"...the symphony presents few difficulties and offers much to delight, particularly the elegiac slow movement.Matthias Bamert conducts a splendid performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The later, serial Gerhard is to be heard in the Harpsichord Concerto (1956), virtuosically played by Geoffrey Tozer. This is a tough nut but one well worth cracking. It is music that knows where it is going and is very well crafted."
The Sunday Telegraph - 4 October 1998
Performance **** Sound *****
Andy Hamilton - Classic CD - December 1998
"...ther BBC Symphony offer a thrilling performance and Chandos’s engineering (as usual) is stellar..."
American Record Guide - March/April 1999
"...Chandos’s Gerhard series is a great gift to music, a heroic advocacy of a composer who deserves a major place in the histroy of this century’s music... The performances are flawless, and the sound is a perfect balance between fullness and clarity."
Robert Carl - Fanfare - April/May 1999
The Scotsman - 10 October 1998
Performance ***** Sound *****
"...Stunning craftsmanship, unmissable premiere recording."
Ates Orga - BBC Music magazine - March 1999