Also in March of 2018, MusicWeb International, the leading British classical CD site, deemed the Eileen Joyce set as "Recording of the Month," with critic Stephen Greenbank observing that "this superb collection will grace any historical piano recordings collection." He adds, "The Rachmaninov Prelude selection and Shostakovich Fantastic dances find the ideal interpreter in Joyce, who delivers idiomatic readings with plenty of personality. In the Arensky D minor Trio, Op. 32, the pianist joins forces with Henri Temianka on violin and Antoni Sala on cello. The players savour the soaring lyricism of the music, investing passion, power and energy when required. One of the finest versions I've heard." The full review can be read simply by clicking on the image at the right.
The accolades bestowed last December by Pianist magazine can be found here, and the briefer, though highly complimentary, review which appeared in January in the Classical Music Guide appears here. Jed Distler's authoritative praise may be found here at ClassicsToday.com, though a subscription is required to read the full text. However, few critics have exceeded Australia's David Barmby in the praise he conferred in the Melbourne-based Performing Arts Hub: "These recordings include many of the concertos with which Joyce is most closely associated including a most moving Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2, a joyous Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 2 (in his pupil Siloti’s edition), a superbly articulated, argued, brilliant and dazzling Piano Concerto by Grieg and notably outstanding performances of John Ireland’s engaging Piano Concerto and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 1. However, Joyce’s Chopin is the outstanding material here, breathing a free spaciousness, delicacy and understatement. The Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op 118 are imaginative with a sensuous elasticity. There is a raft of occasional pieces conveyed with precision, wit and charm, particularly Grieg’s Lyric Pieces, Op 43." His full review can be read here.