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Peter Dickinson
Gramophone, January 2002

"'Critics' Choice. The complete Lord Berners on CD was achieved with the release of Le carrosse du Saint-Sacrement based on a 1983 BBC Radio 3 recording - a real discovery in British comic opera."



Take Five
Gramophone, June 2001

"The performance is admirable, the diction immaculate."



Hubert Culot
The British Music Society, June 2001

"Berners' setting is fairly straightforward and the words are swiftly delivered without any respite. His clear and fairly sparse scoring allows for the words to be clearly heard throughout. I find the performance very satisfying: everyone sings and plays with obvious enjoyment. Again, Berners' temperament was obviously attuned to its times and his music partakes of the then prevailing mood of light-headedness and nonchalance. Nevertheless the present revival shows it to be much better than might be expected from a composer sometimes referred to as the 'English Satie', which I find totally wrong: Berners' music is often much finer than Satie's. These Marco Polo releases certainly help put things right again and are to be warmly welcomed."





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