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Andrew Druckenbrod
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 2003

"Torke's post-minimalism remains a splash of cool water on the face, and, whether rhythmically charged or poignant, this music is infectious. Critic's Pick"

Rad Bennett, June 2003

"Soloist Colin Currie plays as if he had three or more hands at times, never missing a beat. To call this virtuoso playing would be to create a supreme understatement. One comes away from this recording wishing it had been a DVD-V disc so that the visual part of the performance could have been experienced as well as the audio. The orchestra provides excellent support...this is a thoroughly enjoyable disc of music not to be heard anywhere else. And since it is in the Naxos series, one can adventure and purchase it for minimal cost. It is by offering this kind of bargain that Naxos has become such a prominent and successful company."

Stephen Ellis
Fanfare, June 2003

"Colin Currie is a brilliant British percussionist, and Marin Alsop leads performances that seem well rehearsed and committed. Torke fans will want this, especially for the two tone poems, I'm sure."

John Kersey
Tempo: A Quarterly Review of Modern Music, April 2003

"Michael Torke's music is distinguished by a considerable energy and great feeling for orchestral colour, both of which are in ample evidence on this disc. In these three works, written between 1998 and 2001, he shows himself to be broadening stylistically and evidencing a vitality that may fairly be described as life-enhancing...A splendidly played and recorded disc, this is an important release for Torke and shows him as a composer at the height of his powers."

Giselher Schubert
Fono Forum, April 2003

"Die Einspielung der Werke Coplands durch das Nashville Chamber Orchestra unter Paul Gambill mit hervorragenden Solisten ist hingegen vorzuglich ausgefallen: zugig, lebendig, klangschon und voller Atmosphare.

Colin Currie ist ein spielerisch-virtuoser Solist des Schlagzeugkonzertes, der die rhythmische Mechanik des Werkes verlebendigt und gewissermasen in Schwingung versetzt."

Nicholas Williams
BBC Music Magazine, February 2003

"Colin Currie's account of the percussion concerto Rapture gets full marks both for sustained energy and good humour."


"Naxos continues to impress fine, well-recorded releases of unusual repertory."

Hubert Culot
MusicWeb International

"Torke's hugely entertaining. The music is also superbly crafted and unpretentious in its own way, which is one of its most endearing qualities. Present-day Americana, superbly played and recorded, to be simply enjoyed for what it is worth."

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