Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International
October 2009

The recording is excellent. The notes have their deficiencies, such as the lack of explanation of Castellain(e) Sunshine, but they are also very helpful. Several times I have found myself borrowing their words for want of anything better to describe the music. Nowhere in the booklet are the dates of birth of the two performer/composers given. I’m grateful to Sarah Bruce, director of Lomonaco Artists, for furnishing that of Matthew Barley via Len Mullenger, webmaster of MusicWeb International.

Rather oddly, at least two online dealers are showing the CD with a very different cover from that on my review copy, which is identical with that shown on the Signum website. I mention this in case you are fortunate enough to live near a ‘real’ record shop and are looking for the cover in a browser. That doesn’t detract from the fact that the recording beguiles and overwhelms alternately—sometimes simultaneously—and that it’s a worthy Recording of the Month.