Violin Concerto in E minor op.33 (1913)
Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat op.11 (1903)
Michael Dussek (piano)
Lorraine McAslan (violin)
BBC Concert Orchestra
Vernon Handley CBE (conductor)
Recorded at The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford
5–6 December 2005
"Michael Dussek negotiates the note splattered [Piano Concerto], Scharwenkian terrain with infectious bravado and sensitivity, and 'Tod' Handley directs with all his customary sympathy andunderstanding."
"It is wonderful to hear Lorraine McAslan [Violin Concerto] ... playing with the kind of dashing swagger, vibrato intensity and quicksilver portamento that distinguished Heifetz's concerto recordings of the 1950s. It is a mesmerising performance captured in opulent sound."
Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine, July 2006
"Such lavish extravagance of melody and sentiment"
"This has to be among the 'Recordings of the Year'."
Rob Barnett, Recording of the Month, www.musicweb-international.com, July 2006
"I was extremely pleased with the well balanced sound quality from the Dutton engineers and the booklet notes from Lewis Foreman are as first class as I have come to expect. This well presented Dutton Epoch release is a revealing survey of the charming and colourful sound world of York Bowen.
Music of eloquent beauty that will lift the spirits. A valuable release that will be one of my ‘Records of the Year’."
Michael Cookson, www.musicweb-international.com, June 2006
"Michael Dussek displays scintillating tone and a fine technique."
"Lorraine McAslan's warm patrician tone (which brings to mind that of Heifetz) and caressing manner is all one could ask from an advocate of the Violin Concerto. Handley leads with authority"
"... with excellent sound and zealous liner notes, this ione's a must for the Violin Concerto."
Barry Brenesal, Fanfare, March/April 2007
"Lorraine McAslan is a very accomplished solist who gives a very sympathetic reading with plenty of brilliance and a fine tone drawn from her Andrea Guarneri violin of 1691."
"Michael Dussek ... has a good deal of sympathy for the composer. He has fine, compact tone and a very clean technique."
Joseph A Magil, American Record Guide, March/April 2007
"Here is a major recording with some big names including two of Dutton's regulars: Michael Dussek and Lorraine McAslan. Getting Vernon Handley and the BBC Concert Orchestra is a coup in itself. Watford Town Hall was the recording site, and as expected, Lewis Foreman wrote the excellent notes."
"Do go for this one."
The Delian, October 2006
"York Bowen is certainly getting a lot of play lately, and one listen to these sassy, quasi-jazzy, fluid romantic concertos and you will know why."
"Who else could conduct this music like Vernon Handley? His control of the excellent BBC Concert Orchestra only demonstrates that in English music he has few peers. And almost as peerless is the great sound now becoming a standard with Dutton Records' new recordings."
Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition, 27 February 2007
"Fellow Bowen fans will cheer at this tasty concerto pairing."
"The Watford Town Hall production marries amplitude and warmth to realistic balance, making this a peach of a disc."
Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone, September 2006