This CD is no longer available – it was re-released on the Naxos label in 2010: see updated entry
The colourful world of Matisse is matched in Edward Gregson’s quasi impressionistic orchestral version (difficult to imagine in the original piano and recorder version) – the luxurious second movement is a kind of L’apres midi, but with a more introspective faun. This set of ‘Matisse Impressions’ uses the recorder less as a soloist than as a concertante element in the overall tapestry of fauviste colour.
Colin Scott-Sutherland, Classical Music on the Web, 2000
Edward Gregson conducts his own piece, which at one point sexily adds cymbals and harp to the strings in his Matisse impression with a Baudelairean subtitle – Luxe, calme et volupte.
Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review, May 2000
Recorder - John Turner Orchestra - Royal Ballet Sinfonia Edward Gregson (conductor)