'The three quintets by Paul Patterson (b1947) chart a fascinating stylistic course, from the lean astringency of the 1967 Wind Quintet (the product of a precocious 20-year old student at the Royal Academy of Music), via the Arnoldesque, face-pulling antics of the Comedy for five winds from 1972, to the crowd-pleasing Westerly Winds ( a 1998 transcription of his folksong-based Four Rustic Sketches for orchestra). Patterson writes with total confidence for the medium, and the performances are simply breath-taking in their co-ordination and tonal lustre'
Gramophone August 2001
'... Paul Patterson , born1947 and now a leading figure in London's musical education. His abrasive, sometimes raucous student Quintet, composed when he was twenty to stretch himself and his players to the limits, is a great success and entirely worth reviving as a centre piece of the recital...Patterson's Comedy and Westerly Winds , perfectly crafted, clever music in a popular vein. The first has a Blues and a Hornpipe (reverse variations, its drunken protagonist only becoming clear headed and fully revealed at the end - like d'Indy's Istar in hers, and Schmidt's Hussar ); the other (1999, for the Galliards) is a group of fantasias assembled from West Country folktunes . These will both join favourite wind ensemble music by Arnold and Francaix to give sure-fire pleasure on the concert circuit.'
Peter Grahame Woolf, Musicweb International ( Click here to see the full review )