The Sunday Times

Eight works by a composer whose craftsmanship is as fastidious as his imagination is spirited. Strictly speaking, seven: for Après un silence, whose title alludes to Fauré, but indicates the breaking of a year-long creative silence, is heard as a piece for violin (Lesley Hatfield) and piano, and in Casken’s large-ensemble version. The soloist in the latter is Kyra Humphreys, and Clark Rundell conducts the RNCM Ensemble. Frenchness of idiom pervades the eloquent cor anglais concertino Infanta Marina, written for the Nash Ensemble and here performed by Ensemble 10/10 under Rundell, with the soloist Rachael Pankhurst. Firewhirl, for soprano (Patricia Rozario) and ensemble, is a folk-inflected depiction of Finnish midsummer revels.

—Paul Driver