The Sunday Times

To judge from these chamber works, the Australian-born composer Sadie Harrison has an original imagination that expresses itself in a fluent, thoughtfully poetic language. The 20-minute string quartet Taking Flight (1999), played with poise by the Kreutzer, is a delicate labyrinth of sound echoing the psychological journey, Harrison says, of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, though much less darkly. Indeed, there’s real sensitivity to her music, for all its rigour, Traceries (1997), for violin (Peter Sheppard Skærved) and piano (Aaron Shorr), evokes the imagery of gothic architecture; Arcosolia (1999) plays on the meaning of its title, which refers to a medieval burial place; and Aster (1995), six short classical Greek texts sung by Lesley-Jane rogers with flute and Strings, makes thoughtful reference to the passing of time and the fatalistic nature of love.

—Stephen Pettitt