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Harry van der Wal
Harry’s classical music corner, May 2017

I knew already that Coleridge Taylor was a fine composer and orchestrator, so this piece proves yet again what a master he was, and ups this status with both pieces on this disc. The Petite Suite is a masterwork, no doubt about that at all.

…Fela Sowande walks in…and delivers an equally genial piece as Taylor. Its an absolute fantastic work in three beautiful movements, with a warm and embracing quality to it. …I got a wow feeling and goosebumps listening to it.

And then Grant-Still comes in with his multifaceted first Symphony. All the musical styles from the time of composition (1930) can be found in this amazing work. And I mean literally all, worked in the score so cleverly, that I listened with amazement at almost every note. …The performances are topnotch, and the recording close to State of the Art.

Highly recommendable. © 2017 Harry’s classical music corner Read complete review

John J. Puccio
Classical Candor, December 2016

Still’s symphony displays elements of blues, minstrel, ragtime, and Southern folk tunes, all fundamentally American idioms. The composer structured it in a traditional four-movement layout, with a big opening reminiscent of Rhapsody in Blue or Porgy and Bess, followed by a lovely Adagio, a brief but rousing Scherzo, and a surprisingly subdued but noble finale, all of which Maestro Freeman and ensemble play to perfection. © 2016 Classical Candor Read complete review

Victor Carr Jr, November 2001

I’m happy to say Volume 1 makes for a strong start.

Freeman and his band give vibrant performances of the Coleridge-Taylor works…playing with much more relaxed authenticity and “cool”. Cedille’s recording is a model of three-dimensional realism, making this disc both a sonic and musical treasure. © 2001 Read complete review

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