"... Paul Daniel, who must be the finest conductor Britain has produced for decades, captures the mood of nostalgia that permeates much of Armstrong’s music. The chorus sings with clarity of diction and a security that usually comes from a long association with the music ... The LPO also has that luminous quality, particularly in the warm and opulent string tone, it reserves for the great conductors in its life. The sonics are really out of the top drawer, and Anglophiles around the world shouls certainly add the disc to their collection."
David Denton - Fanfare - November/December 1998
"Here is an enjoyable centenary tribute to Sir Thomas Armstrong ...Paul Daniel draws an enthusiastic ... well-drilled response from his assembled forces ... Chandos’s engineering is characteristically ripe and spacious."
AA - Gramophone - November 1998
"...Well worth exploration."
The Sunday Telegraph - 13 September 1998
Performance ***** Sound *****
"...Soloists Stephen Varcoe and Janice Watson, with the LPO Choir, give touching performances, while the orchestra, on top form, is beautifully coaxed and controlled by Paul Daniel in the exquisite Sinfonietta, whose snatches of cor anglis prove hauntingly unforgettable."
Roderic Dunnett - BBC Music magazine - October 1998
"...The style is English pastorialism in its roots, and in these passionate performances the soul in the music comes thrillingly to life."
Robert Beale - Manchester Evening News - 31 July 1998
"... The performances are praiseworthy in everyway. Varcoe is particularly eloquent, all involved address the music with obvious commitment and affection... Chandos’s sound is up to its usual high standard."
Lucas - American Record Guide- July/August 1999
Performance **** Sound *****
"... this is unquestionably a valuable release. Excellent first recordings of music by a virtually unkown English twentieth century composer."
Terry Blain - Classic CD - September 1998
Performance **** Recording ****
"...Fine performances, superbly recorded..."
Yorkshire Post - August 1998
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