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Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, January 2015

Those familiar with the Phantasy-Quintet will not be disappointed by this performance. Bass clarinetist Timothy Lines has a rich tone and a wonderfully relaxed, fluid style that fits in beautifully with Archaeus. The result is a satisfying performance of this work, which richly deserves wider hearing and appreciation. This disc is a winner from start to finish… © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Stephen Greenbank
MusicWeb International, December 2014

The performances are in first-class sound quality, set in a warm and sympathetic acoustic. Balance between individual instruments could not have been bettered. The Archaeus Quartet have done much to champion lesser known composers…This is a must for chamber music lovers. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Jeremy Dibble
Gramophone, December 2014

…within these clean-cut frameworks, the thematic and harmonic world is a passionately romantic one, full of nostalgia and inner melancholy, aspects of the music not lost on the Archaeus Quartet, whose full tone brings life to these neglected and technically challenging scores. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Nick Barnard
MusicWeb International, October 2014

The Archaeus Quartet give energetically committed performances throughout the disc…

Timothy Lines is a fine and accomplished player…[in the Phantasy Quintet] he plays with a lyrical ease which defies any sense that this is a clumsy or leaden instrument.

The engineering of the disc is good in a neutral and unfussy way. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2014

…the Second Quartet is a very outgoing score…the opening two movements having an almost erotic intensity before Bowen embarks on a fast and lighthearted finale with the feel of an Irish Jig. Certainly it is far from easy to play…though I am sure the composer would have been delighted with the passion of their playing…the Third…[is described] as ‘typically early 19th century British’, with its aura of nostalgia that had become the British stock-in-trade style. The Phantasy-Quintet…use a Bass Clarinet, made…more apparent by the disc’s forward placing of the instrument…and the sound quality is enjoyable. © 2014 David’s Review Corner



Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International, August 2014

Lovers of English music who haven’t yet bought the BMS (original release) version should go for it in one form or the other. At least try one of the streamed versions if you can… © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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