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Turok’s Choice, March 2002

"Lloyd-Jones leads the English Northern Philharmonia in an attractive disc containing string miniatures."

John C Mckelvey
American Record Guide, August 2001

"...They are splendidly played by the excellent English Northern Philharmonia and are lovingly portrayed by its talented conductor. Naxos moreover offers sound of exceptional clarity, balance, and presence. At its love asking price this is hard to beat and easy to recommend."

Scott Cantrell
The Dallas Morning News, May 2001

"Between Muzak and much of what now passes for classical radio, we've made music far too enveloping - and bland - an accompaniment to life. But, there's room for music actually meant for easy listening, and this collection provides an easygoing 69 minutes worth. Imagine yourself sipping tea in an English garden on a lovely spring afternoon and you­Ýll be right in tune...most of the fare here is little known. Vaughan Williams' Charterhouse Suite is a real find, but suites by Haydn Wood and Geoffrey Bush are charmers too. Performances are attentive and expressive and the sound is fine."

Victor Carr Jr., April 2001

"Volume 2 of Naxos' English String Miniatures series is almost 70 minutes of pleasantly idyllic music, lovingly rendered by the English Northern Philharmonia under David Lloyd-Jones. The majority of the works are of the pastoral variety, most notably Vaughan Williams' Charterhouse Suite and Haydn Wood's Fantasy-Concerto. Also in this vein are John Ireland's Holy Boy, which began life as a Christmas song, and Frank Bridge's Roger de Coverly. Bridge also provides adaptations of two old English songs, Sally in our Alley, and Cherry Ripe (there's a great title for a Prince tune!).

"Darker clouds appear on the scene in Elgar's elegiac Sospiri (which translates as "sighs"), and Peter Warlock's somber yet beautiful Serenade. An earlier epoch is evoked in Geoffrey Bush's quaint Consort Music, a series of songs based on styles popular at the time of Prince Albert. In all, this is a consistent program that makes for great relaxation after a hard day, but one that also can be enjoyed strictly for its musical value. Fine recorded sound caps this delightful production."

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