"...A fine choice as soloist Louis Lortie plays the two bittersweet piano scores with enthusiasm and verve. The BBC Symphony Orchestra under conductor Edward Gardner rises splendidly to the challenges of Lutoslawski’s bold writing. It’s a varied synthesis of orchestral textures. Gardner’s control of the diverse contrasts feels authoritative without being inflexible.Beautifully recorded at the Walthamstow Assembly Hall in 2011 this splendidly presented release is kitted out with the usual high quality Chandos booklet notes. It makes a fine introduction to Lutoslawski’s music."
Michael Cookson - www.musicweb-international.com - April 2012
Gramophone Choice – Orchestral
“Throughout, Gardner secures some first-class playing from the BBC SO ... Cordially recommended...”
Andrew Achenbach – Gramophone magazine – April 2012
"...This is a stunner of a disc. The BBC So never sound so comfortable as when they’re tackling the 20th century repertoire, and Edward Gardner’s direction is faultless."
Graham Rickson - theartsdesk.com - 25 February 2012
"...With a spectacularly good Chandos 5.0 SACD recording and the usual high production and presentation values this is a release which followers of Gardner’s Lutoslawski series and fans of good 20th century music should snap up without hesitation. You certainly won’t find anything lacking in any of the performances, and in all cases they occupy the top drawer when it comes to all and any of these pieces..."
Dominy Clements - Musicweb-international.com - 1 March 2012
“...A wonderful disc”
International Piano Quarterly – March/April 2012
Performance **** Recording *****
“...Gardner and the orchestra, with not a weak link in the important solos, give a performance of riveting concentration.”
Martin Cotton – BBC Music magazine – March 2012
“Ed Gardner and the BBC Orchestra obviously found a workable rapport here. They play four modern classics with assurance, virtuosity and, yes, fun. Lutoslawski is one of the most rewarding of 20th-century composers, with a rhythmic and melodic gift which continually surprises. Louis Lorté is a dazzling soloist in the Piano Concerto, while the once-voguish Fourth Symphony is wonderfully well-performed.”
Michael Kennedy – Sunday Telegraph – 8 January 2012
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