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Thomas McClain
American Record Guide, April 2002

"This... offers an attractive mix of 20th Century music, most from the second half of the century... All this is played to a fare-thee-well by the strings of the Royal Ballet. Their tone and ensemble rival the best of the better-known British orchestras, and conductor David Lloyd-Jones keeps everything flowing smoothly. His tempos and dynamics are well chosen, and his rapport with the ensemble is excellent. The Naxos engineers do their part with clean, warm, balanced sound that enhances our enjoyment of the music. The packaging is attractive, and Philip Lane's notes are informative and well-written, as usual with Naxos... All in all I found this a highly enjoyable release."

Bill Marsh
The Delian, March 2002

"The third installment in this series is another big winner. David Lloyd-Jones has a sure hand with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia in music of this type... The sound is captured in St. Paul's, New Southgate, London is just about as good as it gets. A distinguished release."

Stephen Johnson
BBC Music Magazine, February 2002

"The only well-known item here is the Brook Green Suite -- Holst at his most likeable, and as skillful as ever. It's also the outstanding piece on this disc, though there's plenty to enjoy in the others... The Royal Ballet Sinfonia's playing under David Lloyd-Jones communicates warmth and enthusiasm..."

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MusicWeb International, November 2001

"Martelli, Blezard, Montgomery and Hurd make this a thoroughly recommendable anthology."

Michael Jameson, November 2001

This is the third volume in Naxos' mini-series "English String Miniatures", bringing further pleasingly recorded offerings from David Lloyd-Jones and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia...In all, this is an interesting program complemented by the same warm, natural recording ambience found on the earlier issues in the series. Recommended.

Edward Greenfield

"Most striking of all are Michael Hurd's Sinfonia concertante for violin and strings (Robert Gibbs the soloist) with its lovely central Andante and bouncing finale, and Bruce Montgomery's Concertino, again with warmly expressive central slow movement and an energico, yet lyrical finale. With David Lloyd-Jones conducting the Royal Ballet Sinfonia the performances are predictably spirited, as they are richly expressive, and the full, bright Naxos recording does them justice. Most enjoyable."

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