The Sunday Times

This inspiringly abstract disc juxtaposes two items for clarinet and string quartet, both of which are essentially reflections on the medium, the sonority itself. Feldman’s Clarinet and String Quartet (1983) is a late work and a haunting one, an unbroken 43-minute span across which eloquent, subdued yet somehow incisive ideas unfold in phases with an autumnal serenity that is positively Brahmsian. The 13-minute movement of Fox’s Clarinet Quintet is comparably repetitive but differently flavoured (lots of microtonal tunings) and far more extrovert. Heaton plays beautifully, as does the quartet specially formed by Mieko Kanno, Davide Rossi, Bridget Carey and Sophie Harris. ***

—Paul Driver