“Philip Sawyers’s 3rd symphony (2015) is undoubtedly one of the finest British symphonies of recent years…music of searing intensity…The fifth song, ‘Futility’, serves to mark Sawyers’s stature as a composer: the same Owen sonnet as memorably set by Britten in the War Requiem, I aver that Sawyers’s is the profounder of the two. Finally comes the meaty Fanfare (2016) – really a motet for orchestral brass. Great music, great performances and great sound from Nimbus, engineered by Simon Fox-Gal.” Guy Rickards – Gramophone. (Nimbus Alliance NI 6353)

“Philip Sawyers’s Third Symphony is a major new work from a distinctive voice in British music…a work of impressive symphonic unity and drama.” Gavin Dixon – Classical CD reviews.

“I have no reservations in pronouncing this a very fine work indeed and one which deserves a place in any orchestra’s repertoire…Throughout the CD the utter commitment of the English Symphony Orchestra and String Orchestra and even more that of Kenneth Woods who obviously loves and admires this music is clear and in the song-cycle April Frederick gives not only a technically adroit performance but also a passionate one.” Gary Higginson – MusicWeb International

“The very impressive song cycle is beautifully sung by April Frederick. Sawyers’s longest symphony to date (3rd) is a work which teems with orchestral colour and musical events. The heart of the work lies in the 2nd movement Adagio…music of a Brucknerian intensity which is powerfully maintained. The disc is completed with a musical bonne bouche an extended fanfare which rather gleefully tips its hat to everything from Bliss great ceremonial fanfares to something akin to John Williams in Star Wars mode. The playing of the ESO is extremely adept from weighty string playing through solo winds of great sensitivity to brass of bite and power.” Nick Barnard – MusicWeb International

This record by Philip Sawyers (1951) is one of those recordings that we want to hear many times. Without a doubt, Sawyers’ Symphony No 3 is one of the greatest English symphonies written in recent years. Woods has managed to maintain the aesthetic tensions framed in diatonicism, atoalism and modality, with rigour and imaginative flexibility of the highest order.” Carme Miro – Sonograma (original in Catalan)