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Robert McColley
Fanfare, November 2004

Naxos also gives us the most attractive of the several recordings of Sir Arthur Bliss’s “grand and romantic” Piano Concerto, a series that began with Solomon and Adrian Boult, who performed the world premiere at the New York World’s Fair of 1939. Peter Donohoe, David Lloyd-Jones, and the Scottish Orchestra match the virtuosity and penetrating insights of Solomon and Boult, while Naxos provides brilliant sound to equal the Unicorn-Kanchana digital recording by Philip Fowke and David Atherton.

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Bruce Surtees
The WholeNote, July 2004

Bliss intended it to take its place on the concert platform with the Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Schumann But very few music lovers even know it exists. It deserves better and obviously Donohoe and Lloyd-Jones believe so because this new recording is very convincing indeed. ... Peter Donohoe once confided in me that he regretted being an exclusive EMI artist because new albums did not always appear in every territory. With Naxos he has no such worries.

Stephen Johnson
BBC Music Magazine, March 2004

"Played with the verve and scintillating accuracy by Peter Donohoe, It's never less than entertaining...Concerto for Two pianos is the most lively, attractive work on disc, full of quick, spiky wit and delight on colour, all well brought out by Donohoe, Martin Roscoe, orchestra and recording team.

Andrew Achenbach

"In recent times Bliss's swaggering Piano Concerto has found a champion in Peter Donohoe, and it's good that he has been able to set down his powerful interpretation as part of Naxos's British Piano Concerto series. As those thunderous octaves at the outset demonstrate, Bliss's bravura writing holds no terrors for Donohoe and he generates a satisfying rapport with David Lloyd-Jones and the RSNO.

[Peter Donohoe] With his commanding presence and rich tonal palette, exhibits remarkable empathy with Bliss's red-blooded inspiration. This rewarding Naxos disc deserves every success."

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