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Stephen Francis Vasta
Opera News, November 2015

Carl St. Clair leads the Pacific Symphony in a sympathetic, committed performance. The players are expressive in the lyric passages and bring alert rhythmic assurance to the vigorous ones. © 2015 Opera News Read complete review

Robert Markow
Fanfare, November 2014

Every work I have ever heard by Danielpour has impressed me, and Toward a Season of Peace does so in spades. This is music of dark beauty, hushed mystery, sweeping gestures, deeply moving elegies and awesome climaxes that threaten to sweep you right out of the room. It is almost certain to become enshrined as one of the early 21st century’s great choral works. © 2014 Fanfare

Robert Markow
Fanfare, September 2014

Danielpour is a superb orchestrator, and makes much use of a large percussion section. This is music of dark beauty, hushed mystery, sweeping gestures, deeply moving elegies, and awesome climaxes that threaten to sweep you right out of the room. It is almost certain to become one of the early 20th century’s great choral works, and will definitely be on my Want List come December.

Program notes are minimal but hardly necessary. The engineering is as impressive as the playing. A sense of total commitment on the part of the orchestra, the chorus, and the conductor is almost palpable. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Laurence Vittes
Gramophone, July 2014

…a lot of world-class virtuoso playing from the Pacific Symphony and lusty singing from the Chorale. On the podium, Carl St Clair is expert as always at articulating a score deftly and with maximum impact. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, June 2014

Soprano Hila Plitmann joins the Pacific Chorale and Symphony Orchestra under their artistic director Carl St.Clair for this emotionally charged premiere. Powerful music, superb singing and outstanding orchestral support make this a significant addition to the contemporary oratorio genre. © 2014 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review

Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, April 2014

The performances are simply stellar and well-shaped with great color. Certainly worth exploring for those who are interested in new works of this type. It also seems to mark some further development of the composer’s artistic style and orchestral approach from earlier pieces as well. The Pacific Symphony and Chorale do great work here and Hila Plitmann’s voice serves these texts well in her interpretation. © 2014 Cinemusical Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, April 2014

Richard Danielpour achieved with this poignant oratorio an excellent musical work, eclectic certainly, but deeply committed to its subject. The impressing performance by Hila Plitmann, the Pacific Chorale and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carl St. Clair leaves no doubt that this work has the quality to become a common repertoire piece. © 2014 Pizzicato

David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2014

While writing this review, Danielpour’s new work gave me a salutary reminder that ‘as for man, his days are like the grass, for the wind passes over it and he is gone’. Into this hazy future comes Toward A Season of Peace…Opening forcibly with the anguish and drama of hammered percussion, you will find influences as diverse as Verdi, Bernstein, Mahler and Britten in the music that follows, Danielpour seeking a musical language that will reach as many people as possible in a 21st century world. Hila Plitmann has the radiant voice required; the Pacific Chorale are unfailingly powerful at the appropriate points, and the orchestra, with Carl St. Clair at the helm, are worthy participants in this world premiere recording. Derived from concert performances, the sound is excellent. © 2014 David’s Review Center

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