“With Gunning leading the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and daughter Verity playing oboe in the Concerto, these performances have to be as close to definitive as any ever come. Add to that Chandos’s wide-stage, resonant, and impactful sound, and you have a most compelling recording… I can easily recommend this disc. You will find Gunning both ‘approachable and enjoyable.”
Fanfare - November/December 2009
“This is exactly the kind of release that has always made Chandos a great label. Their advocacy of British music is legendary, and the two symphonies and the oboe concerto by Christopher Gunning puts another trophy on their mantle. The Oboe Concerto was written for and is performed by Gunning’s daughter, Verity Gunning. Ms Gunning is up to the task, highly confident for one so young. Chandos has done it again.”
American Record Guide September/October 2009
“Gunning’s conducting secures excellent playing from the RPO, while his daughter Verity is a poised and persuasive soloist in the Oboe Concerto written for her….. realised here with much deftness and, in its slow movement genuine depth.”
Classic FM Magazine - July 2009
"A highly recommended issue."
International Record Review - June 2009
"The piquant Concerto for Oboe and Strings, for me, takes the palm. Light on its feet, with some lovely moments for individual players… This is a charming composition, winningly played."
Gramophone - July 2009