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Bruce McCollum
MusicWeb International, December 2017

This is a well-constructed programme of solo piano music that valuably includes the premiere recording of Holst’s Brook Green Suite in Vally Lasker’s transcription and two pieces by Roderick Williams; one an original composition and the other his free transcription of John Ireland’s Sea Fever.

The nippy flurries of Early Morning Bathe are finely projected by Maria Marchant, who ensures that the Sailing movement is by no means plain, though after the squalls one returns to its elysian introduction. …Maria Marchant’s metronome is set to ‘action’ when it comes to John Ireland’s Ballade of London Nights, which she takes at a real lick—the fastest recording of it yet to be set down, I think.

Roderick Williams’s Sea Fever transcription opens like Rachmaninov and is vividly accomplished, whilst his own Goodwood by the Sea fits the programme delightfully: richly coloured, rhythmically vivid, wholly delightful. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, December 2017

The early music / Celtic Ensemble Galilei lead off with a rousing “Frosty the Snowman,” enlivened by hand-played drums and rustic pipes. Irina Muresanu and Mattei Varga give their own rendition of Jascha Heifetz’ re-imagining in a lush vibrato of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” “Holly Jolly Christmas” takes a new lease on life with the syncopations and swaying rhythms imparted by the Jasper String Quartet. And Ronn McFarlane’s lute adds a refreshing note of serenity to a frenetic season of the year in “Walking in the Air.”

Kathryn Bates’ cello adds new rhythms and syncopations to “Santa Claus is comin’ to town.” Pianist Caleb Nei refreshes and animates the pace of “Christmas time is here,” letting us experience it anew. And the wonderful Cuarteto Latinoamericano, aided by spirited drumming from Lydia Lewis, impart invigorating Latin grooves and rythms to “Joy to the world.” © 2017 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

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