Luca Segalla - Musica magazine - May 2012
"...Louis Lortie plays and conducts Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2. Demanding in these attacks, precise without being academic, the pianist shines with vitality and confidence. Valuable." ****½
Christophe Rodriguez - Le Journal de Montréal - 17 October 2009
CLASSIC RECORDS OF THE YEAR
"A great success by Louis Lortie plays to perfection the two Mendelssohn Piano Concertos with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra ..."
Claude Gingras - La Presse - 26 December 2009
"... Lortie has come a long way since his fine debut recording of the complete Chopin Etudes on the Chandos label in 1989. Now recognized as one of the world’s foremost pianists, he is as confortable with conducting from the keyboard as he is with performing, as this disc clearly demonstrates...This is indeed a most convincing pairing of soloist and orchestra...to all concerned - félicitations on some fine music-making!
Richard Haskell - The WholeNote - 1 November 2009
Frédéric Cardin - La Scena Musicale - 1 November 2009
"Louis Lortie does double duty as soloist and conductor in this quirky coupling. Felix Mendelssohn has received even more attention than usual during his bicentennial celebrations with performances and several new recordings and reissues. Add Louis Lortie’s recent disc to the keeper pile - a superb Mendelssohn issue to round off the year.
The Canadian pianist does impressive double duty as soloist and conductor leading the Quebec orchestra. Directing the Mendelssohn concertos from the keyboard - even in the studio - is no small feat and Lortie manages to handle both assignments fluently... Lortie shows himself an admirable conductor. Rhythms are buoyantly sprung and Lortie brings delicacy to the Andante. In the finale, the "Ein feste Burg" chorale is given requisite impact yet avoids bombast in a resonant coda."
Lawrence A Johnson - Gramophone magazine - February 2010
"[This CD] flies to first place among recordings of these concertos... another of his many achievements."
Ken Winters - The Globe & Mail - 13 April 2010
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