A champion of the concerto offers music that’s richly appealing
….All three performances are outstanding, showing the bravura and sensitivity of the soloists and their complete integration with the orchestra and conductor, who directs with spirit and alluring, sensuous feeling. The recording is of Chandos’s demonstration standard and this collection cannot be too highly recommended.
Ivan March Gramophone Sept 2008
Edward Gregson has made a speciality of concertos, and has a flair for exploring the character of the solo instrument in new and appealing ways. Ole Edvard Antonsen is a virtuoso soloist in the Trumpet Concerto, which boasts a deeply felt slow movement. The wide-ranging concerto for piano and wind is dazzlingly played by Nelson Goerner, but perhaps the finest work is the Saxophone Concerto, full of exciting tone colours and catering for Nobuya Sugawa’s amazing skills. Clark Rundell is the insightful conductor.
Michael Kennedy Sunday Telegraph 20 July 2008
For the distinguished British composer, educationalist and academic Edward Gregson (b.1945) the concerto form has long stimulated his imagination and provided an excellent creative medium. His particular affinity for intertwining the soloistic potential of wind and brass instruments (but also strings, piano and percussion) into the larger orchestral tapestry is well documented, and his instinct for drama, colour and succinct effect is thoroughly constituted.
Mark Tanner International Record Review Sept 2008