“Commissioned by Myers to commemorate his mother’s passing, McLean provides a particularly expressive tonal work, a welcome cross between Barber and John Adams. … The last movement elegantly integrates Bach’s ‘Befiehl du deine Wege,’ from the ‘St. Matthew Passion.’ McLean’s warm orchestration extends to Schumann’s four pieces. He takes appropriate liberties, permitting themes to pass flexibly, more so than Schumann might have done. Myers rides the ‘Lebhaft’ as if a wild horse. … The Londoners are lush in the McLean, light footed in the Schumann, and appropriately terrifying in the Shostakovich. Myers is a bold player, comfortable and deft across these varied concertos. He employs a gorgeous 1763 Guadagnini.” —Grant Chu Covell, La Folia
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