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Karl W. Nehring
Classical Candor, April 2019

The Sinfonietta is also well worth a listen. Playful and exuberant, it is arranged rather unusually: a theme and six variations are sandwiched between an opening Allegro con brio and a closing Allegro risoluto. Once again, the music is by turns playful and introspective, but always colorful and tuneful.

The recorded sound captured by the eminently reliable engineer Mike Hatch is well-balanced and enjoyable. © 2019 Classical Candor Read complete review

Philip Clark
Gramophone, July 2014

A gutsy, impassioned account of Moeran’s enigmatic symphony. © 2014 Gramophone

Penguin Guide, January 2009

The Naxos version, warmly and idiomatically conducted by David Lloyd-Jones, could hardly be more persuasive, well played by the Bournemouth Orchestra and treated to a full-range recording, with transparent textures bringing out the fine detail of the orchestration. The jolly, vigorous Sinfonietta, equally well played, makes an apt coupling. In the Symphony, Handley might be marginally more bitingly powerful, but this new version has a considerable price advantage and is certainly not second best.

The Editor
, December 2002

"I've really enjoyed the latest in Naxos's superb series of British orchestral music, the Symphony in G minor and the Sinfonietta by EJ Moeran. This, as AA wrote in October, is 'full of ravishing nature music', redolent of County Kerry in the Symphony and the Welsh Marches in the Sinfonietta. The Bournemouth Symphony under David Lloyd-Jones play with tremendous fervour. Treat yourself!"

Robert Baxter
Courier-Post, November 2002

"Naxos continues to explore repertory major labels ignore. New Naxos releases showcase the music of Ernest John Moeran.

Moeran's Symphony in G minor and Sinfonietta receive urgent performances from David Lloyd-Jones and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. This folk-flavored work abounds in soaring melodies and expressive effects, all caught deftly in this fine recording. The English composer's Sinfonietta is another appealing work."

Scott Cantrell
The Dallas Morning News, November 2002

"Such is the Anglophobia of the American musical establishment that we're unlikely ever to hear the music of Ernest John Moeran (1894-1950) in an American orchestra concert. But this is at least the fourth recording of the British composer's 1937 Symphony in G minor, and it proves yet again what a marvelous work it is. It's engagingly tonal, rhythmically vital and luxuriously orchestrated, with something of Sibelius' athletic, outdoorsy quality. The 1944 Sinfonietta is slighter in scale and more overtly populist, but no less finely wrought.

The Bournemouth orchestra (which Andrew Litton headed before moving to Dallas) lacks the lustrous violins of bigger-name ensembles, but it plays smartly and suavely for David Lloyd Jones. As with most of Naxos' British music series, the sound is audiophile quality, clear and spacious - the work of Mike Clements, one of the best recording engineers around. Grade A."

Bill Marsh
The Delian, October 2002

"David Lloyd-Jones continues his series of recordings of British music with these outstanding performances of Moeran's two magnificent orchestral works. Few would find fault with these performances or the recording. Get it by all means."

Music Week, September 2002

"This Naxos recording, marketed as the budget label's September disc of the month, draws its success from conductor David Lloyd-Jones's meticulous preparation and knowledge of the score. It excels thanks to the beautiful playing of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, especially in the symphony's slow movement and finale."

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