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Editor’s Choice, Gramophone, Nov 2003
..a composer with a fine ear for colour and and an economical style
Critic’s Choice, Gramophone, Dec 2003
Edward Gregson has recently composed two of the most rewarding concertos – for clarinet and violin – written in the late 20th century.
… Gregson’s music always flows spontaneously, and any of these pieces would create a great impression at a Prom. The recordings are vivid and warmly atmospheric; if you care about contemporary British orchestral music, I cannot recommend this CD too highly.
Ivan March, Gramophone, Nov 2003
…the flair for the full orchestra demonstrated in his Concerto for Orchestra is confirmed by this disc of works from the Nineties…The Clarinet Concerto extends his skill in formal planning to a two-movement structure lasting over half an hour, with an arresting opening, a calmly expansive slow movement, and a simple melodic conclusion that feels organic rather than an afterthought. The Violin Concerto is another imaginatively constructed large-scale piece…The BBC Philharmonic plays with the confidence of a band which knows it is in the hands of an expert composer, and an equally skilled conductor.
Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine, Nov 2003