Reviewers Choice top discs for 1998
"...delightful disc ..."
Michael Stewart - Gramophone - December 1998
"The latest Bax installment on Chandos features premiere recordings of a host of chamber works unfamiliar to most of us. All attractive pieces played very well. The sound in Orford Church is good... This is a very satisfying program worthy of your attention..."
The Delian - September 1998
"...The interpretations by members of the Academy of St martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble ... are splendidly servent yet precise in a very idiomatic manner, and Chandos’s close and detailed miking allows one to hear and follow each and every strand and inflection in Bax’s supercharged syntax. A must not only for all Baxians but also for all lovers of the English nativist school."
Paul A Snook - Fanfare - July/August 1998
"...There is so much diversity of ideas and tone colours throughout all five works that I listened in rapt concentration throughout. The general neglect of such marvellous music is nonsensical."
Bill Newman - Hi-Fi News and Record Review - July 1998
Performance **** Sound *****
Ian MacDonald - Classic CD - June 1998
Performance ***** Sound *****
"Commentators have claimed that the best of Bax lies in his chamber works, particularly for sextet or larger ensembles. These premiere recordings distinguished by fine performances, are perfect examples..."
Ian Lace - BBC Music Magazine - June 1998
"...This really is a wholly exceptional disc - not just for the rarity of the pieces - everything here is recorded for the first time, but for the outstanding quality of the performances, and especially Fingerhut herself..."
Record Review - March/April 1998
"...No praise can be too great for the palpable dedication and sensitively of these performances, which have been accorded Chandos sound of wonderful transparency and warmth. In every way, a delightful release."
AA - Gramophone - May 1998
Performance ***** Recording *****
"... Wonderfully evocative music, superb recording quality."
Yorkshire Post - March 1998
The Guardian - 27 February 1998