Geoff Brown
The Times
July 2008

Padmore's clean Tenor finds an ideal vehicle in the first of four world culture explorations from the composer Alec Roth and the writer Vikram Seth. The poems take us to 8th-Century China, but we’re always close to the here and now. Roth's oriental-flavoured score may be short of variety but there's a transparent, haunting beauty about it, and the accompaniments for violin, harp and guitar are a joy. Chinese Gardens, a perkier song cycle, rounds off the CD nicely.