'…offered a wealth of opportunities for horn virtuosity…no less rich in detail was its writing for divided strings, whose continual changes of focus captivated the listeners’ attention.  The piece as a whole invoked Brain’s spontaneity and bubbling enthusiasm in a kind of Straussian serenade-like idiom which the still lamented hero of the horn would have relished'
The Guardian (Meirion Bowen), 21 May 1991