“[Michael] McLean writes eloquently for the viola using tonal harmonies that could be referred to as “postmodern” (rather than neo- romantic). The orchestration is lush and recalls epic 21st-Century film music, with prominent horn parts and rich solo parts for the winds. … This attractive piece (Suite for Viola and Orchestra), recorded here for the first time, is certainly a welcome addition to the growing literature for solo viola and orchestra.
“McLean’s orchestration of Robert Schumann’s Marchenbilder, Op. 113, is a masterpiece. The viola part remains exactly the same as the original (it was originally written for viola), and the orchestration seems informed by Tchaikovsky and Dvorak, in all the best violin-concerto-like ways. … I find myself smiling through the whole piece, wishing it would never end.
“Vladimir Mendelssohn’s transcription of the Shostakovich Viola Sonata …completely transforms the piece.
“The Australian violist Roger Myers is an excellent player, and the London Symphony sounds spectacular.” — FINE, American Record Guide