Benjamin Orchestral and Chamber Music
Benjamin and the London Sinfonietta again, with John Wallace taking the flugelhorn solo in Three Inventions. The disc also includes performances of both versions of Upon Silence – one for viol consort, one for modern strings (Susan Bickley the excellent soloist singer in both) and the Octet from 1979.
“This is an excellent promotion for a composer whose music has justifiably obtained an international reputation, even if his output remains small.” Paul Corfield Godfrey, musicweb-international.com "
Three Inventions (1994) has ear-opening instrumental effects on every page, but these never detract from the essential processes of argument and cogent form-building in music perhaps more urgently expressive (especially in the third piece) than anything else of . With the astonishingly precocious Octet, written in 1979, when the composer was 18, and with highly effective recordings of definitive performances, this disc is an outstanding success." Arnold Whittall, Gramophone