The Sunday Times

This is an impressive showcase for a British composer (b1949) whose interests range from African drumming to old English folk dance. The latter informs his String Quartet No 3; in contrast is the “hard and sparky” sonority of an oboe and piano duet, Firefinch, inspired by an African bird and brightly played by Jinny Shaw and Anne-Marie Hastings. Poole performs (with Joanna Porter) on The Impersonal Touch, for two pianos, one of which is allocated minimalist repetitions, the other spontaneous subversions of them, the whole climaxing in a Stravinskyan apotheosis. The title piece, written for the ensemble Gemini, is a quasi-Keatsian ode to autumn and a punning essay in “sept timbres”, the most striking of which are for glossy bass clarinet with boogie-ing piano.

—Unknown reviewer