"...Not all of Britten’s music is as easily digestive as the works on this CD.It is a lovely program, well played and recorded ..."
Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - July/August 2005
"The Trois aquarelles for flute, cello, and piano comprise the most substantial piece on this disc, lasting nearly a quarter hour, and they’re so lovely that it’s almost painful. Also noteworthy: the sexy little Divertissement grec for two flutes and harp, and the charming Suite in four movements that concludes the disc. But really, if you like any of it, you’ll love all of it. Boston Symphony Orchestra flutist Fenwick Smith plays these pieces with a big, full tone and complete absence of irritating breathiness. In the Divertissement, he and his BSO colleague Jacques Zoon play wooden flutes, and his fellow musicians support him admirably. Pianist Sally Pinkas makes a particularly considerate partner, managing to characterize her playing quite well without overwhelming the flute in climactic passages. The sonics also do full justice to Smith’s limpid tone and offer excellent balances between the various performers...this is a delightful disc by any standard, and one that works equally well as a light background or as an engaging foreground."
David Hurwitz - ClassicsToday.com - March 2004
"Steuart Bedford brings the keenest intelligence and intuitive feeling to everything here. The anthology spans the whole of Britten’s career. The Temporal Variations of 1936, originally for oboe and piano, are effectively scored for strings by Colin Matthews—as, for that matter is his orchestration of A Charm of Lullabies of 11 years later. The elegiac, valedictory Suite on English Folk Tunes is touching and affecting, and Bedford’s is the finest reading of it in the current catalogue. All the soloists are impeccable and the disc fills an important gap in the Britten discography with real distinction, to say nothing of economy." *** - Key Note Recording
Penguin Guide - January 2009
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