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Penguin Guide, January 2009

…what Lloyd-Jones has done with the Naxos version is to go back to Walton’s original with only a modest expansion of forces, and the result in his brilliant performance, helped by refined recording, is greater transparency. Far from seeming thin the impact is sharper the in the earlier, more opulent version. This is vintage Walton, consistently fresh, defying any unevenness of invention, culminating in a radiant Passacaglia. One hopes the success of the disc will encourage the revival of the original ballet with its Piper sets.

Like Thomson, Lloyd-Jones couples The Quest with the suite from a ballet that Walton wrote earlier in the war, The Wise Virgins, orchestrating movements from Bach cantatas, including Sheep may Safely Graze. Again Lloyd-Jones’s performance, at faster speeds, more effectively brings out the sharpness of orchestration which, so far from being inflated, gives off electric sparks. The brief interlude fro strings, Siesta,one of Walton’s earliest orchestral pieces, makes an attractive supplement.

Edward Greenfield
Gramophone, July 2002

"The liveliness and the atmospheric colours of the work completely outweigh any dilution of inspiration, and this new recording will delight anyone who responds to Walton's characterful style...At speeds consistently faster and tauter than those on the Chandos version, Lloyd-Jones far more effectively brings out the sharpness of Walton's instrumentation of Bach, as one commentator said, 'giving off electric sparks', just as Walton himself did in a vintage mono recording with the Sadler's Wells orchestra...Another outstanding disc in the Naxos Walton series."

Anthony Burton
BBC Music Magazine, July 2002

"It has some good, tuneful, occasionally dramatic music which deserves revival, especially in the composer's centenary year. And, using Walton's original scoring for the first time on disc, David Lloyd-Jones and the ENP make the best possible case for it."

David Hurwitz, June 2002

Lloyd-Jones' performance of The Wise Virgins similarly brings a cleaner focus and greater rhythmic tension to Walton's sensitive orchestration of the Bach originals (largely drawn from the cantatas) than his direct rival. Toss a charming, wry Siesta into the pot, and the result pretty soundly eclipses the competition and makes this the best installment yet in Naxos' generally first rate Walton series...If you care about Walton, or enjoy Diaghilev-style ballets of moderate length but great orchestral color and harmonic sophistication, you owe it to yourself to hear this terrific recording.

Richard Wigmore
The Daily Telegraph (Australia), June 2002

"This brilliant atmospheric performance from the English Northern Philharmonia under David Lloyd-Jones is all the more welcome for presenting the work for the first time in the composer's original orchestration...A colorful addition to the centenary junketings."

David Hurwitz, June 2002

Music Week, June 2002

"Thanks to ideally-placed conducting from David Lloyd-Jones and spirited playing, this disc brings a surprisingly neglected score to vivid life."

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