"... all the performances under Timothy Reynish’s clear-headed direction are sympathetic, and the sound is first-class through-out. Well worth hunting down."
Andrew Achenbach - Gramophone magazine - January 2014
"This is an outstanding CD ...The recording is wonderfully well balanced between the soloists and the Manchester Sinfonia. It is exciting to hear such vibrancy and clarity in every track, and the pieces by Sir John Manduell and Gordon Crosse complement each other brilliantly... Throughout the disc, [the] quality of musicality both in performance and composition is exquisitely balanced... Michael Cox handles every musical and artistic demand with complete command. No one who hears him can doubt the ability of this musician..."
Lisa Nelson - Pan - The Flute magazine
“ A fine recording from Metier of works by Gordon Crosse and John Manduell, giving further proof of the number of fine composers Britain has… some glorious music with distinctive textures and colours. The Manchester Sinfonia under Timothy Reynish gives wonderful performances throughout and the recordings made at St Thomas’ Church, Stockport, England are excellent.”
“The [Crosse] Viola Concerto is impressive and significant... I believe that this is one of the most important viola concertos in the catalogue. If I was seriously impressed by the [Manduell] Flutes Concerto, then the Double Concerto ‘took my breath away’. Manduell has created a diaphanous sound-world that is strikingly beautiful as well as being musically interesting. The performance of all five pieces on this CD is splendid. These are demanding works that are not in the standard repertoire, yet the soloists and the Manchester Sinfonia make them sound second nature. The CD sound quality is ideal and reflects the typically intimate nature of these works.”
John France - MusicWeb-International.com
“... This is a very rewarding pair of discs featuring music that, whilst certainly contemporary in nature, is immediately accessible and of genuine appeal - another significant release from Metier.”
Andrew Mayes - Recorder Magazine
“These recordings were made in the presence of the composers so there is the implication of authenticity to add to the evidence of what we hear. Crosse plays tribute to recorder player par excellence John Turner. [His works] sing to the ear. The Manchester Sinfonia manage some fairly testing string writing in great style. The Manduell disc offers up two beefy works. A substantial collection of concertante works ... much to stimulate among this temperate, argumentative and atmospheric music.”
Rob Barnett - Musicweb-International.com
“The three works [by Crosse] are thoughtful and expertly crafted. Michael Cox expertly negotiates the flourishes, harmonics, pitch bends and what not [in Manduell’s Flutes Concerto] ... in the Double Concerto Richard Simpson and Alison Teale do the westernized solo parts proud.”
Michael Round - International Record Review
"“I’ve been blown away by the poetry in [Crosse’s] Brief Encounter. The Concerto for viola and strings is a feast for the ears. Manduell gets fascinating sounds from the whole ensemble. The musicians play very well and the sound is good.”
Stephen Estep - American Record Guide - November/December 2013
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