Of the composers responsible for the renaissance in English music around the turn of the century, Butterworth, Parry and Bridge deserve greater mention than is commonly accredited to them. Before Butterworth’s life was tragically cut short by the First World War, he produced some of the finest romantic music written in England. Powerful climaxes and soft lyrics, based on beautiful folk melodies combine to make ’A Shropshire Lad’ and ’The Banks of Green Willow’ works of undeniable dramatic strength. Coupled with these are Parry’s stylish ’Lady Radnor Suite’ and Frank Bridge’s generous and expansive ’Suite for Strings’ - largely undiscovered repertoire but totally refreshing and invigorating.
"...in the complete sets of Butterworth orchestral music Boughton is the conductor who best captures the magic of the scores. For these readings alone, this disc remains an essential component of any collection of English music."
Paul Corfield Godfrey - MusicWeb-International.com - 12 September 2012
"...Beautifully played and recorded this disc of English music offers fine performances of sympathy and expression. The players of the English String Orchestra under William Boughton have an appealing timbre and impressive unison. This winning Nimbus CD should be in the collection of every lover of English music."
Michael Cookson - MusicWeb-International.com - 27 July 2012
"Parry’s Lady Radnor’s Suite, a favourite with Sir Adrian Boult, is a charming piece of time travelling that doesn’t sound like pastiche. The movements have the titles familiar from Bach suites - Allemande, Bourrêe, Gigue, etc.- and all are delightfully graceful in style. The Parry revival grows apace and it is pleasant to hear him in relaxed mood, though never over-stepping the bounds of good taste. I do not know another piece of music that seems so saturated with the tragedy of the First World War as Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad Rhapsody. I suppose, knowing that he was killed in action, the listener is programmed to supply the appropriate emotional reaction, but I venture to think anyone coming to it fresh, with no background knowledge, would sense its pathos. If ever a man composed his own requiem, Butterworth did in this poignant and beautiful work. The other pieces are based on folk-songs, but it is the rhapsody that convinces us we lost a potentially great composer. The performances exceptional, the recording good."
"The Nimbus collection is generous and certainly well chosen. Here Bridge’s Suite receives a lively and responsive performance from William Boughton and his excellent Birmingham-based orchestra, treated to ample, sumptuous atmospheric recording..."
The Penguin Guide