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Thomas McClain
American Record Guide, October 2002

"All of this is played with spirit and excellent tone quality by the Northern Sinfonia...Conductor David Lloyd-Jones sets sensible tempos and maintains them, and the music blooms. The recording is all anyone could ask for - clear, warm, lifelike. Throw in excellent notes, attractive packaging, and the Naxos price, and you have a deal that's hard to pass by."

Andrew Achenbach
Gramophone, July 2002

"Here's a most pleasing hour's worth of British string music...Lively, tuneful and undemanding offerings by Peter Hope and Paul Lewis frame this diverting concert which is delivered with trim polish and keen dedication by the Northern Sinfonia under David Lloyd-Jones's affectionate lead. Very good sound too."

Anthony Burton
BBC Music Magazine, July 2002

"Naxos's collection benefits from outstandingly assured and responsive playing by the Northern Sinfonia strings, under the experienced David Lloyd-Jones, and an excellent recording."

Audiophile Audition, June 2002

"Music for strings has long been popular in British concert halls, and this is the fourth in a series devoted to such works, both by well-known and unfamiliar composers. The works on this CD are of a lighter nature and tend to show influences of folk song and dance of the British Isles...The string tone of the Northern Sinfonia is elegant and captured well on the recording."

Raymond Tuttle
Classical Net

"Naxos' series of 'English String Miniatures' continues to delight the senses with both pastoral and sophisticated invention. Some of the music is semi-familiar (the Holst, the Delius), much of it is obscure, and all of it is agreeable and unassuming...Conductor Lloyd-Jones gives each work the attention it deserves, and there is no feeling of routine or mere dutifulness in these performances. The Northern Sinfonia, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, makes a good impression with its clean playing and sensitivity. Naxos' warm engineering is finer than it was on the previous volume, which was slightly marred by overly resonant sound."

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