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John Whitmore
MusicWeb International, September 2014

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and soloists play magnificently throughout and the natural detailed…recording sounds fresh and warm. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, July 2014

This, the last entry in the series of Strathclyde Concertos composed by Maxwell Davies, is in some ways the best, not just because Concerto No. 9 is a sinfonia concertante for woodwinds and No. 10 is a concerto for orchestra, but because these instrumental combinations seemed to inspire the composer to some of his most remarkable music.

…a fine collection of music played with outstanding commitment by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, July 2014

…the soloists—indeed the whole Scottish Chamber Orchestra—meet or exceed all high expectations created in the previous recordings, and the music, while not easy, is rewarding in proportion to the listener’s investment in it.

…this release, containing some compelling works of one of our most accomplished living composers…is urgently recommended. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, March 2014

One is delighted to welcome the final issue in this series of Strathclyde Concertos to the catalogue…

…the playing by the members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under the composer’s baton is superlative and responsive. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2014

This is the final disc in the complete recording of the Strathclyde Concertos, a series of works written to showcase principals of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The Ninth is a ‘gathering together’ score using those instruments that have not employed in the previous concertos…The enclosed booklet relates the composer’s desire to recreate in orchestral colours the weather that invades his Orkney home during the winter months. They are mostly grey, though at times the turbulent sea creates unrest in the music, the performance becoming a fitting memorial to the piccolo of David Nicholson who has died since the recording was made. The Tenth brings together those many soloists featured in the series thus far to form a concerto for orchestra. It is a virtuoso piece, not in the obvious sense as we find in Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, but in the need to weave colours—often requiring technically demanding playing…Carolisima brings together a carol and Scottish tunes given the Davies 20th century treatment. Conducted by the composer, the whole series will be the benchmark for others that I hope will follow. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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