"...The playing of the Locrian Ensemble is sensitive to the composer’s idiom, and champions his cause in a way which, one would hope, should increase his standing on the international concert stage. The recording is nicely balanced and warmly colourful, fairly close to the instruments, but without that glaring sharpness in the strings which can sometimes be tiring on the ears. If you like your chamber music with a Brahmsian feel, not too heavily romantic and wallowing but with plenty of expressive lyrical line and musical ‘oomph’, then this release deserves your attention."
Dominy Clements - MusicWeb - 11 May 2007
"...The Locrian Ensemble – violinist Rita Manning, cellist Justin Pearson and pianist Katherine Rockhill – plays with restrained passion and pure-toned eloquence that strikes right to the heart of these elusive yet richly rewarding scores. Manning and Pearson demonstrate a special empathy for Andreae’s yearning phrases, most notably in the haunting Molto adagio of the Second Trio. In even the most heated passages they tantalisingly maintain an appropriate chamber scale, further enhanced by Michael Ponder’s velvet-gloved engineering."
Julian Haylock - Strad - August 2007
"...Depending on the repertoire, the Locrian Ensemble can be a larger group, though of course just three of its members participate here. The difficulty in reviewing performances of unfamiliar music is that one lacks a reference point. Having said that, I don’t feel that anything is missing from this recording. Rita Manning, Justin Pearson and Kathy Rockhill are solid musicians and it is obvious that they listen very closely to each other. The blend and the balance are excellent. I can imagine this music played more effusively, but I don’t think that it needs it; Andreae’s paired lilies need no gilding. Guild’s warm, honest engineering makes a superb CD even more recommendable. Get this!"
Raymond S. Tuttle - International Record Review - June 2007
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