...her work has its own character, in which historical and contemporary influences are fused into a highly flexible and distinctive style... packed with crisp, vivid detail that's not at all hand-me-down.
...remarkably sure-footed ...The handling of the orchestra is quirky and individual ...startlingly fresh and assured
Instruments engage and tussle with one another as if struggling to prevail and move up the musical/evolutionary ladder. Yet, as the title suggests, Ms. Sierra makes a game of it. Little cells of tightly confined pitches knock about with others, grow into larger gestures and then cut loose into skittish flights.
Vividly scored, colorful works
The New York Times
...an intriguing new album of pieces by the American-born, UK-based composer Arlene Sierra, possesses a remarkable brilliance of color, rhythmic dexterity & playfulness.
Sierra’s response was the creation of a small wonder of her won: minutely crafted fluttering phrases, precisely and joyously imagined, and performed with meticulous commitment and obvious pleasure.
Arlene Sierra’s work Urban Birds for three pianos, sampled birdsong and percussion was intriguing – she’s a name to watch.
BBC Music Magazine