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Jack Sullivan
American Record Guide, March 2013

The piano writing is elegant…and is beautifully played by Margo Garret. For fans of well-made neo-romantic music sensitively in touch with its texts, this is an attractive release. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Judith Malafronte
Opera News, February 2013

The most recent work, In Colors of Feelings, was commissioned by Susanna Phillips in 2009, and she offers a radiant performance. Phillips’s luscious soprano voice is clear and centered, and her handling of text seems effortless and natural.

…“Les Visages de l’Amour,” is sensitively sung by Elizabeth Futral…

[In] Nicolette et Aucassin…The two sopranos’ voices intertwine and blend beautifully in Lasser’s rhapsodic setting, commissioned by the disc’s eminent pianist, Margo Garrett. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review



George Adams
American Record Guide, January 2013

Lasser’s collection of songs is performed dutifully by the singers and pianist. These are listenable songs for voice, piano, and a narrator in one set. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online



Ken Smith
Gramophone, December 2012

…Lasser plumbs Germanic depths while managing to distil them on a Gallic surface without seeming superficial. Sopranos Susanna Phillips and Elizabeth Futral illuminate the music’s broad emotional terrain strictly by reaching within.

The success here partly lies in the choice of texts. One would be hard-pressed to find a more evocative poet than Wynelle Ann Carson, whose restraint in expression finds a carefully understated setting in Lasser’s In Colors of Feelings…and a touching embodiment in Phillips…Lasser covers a broader canvas in Les visages de l’amour…six French texts about love rendered in a full emotional arch by Futral. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Christian Dalzon
ConcertoNet.com, November 2012

In this new and lyrically attractive recording, composer Philip Lasser explores the distant path and the unknown present in songs.

The CD features three new vocal works with assured, soulful and deeply musical performances from sopranos Elizabeth Futral and Susanna Phillips, and pianist Margo Garrett.

The music combines the virtues of French musical culture: clarity, grace, and lyricism with idiomatic, American blues that gives an earthy tone to these compositions.

Sopranos Elizabeth Futral and Susanna Phillips, each with her own subtlety, bring vibrant warmth to Lasser’s music. Accompanied by pianist Margo Garrett, the musical performance is soulful, voluptuous at times, and deeply heartfelt. © 2012 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review






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