"Howells’s Rhapsodic Quintet for clarinet and string quartet is one of the most beautiful clarinet works of the 20th century. Robert Plane, the clarinet of the talented group Mobius, plays with a ravishing range of tone and natural warmth, well supported by the string quartet led by Philippe Honore. Plane is also the brilliant soloist in Howells’s even more ambitious Clarinet Sonata of 1946, more angular and percussive than one expects from Howells. Honore is the violinist with the pianist Sophia Rahman in the powerful Violin Sonata 3, written for Albert Sammons in 1923 after a visit by the composer to Canada, inspired by the rugged grandeur of the Rockies. The Prelude for Harp and the Near-Minuet for Clarinet and Piano are attractive make-weights for a superb disc, compelling in every way and vividly recorded." ****
Penguin Guide - January 2009
"...Rewarding repertoire, handsomely served by this talented, multi-national ensemble."
Andrew Achenbach - Gramophone magazine - June 2004
"...The members of mobius, an ensemble new to me, play all these pieces extremely well and with fine feeling. They are recorded in good sound and, as I’ve said, Andrew Burn provides informative notes which introduce very well music that will be unfamiliar to most listeners. This illuminating CD casts fresh light on a composer who was much more than a writer of church music. I enjoyed it very much and I strongly recommend it to fellow enthusiasts for English music."
John Quinn - MusicWeb-International.com - January 2005
"They [Howells’ chamber music] are essentially lyrical in tone, though at times showing surprising muscularity, and at others withdrawing into a realm of mystical serenity. All these qualities are evident in the fine Rhapsodic Quintet of 1919, which is well played by Mobius."
Anthony Burton - BBC Music Magazine - June 2004
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