All Isles Excelling (4 players)

“...Switching clarinet for bass clarinet and piano for celesta opened up a whole new array of  timbres in this piece inspired by Purcell's song Fairest Isle and, more obscurely, Johnny Cash's autobiography. The intriguing sounds were tapped with sensitivity and wit by the young musicians.”

The Daily Telegraph, January 2002

“all isles excelling, inspired by Purcell and Johnny Cash, deals in fugitive gestures and pointillist timbres, suggesting
a distanced recall of the famous Dryden text.”

                                    The Classical Source, January 2002

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