"Naxos is going head to head with Chandos in English repertoire, and while British critics no doubt will circle the wagons in defense of their home-grown product, the fact is that this newcomer beats the Brits at their own game... In short, this recording offers top quality in both performance and sonics irrespective of price, and makes the perfect starting point for anyone interested in sampling the work of this lusciously Romantic composer."
"David Lloyd-Jones is an urgent and sympathetic conductor, drawing from the RSNO a quality of playing that vibrantly reflects the orchestration's sumptuousbess and translucence, and the music's passionate anguish... Cohesive, propulsion and evocative atmosphere are dynamically united in this performance."
Duncan Hadfield , June 1999
"His [Bax's] Second Symphony... receives a pristine reading by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra... The various orchestral threads are sharply delineated... A considerable achievement."