Liverpool Daily Post

I mentioned recently a CD of music by Gary Carpenter, played by Ensemble 10/10. They also play music by Manchester University-based John Casken, ona disc from Metier, on which Clark Rundell conducts. Infanta Maria has Rachel Pankhurst, the cor anglais soloist. Soprano Patricia Rozaric is soprano in Firewhirl and there’s Amarantos for small ensemble. Psappha plays the Piano Quartet. There is Balamandra, a Fire Haunt for two pianos played by Andrew Ball and Julian Jacobson, and RNCM groups play Distant Variations for saxophone quartet and ensemble, and Apres un Silence is heard in violin and piano and ensemble versions. This approachable music is well played on this 2CD set.

—Peter Spaull