Orchestral Works III
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Paul Watkins, cello
(Little Suite) is a bright, early four-movement essay, presaging the well-known Concerto for Orchestra. The Cello Concerto, also in four movements, beginning unforgettably with an ominous series of bare cello stabs, is certainly a brilliant drama here. Grave is a thoughtful six minutes for cello and strings. The characteristic formal diptych of the symphony is superbly enacted.
Paul Driver, Sunday Times, 11/25/2012