'It is written to please and does not put a foot wrong, as it dances energetically along to some singable themes, with invigorating rhythms, cast in a clear structure, and above all flourishing a masterly grasp of orchestration. The brassy extravagance of the first dance sounds like Walton and the tangy woodwind writing later like Britten, so Maw's debts to his English forebears are clearly signposted.'Financial Times (Richard Fairman), 27 September 1995
'… exuberant, vigorous and, at times, in the virtuosic writing for each group of instruments, might almost be a concerto for orchestra … They deserve to find a regular place in the repertoire.'
Classic CD (Barry Witherden), May 1996
'… wildly exuberant and imaginative.'
Star Tribune, Minnesota (Michael Anthony), 21 May 1998
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