Sergio Castello Lopez (clarinet), Ewan Easton (tuba), Jennifer Galloway (oboe), Paul Janes (piano), Katy Jones (trombone), Tim Pooley (viola), Gareth Small (trumpet), Yuri Torchinsky (violin), Amy Yule (flute)
Existing admirers of the composer need not hesitate to add this well-recorded and produced release to their collection. For those who have yet to discover his rewarding musical voice, it makes an excellent introduction.
Musical Opinion, July 2021
A strong group of soloists drawn from the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic orchestras bring erudition, vitality and interpretive understanding to all this music. I found every piece and movement splendidly played and interpreted.
John France, MusicWeb International, May 2021
A midcentury British style runs through… Brass enthusiasts familiar with his concertos for horn, trombone, and tuba will enjoy the brass works here, as they are some of the best… This is delightful stuff.
Nathan Faro, American Record Guide, September 2021
This collection was a joy to listen to, and the recorded sound captures everything with clarity and dynamics. Hats off to pianist Paul Janes, who did the heavy lifting in this recital.
Mark Novak, Fanfare, November 2021
The disc as a whole makes for a superb introduction to his art …. The repertoire includes his effective Op 1, the delightful Sonata for oboe and piano (1965); while it sounds undeniably English in Style, there is a deal of French refinement in the writing, with touches of blues and Latin rhythms in places.
… All the performances are beautifully prepared with committed playing from the principals of the BBC Philharmonic and Hallé Orchestras … Naxos’ sound is first rate.
Guy Rickard’s, Klassisk.com, March 2022
A strong group of soloists drawn from the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic orchestras bring erudition, vitality and interpretive understanding to all this music. I found every piece and movement splendidly played and interpreted. Naxos’s sound recording is excellent. The liner notes by Paul Hindmarsh are extensive and provide all the information required for enjoyment of this eclectic and wide-ranging music.
John France, MusicWeb International