The Wallace Collection - Hammered Brass - The Herald

If indeed this is the last ever album from the Wallace Collection (following its farewell concert in Glasgow last week) then it serves as a testimony to the philosophy of the unparalleled brass group in its unstinting championship of new music, and as a legacy of its performance standards. From Robert Crawford's supremely integrated title track composition to the raunchy rhythms of Steve Martland's Full Fathom Five, from the spitting sprays of notes in Berio's Call to the brazen, bendy-note modernism of Xenakis, John Wallace and his peerless team lay down a benchmark of imaginative and virtuosic performance by which all others will be judged.

03 June 2002