solo perc: 14,16,18" crash cyms/8", 10" garbage cyms/2 Hi hat cyms (high and low)/siz.hi hat cym/siz.cym/ride cym/choke cym/bell/vib/Drum kit with piccolo snare, rototoms and high Japanese drum - picc.1.1.ca.2.2 - 432.btbrn.1 - timp - perc (2):2 glsp/vib/2 wdbl/tgl/BD/2 bowed cym/ spalsh cym/3 c.bell/hi-hat/Drum kit/flexatone/small pipe (metal mallets)/chinese cym/shaker - hp - strings
‘Travelling at a frenetic pace in this performance, the first of three movements was a soundscape of rapidly chattering and clipped articulations on a mix of cymbals that included the hi-hat. This was pitted against a choppy counterpoint of driving rhythms and explosive orchestral outbursts that exuberantly bounced off the walls. In this zany, pastiche of film music, folk, jazz and blues crammed within a classical frame, the brass players wallowed in their attention-seeking scooping, whining choruses so clearly removed from their traditional role of contained support.
Daring colours included a jazzy slapped bass and grimacing woodwind cries, ending with the soloists improvising a brushed cadenza on the tam-tam. “Good Vibes”, by contrast, was a tuneful excursion that floated the swimming resonance of the vibraphone on a surface of marbled, tranquil strings.’
The Australian (Gillian Wills), 6th March 2006