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Richard Hanlon
MusicWeb International, August 2019

The playing of the Suoni Ensemble is expert and committed throughout, though Gerard Presencer’s fluent and natural trumpet playing is the highlight for me. Dacapo’s recording is warmly sympathetic and detailed. Marilyn Mazur’s percussion part, much of which is more restrained and nuanced than might be expected, has been caught handsomely. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review

The Northern Echo, May 2019

A perfect introduction to music for youngsters. © 2019 The Northern Echo

David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2019

I don’t know how, when I was still in my childhood, I came to know Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Red Shoes, but I recall finding it very deeply disturbing. The years have not changed my distaste for the story of the little girl in the red shoes who has her feet chopped off, but it has now drawn a response in a musical score from the British composer, Siobhan Lamb, who finds a secondary meaning that would give it a new slant, as she now explains in the enclosed booklet. In nine scenes she pictures the many vicissitudes of the young Karen, who eventually finds peace in her life without her feet. It lasts for almost fifty minutes, and is scored for a small ensemble of cello, percussion, tap dancer, harp, and trumpet. I am not sure why it is so heavily laced with orientalism, but the dance scenes are invigorating and tuneful, while the cello has a solo of considerable beauty in the third picture, The Church. The Copenhagen International Children’s Choir have the main role in the second picture, The ‘No’ Song. The composer, who studied at London’s Royal Academy of Music, has already a catalogue of compositions commissioned by leading European ensembles, and she is also the group’s flautist and the disc’s Recording Producer. That level of involvement gives the disc a benchmark status. © 2019 David’s Review Corner

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