"...this is an essential disc for lovers of English music."
Halderman - American Record Guide - July/August 1998
Performance **** Recording ****
"...The poems which are witty, racy and sometimes a little coarse, are performed with relish by Rigby, Shirley -Quirk with the London SymphonyChorus on fine form. The orchestral playing is excellent throughout ..."
Yorkshire Post - March 1998
"...Jane Scroop’s lament for the pet sparrow, a beautiful elegy for a mezzo-soprano, is winsomely sung by Jean Rigby. Elsewhere Richard Hickox has the London Symphony Chorus and the orchestra pulling out plenty of stops..."
Classic FM - April 1998
Performance **** Sound ****
"...the refinement of the LSO string playing under Hickox is magnificent, and the subtle textures of the scoring are beautifully captured."
Terry Barfoot - BBC Music Magazine - April 1998
"...Richard Hickox conducts a lively and poetic performance, brightly recorded and exceptionally well played and sung: chorus’s diction is particularly clear ...the strings and harp of the LSO make a sumptuous sound ."
Michael Kennedy - The Sunday Telegraph - 8 February 1998
"... the performances are superb ..."
Michael White - The Guardian - 16 January 1998