The Sunday Times

This is an affectionate salvaging, mainly on the recorder player John Turner’s part. of an oeuvre at great risk of falling by the wayside. Heaton Smith (1928-2014) was a Mancunian music teacher whose creative work, broadly neoclassical, is barely known but not without distinction. If he was apt to set his own ponderous verses, his abstract pieces can be striking.

A Suite of Variations is a fine viola and piano duo, played here by Alistair Vennart and Harvey Davies. The String Quartet, Op. 34 has an interesting two-movement structure, and the archive recording of the Divertimento for clarinet and strings reveals a light, sly touch.

—Paul Driver