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Penguin Guide, January 2009

David Lloyd-Jones—at super-budget price on Naxos—upstages all competition. He gives a performances tingling with drama, yet with great delicacy. The opening scene is particularly atmospheric and the Saraband of the Sons of God brings a noble dignity, especially when it returns expansively on the full brass. There is much fine orchestral playing. The big climaxes bring a superb brass contribution, almost submerging the organ at the vision of Satan. The dance rhythms are caught superbly—bitingly so in Satan’s Dance of Triumph, genially Holstain in the Gilliard of the Sons of the Morning. The Epilogue is touchingly ethereal. The recording, made in Leeds town Hall, has an ideal spaciousness, yet combines vivid detail with glowing textures. For an encore the orchestral leader, David Gredd, provides an exquisitely delicate portrayal of The Lark Ascending, with a beautifully sustained closing pianissimo.


"the orchestral playing highly responsive...the sound is brilliant, and thrillingly wide-ranging"

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"this splendid new ENP/Lloyd-Jones recording supersedes any in my experience"

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