Yorkshire Post February 26th 2010
Leon McCawley, prizewinner in the 1993 Leeds International Piano Competition, is the soloist in Ronald Corp's effervescent
and brilliantly scored concerto, the smoochy and jazzy outer movements giving the score ready appeal. The Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic with Corp conducting do him proud.
Music Web International February 2010
The Piano Concerto has been performed in public several times and could have no better advocate on record than Leon
McCawley, a prizewinner of various prestigious piano competitions and the soloist in Finzi’s Grand Fantasia and Toccata at
the 2009 Proms. The composer acknowledges a debt to the great concertos of the nineteenth century, and writes that ‘the
interplay between piano and orchestra conjures up the sound of those large Romantic works, but the musical language nods in
the direction of more recent concertos’. The piano is heard at the very outset of the concerto, introduces the two other
movements, and plays almost continuously throughout: a real test of stamina for the soloist, but a piece that would go down
a treat at a Promenade Concert, even on a Saturday evening! Roger Wright, please note!
This is a splendid disc – enjoy it!