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John Quinn
MusicWeb International, December 2013

There’s some highly accomplished music here and it’s all rewarding and consistently enjoyable. Those who warm to expressive, tonal, accessible and communicative music will find much to enjoy with this disc. It’s hard to imagine that the music could have received better advocacy than Graham Lloyd’s and he’s been sympathetically recorded in the Wyastone Concert Hall. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, December 2013

Graham J Lloyd is a great advocate for this subtle, accessible and emotionally eloquent music.

The sound is unobtrusively supportive. The notes by Ian Flint get the message across without resort to undue technicality while providing those biographical linkages we all like to have at hand. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Robert Matthew-Walker
Musical Opinion, November 2013

This is a refreshing surprise—contemporary British piano music, clearly several generations down from John  Ireland and Alan Rawsthorne—being written intelligently for the piano, essentially pianistic without tricks and always germane to the musical argument at hand. © Musical Opinion



Rob Haskins
American Record Guide, September 2013

Graham Lloyd’s playing is musically and technically satisfying, and Naxos’s engineering and mastering captures the piano beautifully. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2013

‘I would want to delve into the disc rather than play its entirety, tempos and stylistic feel having much in common,’ I noted when reviewing an Ian Venables’ songs disc. I would carry those feelings over to this new release, though I wonder what has happened to Venables since he wrote the Sonata ‘In Memoriam D.S.C.H’ at the age of 20. Now in his fifties, he is probably best known for his songs, of which he has written over fifty, the present disc a series of short piano pieces that are pleasing and light music listening to ease the day along. It is all conceived in tonality and lyric terms, each piece relatively short. Even the longest work—apart from the Sonata—The Stourhead Follies: Four Romantic Impressions is built from four cameos, the shortest lasting under two minutes, the prevailing mood and rhythmic gait being one of a peaceful English countryside vista. Most of the release are world premiere recordings, the performances from Graham Lloyd, who I am encountering for the first time, showing a pianist in an empathy with the composer. Reliable sound quality. © David’s Review Corner



John France
MusicWeb International, May 2013

I was hugely impressed with Graham J. Lloyd’s performance of all this music. He has a sympathy for, and understanding of, Venables’ aesthetic that discloses itself in virtually every bar of the music.

I would commend this CD to all British music enthusiasts. It is the perfect complement to the increasing number of CDs that showcase Ian Venables’ undoubted mastery of English song and chamber music. Other desiderata must be the three important works for brass ensemble including the Triptych for Brass and Percussion, op 21 and the Three Bridges Suite for Jazz Ensemble Op 18. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Albion Magazine Online, April 2013

Ian Venables is perhaps best known for his beautiful and sensitive English solo song settings; this disc proves that he is equally master of solo piano music…The pieces are lyrical and accessible, inventive and full of spirit and soul. Above all, they are immensely listenable, and are beautifully and sympathetically played by Graham Lloyd. An excellent disc and highly recommended. © Albion Magazine Online





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