The Hugh Wood piano concerto still suits MacGregor perfectly…her performance had drive, wit and glittering precision.
BBC Proms, The Guardian
An exceptional disc, both for the work itself (Lou Harrison Piano Concerto) and the remarkable performance…. MacGregor matches the music’s ebb and flow seamlessly, from the glittering shower of clusters in the Stampede to the intense introspection of the slow movement.
BBC Music Magazine
This piece by the iconoclastic American composer Lou Harrison (CV includes forest fire-fighter, animal nurse and calligrapher) was written for the jazz pianist Keith Jarrett in 1983-85. It challenges any player¹s technique with its virtuosic demands. No one is better equipped to cope than Joanna MacGregor, who embraces the whirl of styles and influences (prairie, dance, Asian as well as Western classical and jazz) with grand passion and admirable precision. The first movement nods at Brahms and the Midwest. The second, entitled Stampede, scatters tone clusters like hailstones with a Latin beat; airy serenity takes over in the third movement and an intricate, featherweight canon dances through the last.
CD of the Week, The Observer