“A major selling-point for Eric Ferring’s follow-up to his debut release No Choice but Love is, naturally, the American tenor’s voice. When performing songs by Barber, Brahms, Beach, and others, he delivers them with authority in a way that’s commanding but not overbearing and tender yet strong. In terms of articulation and vibrato, he demonstrates exceptional control without ever sounding stiff. His voice is, put simply, a remarkable instrument that helps explain why the Iowa-born Ferring has made such considerable professional strides while still early in his singing career. … He’s helped greatly by the sensitive accompaniment of his longtime collaborator, pianist Madeline Slettedahl and, on a number of pieces, the Paris-based ensemble Quatuor Agate… Particularly memorable are “Avant que tu ne t’en ailles,” for the Debussy-like sparkle of its piano chords and dreamlike aura, and the celebratory “L’hiver a cessé,” but they’re hardly the only ones that leave an impression. Even when the tenor and Slettedahl are joined by Quatuor Agate, the music never loses its intimate quality. Enhanced by informative liner notes by Roger Pines, Ferring’s sophomore release maintains the high standard set by No Choice but Love whilst also capturing the tenor’s broad range. That he’s a sought-after commodity by many of today’s top opera companies is easily accounted for by the high calibre of the performances on the seventy-seven-minute We have tomorrow.”—Ron Schepper, Textura