11.22.14Seraphic Fire: Candlelight Carols CD Now Available
I was so pleased to join Seraphic Fire last season and record this album of
both new and treasured Christmas carols. Featuring the stellar harpist
Jacqueline Kerrod, "Candlelight Carols" is a perfect complement to both
holiday gatherings and chilly nights by a cozy fire.
10.27.14Initial Praise for Great Wonder
“One would be hard put to find as fine a collection of lute songs as these. The
voice of soprano Amanda Sidebottom is crystalline in its clarity. She uses just
a touch of ornamentation, always discreetly and tastefully. She has a fine
sense of both text and musical rhythm with which she interprets the various
bits of word painting with exquisite beauty. Lutenist Erik Ryding is the perfect
partner, providing a solid and sensitive accompaniment. His rhythmic acumen
is excellent, especially in the various inner voices, all of which are clear and
distinct. In short, this is an outstanding disc, and though there are other
recordings of many of the songs, this is a collection that should be a must
have for those who admire the wealth of music found in the English lute song."
—Bertil van Boer, Fanfare
08.24.14Well Tuned Words Releases Great Wonder
Recorded during the celebrations of the 450th anniversary of John Dowland’s
birth, this collection by Well-Tuned Words—Amanda Sidebottom, soprano,
and Erik Ryding, lute—gathers together some of Dowland’s best-loved songs,
along with those of his renowned contemporaries Thomas Campion and John
"The voice of soprano Amanda Sidebottom is crystalline in its clarity."