Complete understanding of the master of masters [Mozart] ... McLaren’s sonorous touch was a joy; his runs sparkled delicately without
insistence. Technically he was so sovereign that he was able to play relaxed and full of delight… Altogether this was simply beautiful!
—Wiener Zeitung, 07.05.1994
The young New Zealander was able to win over the musical side of the G major piano concerto K.453 by Mozart, with a sparkling, controlled
touch. Abstaining from “big gestures” at the keyboard, he breathed life into the piece with small, logical rubati. The orchestra obeyed by giving its time and attention to the pianist. The audience was filled with
—Tiroler Tageszeitung, 11.05.1994
The performer of his own opus completely opened up, sparkling with brilliant runs, thundering chordal passages, and pretty, lyrical
melodies. The strong individuality of the piano accompaniments in the “Müller Songs,” too, was well portrayed by the New Zealand pianist.
—Fuldaer Zeitung, 12.02.1994
There were charisma, naturalness and a direct approach … The piece as a whole required the touch of one able to master the ephemeral.
McLaren had this ability to make the fleeting glimpse tell.
—New Zealand Herald, 14.08.1995
In Mozart’s A major sonata, Marcus McLaren demonstrated precision and a technique which we witness only too seldom here. His explanatory
descriptions of the work’s history and the characteristics of the fortepiano in Mozart’s time increased the audience’s attention and relaxed the atmosphere.