The Strad - RPO/Brabbins - Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Concerto No. 1 - 12/3/13

"Parallels have been drawn between the Violin Concerto and that of Sibelius as well as with Bartok's Second, but it has an idiom all of its own. Jack Liebeck relished in exploring this world, whether in the eloquent and soaring, though angular lines of the first movement, the touching Highland air of the second or the folk-dance elements of the third. Putting aside the technical challenges, which were brilliantly met, Liebeck established such a ready affinity with the work, and gave such a persuasive reading that he could almost have been playing the Lark Ascending."

reviewed by Edward Bhesania