There is nothing seriously wrong about this release; the performances seem to be well-prepared, and Michael Houstoun gives a straightforward performance with little fuss and plenty of character and spirit. But both concertos sound, in the end, a little staid, with the rhythmic figures being somewhat heavy and even a little sluggish at time. The finale of the first, in particular, suffers, with too little spirit and attack. Still, the performances are more than serviceable, and no one coming to the for the first time here will fail to recognize what the fuss is all about. But it is no match, in the end, for - say - Hamelin, Alexeev or Argerich (the latter in the first concerto, at least). The couplings are also decent, with a finely and raucously played Festive Overture which makes the appropriate impact, and a somewhat less characterful Golden Age suite, which is simply too unpolished and untidy (especially the Adagio suffers). Sound quality, however, is pretty good, and all in all this is a very decent release.