"... beautifully orchestrated, and here receives an ideally warm, aptly sensuous performance under Hickox..."
Edward Greenfield - Gramophone - August 1998
"...The 10 works on this disc show him [William Lloyd Webber]to have been a composer of distinctive quality wo could rise to ecstatic heights... The most moving of the lovely choral pieces is Princeps pacis, a short mass written for Westminster vathedral choir in 1962 ... Chandos deserve our thanks for bringing this beautiful music back into circulation."
The Sunday Telegraph - 7 June 1998
"... a revelation: partly because the music ...is so memorably well crafted... Hearing this disc, even the most sceptical listener would have to admire the seductive gift for melody..."
Michael White - Independent on Sunday - 19 June 1998
"...I find WLW’s music appealing myself; his writing ... is succinct and graceful, particularly in the church pieces that conclude this disc ...Chandos has rounded up some top-notch performers to play it for this collection ..."
Raymond - American Record Guide - November/December 1998
Performance **** Sound *****
"... instrumentalists ... give committed and passionate performances ... his[W Lloyd Webber]music is quietly distinctive and many will find it moving, evocative and well-wrought..."
Roderick Swanston - Classic CD - October 1998
"Glowingly atmospheric recordings as ever from Chandos and pleasing performances - with Tasmin Little quite outstanding ..."
Julian Haylock - Hi-Fi News & Reviews - January 1999
"... beautifully performed and recorded ... music of winning openness." ****
The Guardian - 12 June 1998
"...Seldom have I been given a CD to review which provided such unexpected delight, the Serenade for Strings is a work or rare beauty ...Performances and recording are excellent."
DWe - The Organ - August 1998
"...The first five listed works in the heading for orchesta, quite superbly performed by the City of London Sinfonia, conducted by Richard Hickox. The very fine tone poem Aurora features some outstanding woodwind playing ... Julian Lloyd Webber joins Skaila Kanga in the Nocturne from the oratorio St Francis of Assisi a gentle, comforting piece, and the violinist, Tasmin Little, provides a sweetly lyrical account of Benedictus. To add icing to the cake, we have some delightful London schoolchildren providing the innocent charms of Jesus, Dear Jesus ... The Sound quality is outstanding."
David Denton - Fanfare - November/December 1998
"Here is a magnificent disc of gorgeous works ... Hickox controls everything magnificently."
The Delian - September 1998