This new recording of British music for oboe and strings features the highly gifted Jinny Shaw in three recent Concertos for oboe and string orchestra by John Joubert, Kenneth Leighton and John McCabe, alongside two other works for oboe and string trio by Benjamin Britten and Cecilia McDowall. Several of these works are receiving their world premiere recordings on this beautifully played and excellently balanced album. The Orchestra Nova, one of the more enterprising of British orchestras, is conducted by the much admired musician George Vass. An important record.
"... Shaw plays this music superbly, with a singing sound and some fine pianissimos. The orchestra sounds excellent, and the soloist and chamber players are balanced well. Cecilia McDowall’s quartet The Gentle Dove does open failry loudly with the strings, given its title."
Todd Gorman - American Record Guide - March/April 2014
"... no lover of English music can afford to pass up this superlatively produced and recorded release. Bravo!"
Paul A Snook - Fanfare - January/February 2014
"...Throughout, Jinny Shaw allies splendid musicianship to a virtuosic technique, with George Vass and Orchestra Nova the most sympathetic of partners. Similarly, the musicians making up the string trio, Sarah Trickey, Sarah-Jane Bradley and Bozidar Vukotic, are equally dedicated to their task. The recording is excellet in its immediacy and good balance ... music well worth getting to know."
Colin Anderson - International Record Review - July/August 2013