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Grant Chu Covell
La Folia, March 2015

…Beckerman’s argument convinces. Deas provides grand narration for what are now quaint words. © 2015 La Folia Read complete review

Luke Taylor
Minnesota Public Radio, December 2014

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Dvořák and America is a new recording that tells Dvořák’s story while he was in America: what he experienced, how he impacted Americans and their composers, and how he processed his experiences into music. © 2014 Minnesota Public Radio

Paul E. Robinson
Musical Toronto, October 2014

The Hiawatha Melodrama is narrated by Kevin Deas in a style that recalls the old-fashioned stage actors of the early Twentieth Century…the performances are all very good. © 2014 Musical Toronto Read complete review

Robert Benson, September 2014

Here’s an unusual CD from Naxos devoted to music by Dvorák and music inspired by him relating to his time in America. Excellent performances throughout, and text is provided for Hiawatha. This is a fascinating, unusual disk worthy of investigation. © 2014 Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, July 2014

The main piece of this program is the Hiawatha Melodrama, a concert work for narrator and orchestra showing the relation between Dvořák’s New World Symphony and Longfellow’s poem The Song of Hiawatha, which Dvořák said had inspired him in the symphony. This work and some other compositions honor the relation between the Czech composer and American music and culture. © 2014 Pizzicato

David Hurwitz, July 2014

This is one of those rare “concept albums” where the concept actually works. It offers a truly fresh and interesting perspective on Dvořák’s American period, while still assembling a program that makes for enjoyable listening on its own. Few of us bother to read Longfellow’s poem anymore, but hearing it wedded to Dvořák’s music really does create a powerful and, somehow, nostalgic atmosphere of perhaps a more innocent age. I found it quite moving, and the rest of the performances very enjoyable. You will too. © 2014 Read complete review, July 2014

The excerpts used in Hiawatha Melodrama…are feelingly delivered by narrator Kevin Deas, and are accompanied by well-chosen music that PostClassical Ensemble plays engagingly.

This compendium of music and words provides a genuinely interesting and difficult-to-describe musical experience that provides considerable insight into the ways in which America influenced Dvořák and the way the great Czech composer returned the favor. © 2014 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2014

Attempting to rewrite history, the notes with the present disc dismisses the much documented homesickness of Dvořák during his time teaching in the United States. In its place we have a new work by Joseph Horowitz…in which he seeks to promote the premiss that Dvořák was very much at home during his three years there, and that his ‘New World’ Symphony was inspired by Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha. This world première recording is the prelude to William Fisher’s song Going Home, a setting of the Largo from the New World Symphony; the second movement of the Violon Sonata, used in the Hiawatha Melodrama, and some of Dvořák’s piano pieces including the ‘American’ Suite. The disc is completed by three short works from Arthur Farwell that have a tenuous link with Dvořák by virtue of his affection for American Indian music…the admirable PostClassical Orchestra and its conductor, Angel Gil-Ordóñez [is] responsible for the Hiawatha Melodrama. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

WQXR (New York), June 2014

The fine Benjamin Pasternack is the soloist on the piano works. © 2014 WQXR (New York) Read complete version

Herman Trotter
The Buffalo News, June 2014

The performances are unfailingly excellent, with Kevin Deas…deserves special mention for his mellifluous yet passionate narration of the Hiawatha texts…This…deserves your full attention… © 2014 The Buffalo News Read complete review

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