"...Everything is beautifully written for the instruments - there is never a sense of straining for effort, never the slightest loss of poise - yet the music throbs with rhythmic vitality and expansive lyricism. These admirable qualities are rendered with sensitive musicianship and the joy of discovery by the performers and captured in Chandos’s dependably vivid, natural sonics. This is a wonderful disc that all lovers of chamber music should hear."
Lehman - American Record Guide - July/August 1998
"...Recommended to all musical Anglophiles."
Paul A Snook - Fanfare - July/August 1998
"...Its a CD to return to again and again. Good performances all round ..."
The Delian - April 1998
"...The Sorrel Quartet gives a sensitive and refined performance ... Lydia Mordkovitvh and Julian Milford give a fine reading of the Violin Sonata ... Milford giving excellent support throughout ..."
Catherine Nelson - The Strad - July 1998
"...Her [Carwithen] emergence from neglect is welcome and deserved, and all the players on this admirably recorded disc serve her well."
Michael Oliver - Classic CD - March 1998
’Classical CD of the Week’
"...Her [Carwithen] two string quartets were written half a century ago, and fully merit the spirited championship which the Sorrel Quartet here extends. Carwithen herself a cellist, writes inventively and sensitively for the instruments with textural interest, sinewy themes and powerful impetus. The later violin sonata is a passionate outpouring, strong and purposeful ... In this chamber music her talents are potently distilled."
Geoffrey Norris - The Daily Telegraph - 31 January 1998
"...Lydia Mordkovitch and Julian Milford play the sonata as if they had been doing it for years ... and the same applies to the excellent Sorrel Quartet. It goes without saying that Chandos’s sound is spot on."
Tempo - October 1999
With Julian Milford an outstanding partner… brings out the warmth and the high dramatic contrasts of the writing.