"Dai Fujikura ... has already swept up many prizes, and worked with Boulez and Dudamel. Europe, he says, thinks of him as a Japanese composer. The sensuous, watery influences of Takemitsu, writ large, are certainly audible. He considers himself British and says writing slow, meditative gong music is against his nature. This lively east-west tension is evident in the five works here. Secret Forest (2008) is a riot of imaginative bird and insect noise – a private utopia well worth exploring’"
Fiona Maddocks - The Observer
"Exceptionally striking pieces, combining mastery of texture and form with a marvellous sense of compositional pacing and gesture. Secret Forest is especially sublime." *****
Christopher Dingle - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) - September 2012
"... All the performances do Fujikura proud in their unbridled commitment and attentiveness to the smallest nuance. David Toop provides an illuminating overview of his often unlikely evolution ... Natalie Braune’s cover artwork , too feels entirely appropriate as an adjunct to the music of one of the most distinctive and thought-provoking younger composers."
Richard Whitehouse - Gramophone magazine - Christmas Special edition - December 2012