After the one-chord orchestral introduction [of Saint-Saens Concerto], Newman quickly established a confident grip on the music's emotional intensity, playing with a warm, clean tone. Eschewing showy physicality, he simply gave vivid expression to both turbulent outburst and forlorn introspection. He was especially adept at using vibrato -- or lack of it -- to shape and point up various phrases. Newman should have a major career.
Saint-Saens Concerto with North Carolina Symphony
— Roy C. Dicks, Raleigh News and Observer