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Stephen Smoliar
Examiner.com, August 2014

There is a transparency to Festinger’s approach to chamber music, which facilitates the ability to listen to both the contributions of the individual instruments and the overall mix of their sonorities.

…[this] is an album of four pieces, each of which has been crafted with meticulous attention… © 2014 Examiner.com Read complete review




Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, June 2014

All the music is quite listenable if you are a fan of contemporary music. Conductor Harvey Sollberger gets a lot out of the ensemble, as this music is challenging and in places downright difficult to play with staggered entrances and non-conventional rhythms. The playing is uniformly excellent. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2014

Richard Festinger was born in 1948 on the north west coast of the United States where he was brought up and now works in education and as a prolific composer. Though he has appeared professionally as a jazz guitarist, his compositions are at the very cutting edge of avant garde American classical music written in the 20th and 21st century. Essentially couching his scores in atonality, it occasionally crosses the divide to create the modern lyricism in the song-cycle, The Coming of Age, a piece scored for soprano and chamber group with a solo piano role. My starting point for anyone coming to his music would be in the 2001 composition, A Dream Foretold written for the New York New Music Ensemble. The growth of the opening movement, from its initial cello solo, is largely achieved by having repeated cells on various dynamic planes, to which he adds new cells to create interesting sound colours. From there you can move to the conversational piece, Laws of Motion, its five solo instruments coming together as the piece progresses…the sound is very much up-front and with admirable clarity. © 2014 David’s Review Center





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