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Gramophone, March 2017

I recently learnt this piece and I’m always taken by how powerful it is given its simplicity, and also how Celtic it sounds! © 2017 Gramophone

Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, September 2014

I was absolutely enchanted from first note to last with the Boyfriend suite…Bravo!

All in all, a good…album in Naxos’ Maxwell Davies collection, and one that you will probably want if you are a fan of this composer. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Donald R Vroon
American Record Guide, July 2014

The settings are nicely varied: wind quintet, string quartet, harp. The recordings are startlingly clear. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Leslie Wright
MusicWeb International, June 2014

The performance by the Aquarius ensemble under Nicholas Cleobury is expert.

If you are collecting this series, do not hesitate to add this…fascinating selection of less well-known works. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Malcolm Hayes
BBC Music Magazine, June 2014

All these performances excel… © 2014 BBC Music Magazine

John France
MusicWeb International, May 2014

The performance…by Aquarius and Nicolas Cleobury is stunning. The liner-notes by Richard Whitehouse are consistently helpful and the sound quality is great.

I cannot fault this CD. It is a fine exploration of some of the important byways of Peter Maxwell Davies’ music. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, March 2014

This is all stunningly recorded. Everything chimes cleanly yet has satisfying impact.

A surprisingly fresh and agreeably discomfiting selection. Try it and be surprised. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2014

Three very different faces of the English composer, Peter Maxwell Davies, as we move from jazzy 1930’s dance band music through to his trademark modernism. Starting out in the world of film music with two scores for the controversial producer, Ken Russell, the The Boyfriend being Russell’s time-shift look at Sandy Wilson’s musical of that name. He asked Davies to provide a dance-band adaptation, the result being a superb pastiche. The second film is far removed from such frivolity, and takes us to world of Aldous Huxley’s novel, The Devils of Loudun, that formed the basis for Russell’s, The Devils. This too contains dance music in the third section, but it is in a parody leading to the final execution scene, the ending of the suite being in the peace of death. The earliest composition on the disc, Seven in Nomine, dates from 1965, a time when Davies was researching the life of the 16th century composer, John Taverner, for his opera, Taverner…Finally two works for piano, here played by Davies, from The Yellow Cake Revue, written in protest to the exploration of uranium—the yellow cake—on the Orkney Islands where he lives. The multi-faceted group, Aquarius, conducted by Nicholas Cleobury, move with great skill around the many moods… © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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