"The Tippett Quartet gets intimate with the shower scene in a thrilling chamber suite arrangement of Psycho. " ****
James McCarthy - Limelight Magazine - 30 June 2011
"There’s more to Bernard Herrmann than Psycho, thrillingly as its played here ... Recommended."
David Gutman - Gramophone - June 2011
"Across all three works, the Tippett Quartet lucidly communicates Hermann’s themes of mystery and paranoia..." ****
Anna Britten - Classic FM Magazine May 2011
"...Herrmann’s famous monochrome string score for Psycho is heard in a neat arrangement for double-tracked string quartet. The aggression is more of a shock when the microphones are placed this close; pizzicato notes have a powerful snap and it’s wonderful to hear Herrmann’s dissonant chords spelt out so clearly and cleanly. All three works are given exemplary performances by the Tippett Quartet and Julian Bliss’s liquid legato in the quintet is seductive."
TheArtsdesk.com - 26 February 2011
The Sunday Times - 23 January 2011
The Independent - 21 January 2011
I bought this album on an impulse, I suppose it was because I was intrigued with how Psycho had been adapted by Richard Birchall for string quartet. However once downloaded I first played the string quartet "Echoes". It's a really beautiful, moody work, haunting yet modern. Well played by the Tippett Quartet, the recording is equally good. Much encouraged by this first piece, I then listened to Souvenirs de Voyage for clarinet quintet. Once more I found this piece also very attractive and very well played (clarinetist Julian Bliss). Full marks so far. The third and final work is the suite from Psycho arranged for string quartet. Of course this doesn't quite hold together as a quartet (I really didn't expect it to). But it is crafted superbly by Birchall. Again, fine playing and recording. I'm caught hook, line and sinker. Love it, a real gem of an album, hence 5 stars!