Midwest Record

Here’s a sterling chance to be the first on your block. Bailey is a contemporary classical composer now getting the first commercial release on her works, delightfully played by this ensemble. She writes with a deft precision giving you the feeling that she really considers each note before putting it to paper. It’s not laden with a schoolmarm type precision so don’t expect any nuns to pop out of the disc and whack you with a ruler if you find yourself tapping your toes along to the music. With a feel that’s distinctly Great British as opposed to Germanic or Roman, Bailey sonically paints her pictures with an emotional core that shows real heartbeats pumping along.

—Chris Spector