English composers like Nicolas Lanier, John Wilson, and Henry Lawes modeled their poetic and refined songs on those of Italian precusors such as Monteverdi.
"Hargis’ and Paul O’Dette’s magical performances—or rather incarnation—of melancholy, regret, and love’s urgency … confirm that the 25-year partnership … has resulted in such a close rapport that each has become the ‘double’ of the other. The entire recording deserves the highest praise, including the unexpected and humorous 'dessert', Richard Rodgers’ 'My Funny Valentine'. (Five stars.)"—Goldberg
"The names of Ellen Hargis and Paul O’Dette carry with them a virtual guarantee of music-making of the very highest order, a promise irresistibly fulfilled by this release.... Buy it and prepare to be bewitched."—Fanfare
"No one even slightly familiar with the early music scene needs an introduction to either Miss Hargis or Mr. O’Dette; I expected an excellent production, and it is."—American Record Guide
"Hargis' lustrous voice has the clarity and ring of fine crystal. Lutenist O'Dette's refined technique lets his delicate instrument sing with the naturalness and ease of breathing. When the two artists make music together, they create magic."—Cleveland Plain Dealer