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Karl Lozier
Positive Feedback Online, February 2008

This is fine music by a relatively unknown American composer. It is also beautifully played by a fine American orchestra conducted by an excellent and sympathetic rising star. As with my other recent reviews in the Naxos American Classics recordings, all have been consistently well performed if possibly subtly yielding a bit in resources and power generated by America's largest symphony orchestras. The recordings' audio qualities are surprisingly excellent and consistent, perhaps yielding to no others in modern stereo sound reproduction. …Highly recommend—very highly—search out these bargain priced Naxos recordings.

John Farrel
Long Beach Press Telegram, December 2003

"All three [works] show that there is much American music that deserves to be heard more often."

Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, December 2002

"Here's another gift from Naxos's American Classics series, and I use the word "gift" almost literally, because this series goes from strength to strength, carefully recovering unjustly forgotten or neglected chunks of American musical history and offering them to listeners at near-giveaway prices. Can you imagine any of the "big" classical labels being this adventurous? Enough said.

It is good to see the Buffalo Philharmonic making CDs (between blizzards, I suppose), as this American orchestra used to have a higher profile. I hope this is a harbinger of things to come. They relish Converse's music and hold nothing back. Falletta, the orchestra's music director, confirms her position as one of the most imaginative and dependable conductors at work today.

The engineering is excellent, if "in your face" at times. Naxos's usually exhaustive booklet note is a little less exhaustive here, but it supports the music and the listener who is coming to this music for the first time."

Lawrence A. Johnson
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, October 2002

"JoAnn Falletta directs the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with a strong incisive hand, yet allows Converse's melodies plenty of room to make their impact."

Claude Gingras
La Presse, July 2002

"In spite of the evident influences of Wagner, Brahms and Richard Strauss the two works (the Mystic Trumpeter and Endymion's Narrative) are written and orchestrated by a master and are the most beautiful to hear...JoAnn Falletta conducts with authority and strength...And her orchestra in Buffalo here sounds masterful with sumptuous strings and athletic brass - everything played American style."

Buffalo Business First, June 2002

"Winner of the Stokowski, Toscanini, Ditson and Bruno Walter conducting prizes, Buffalo Philharmonic Music Director JoAnn Falletta has received eight awards from the American Society of Composers and Publishers for creative programming, as well as the American Symphony Orchestra league's coveted John S. Edwards award for programming."

Bob McQuiston

"CDs don't get much better sounding than this one, which features music by one of the best late romantic composers to graduate from Harvard. These symphonic poems are beautifully written and orchestrated, but have an irreverence about them, which makes them more American than the European sounding creations of Converse's colleagues. This disc is a very entertaining, sonic spectacular!"

Greg La Traille

"Converse is an interesting composer whose music is meticulously crafted. Joann Falletta leads the Buffalo Philharmonic, and they sound like they're having a wonderful time mixing a familiar romantic musical language from an exciting "new" personality. You will too, and the price is great. Enjoy!"

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