2(I=picc.II=afl).picc.2(II=ca).ca.2.bcl.2.cbsn – 5231 – perc(6): mar/
coiled spring/2 congas/lujon/3 rototom/(darabuka)/t.bells/2 wdbl/
guiro/2 c.bell/2 susp.cym/2 ch.cym/tam-t/BD/2 tgl/2 gong/sanza/
temple bell – harp – strings (min 184.108.40.206.6)
It immediately confronts its beholders with long, low and quietly seductive notes, picked up by double basses. We have to think about colour and softness as well as sheer density… it tests combinations of sounds, often high against low, using a big orchestra, mostly with a delicacy that continues to draw out the quality of the tuba's sound, rather than rely on its force.
The Independent (Robert Maycock) February 1987
... timbres have been so imaginatively deployed and contrasted with the orchestral scoring.
The Daily Telegraph (Geoffrey Norris)