“here's British film music for every occasion, with seven samples of Lucas (usually refined, sometimes limp) and a meatier trio by Benjamin.” --BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 ***

“The strengths of the recording are immediately apparent - richly heraldic brass and secure warm strings” --MusicWeb International, May 2012

“...Reconstructions, arrangements, and annotations by Mr Lane are all expert, and the fervent performances are captured in typically large-scale Chandos sonics.” --American Record Guide, July/August 2012 

"...As with all the Chandos Film music series discs this is a superb achievement. When one bears in mind that most of the music presented here has been arranged, transcribed or written down from hearing the soundtracks one realises just how much work has gone into making this CD the success it is. All the music is beautifully played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and their conductor on this occasion, Rumon Gamba. This selection of tunes is surely a good distillation of the full film scores. The sound quality is excellent. As always the sleeve-notes are excellent...One can only hope that this CD will encourage performers and record producers further to explore the music of Arthur Benjamin and Leighton Lucas.

A superb achievement. Beautifully played."

John France - - 26 April 2012

“...Gamba directs first-rate performances of these works, all of which are played with electrifying panache (the brass in particular impress throughout) and attentiveness by the BBC orchestra. The recording itself, made in October 2011 at the orchestra’s acoustically inviting new home, Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, is predictably rich, detailed and spacious. This is another hugely enjoyable addition to this consistently top-drawer Chandos series. Unhesitatingly recommended.”

Michael Jameson – International Record Review – April 2012

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