Dutton Epoch CDLX 7350
MusicWeb International, May 2018
The short and romantically cooling Piano Concerto is redolent in general terms of the Schumann Concerto. Leon McCawley makes hay with this delightful work…I suspect a great deal of work went into preparing the performance materials for this project. Such preparatory slog does not guarantee musical joys at the end of the creative tunnel but this time they are there.
The Dutton recording is forthright and the performances from everyone are a spirited delight…this makes a solidly enjoyable addition to the Stanford shelf.
Classical CD Review, May 2018
The Piano Concerto in B flat is an even earlier work (1873), rather in the style of John Field. Soloists violinist Sergey Levitin and pianist Leon McCawley give expert performances with strong support from the British orchestra. Recorded sound is state-of-the-art, not particularly directional, but warm, well-balanced and wide-range.