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Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, March 2017

…this unassumingly packaged new CD must surely be considered as one of the most important and valuable of all, containing world première recordings of three pieces by Kevin Puts. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

John Quinn
MusicWeb International, February 2017

I enjoyed this disc very much. All the music is accessible, appealing and well-imagined for the orchestra. I think I’m right in saying that Kevin Puts is on the staff of the Peabody Institute. The orchestra of the Conservatory certainly do him proud; their playing is very good indeed. This is their first major label recording; surely it won’t be their last. Here they are clearly galvanised by Marin Alsop, who, on the evidence of this and her previous recording, appears to be something of a champion of this composer. The engineering is by members of the Peabody’s own Recording Arts Department and they’ve done an excellent job. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Elinor Cooper
BBC Music Magazine, December 2016

Kevin Puts is a contemporary American composer. His Symphony No. 2—a musical illustration of the events of 9/11—is movingly performed under the direction of Marin Alsop, alongside some of his lighter music. © 2016 BBC Music Magazine

Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, October 2016

Puts’ works are moving and the composer is worth keeping your eye and ears on.

…accessible and emotional. If you haven’t heard his music, this disc will make a fine introduction. The Peabody Symphony plays effortlessly, and the recording is nicely balanced and dynamic. Puts is a composer worth following, and I recommend this disc. © 2016 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, October 2016

This is music to bring you to life, played marvelously by Alsop and Peabody.

It is not out to be especially modern but it is fine music, finely detailed. © 2016 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

Andrew Farach-Colton
Gramophone, October 2016

LSO principal Adam Walker plays the solo part with exquisite grace and purity of tone, and Marin Alsop elicits an impressively polished performance from Peabody’s student orchestra… © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone, September 2016

The best piece here is the Flute Concerto, with Adam Walker’s excellent playing complementing the equally fine sound of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra under Alsop… © 2016 Read complete review

Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), September 2016

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2012, Kevin Puts now stands in the forefront of contemporary American composers. His powerfully conceived Symphony No 2 is a musical illustration of the events of 9/11 and traces a movement from unsuspecting bliss and rhapsody through violent upheaval to a reflective epilogue that contains both uncertainty and hope. Inspired by thoughts of the Mississippi, River’s Rush employs novel harmonies, while elegant transparency distinguishes the refined beauty of the Flute Concerto. © 2016 WFMT (Chicago)

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, August 2016

Here we have an orchestral portrait of one of the most inventive American composers, Kevin Puts, who has a lot to say in his evocative and colourful music. © 2016 Pizzicato

Tim Smith
The Baltimore Sun, August 2016

Although the music becomes darker, more angular and percussive, Puts never pushes the imagery too far and closes the symphony with music that is all about healing, dignity and tomorrow. Alsop brings out those qualities in an impressive performance with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. The all-Puts disc also offers a deft account of the exuberant “River’s Rush.” In the Flute Concerto, with its Mozart-infused Andante and hand-clap-punctuated finale, Adam Walker is a supple, pearly-toned soloist. © 2016 The Baltimore Sun Read complete review

Blair Sanderson, August 2016

This album is a fine introduction to a rising composer whose music is highly accessible, emotionally satisfying, and memorable. © 2016 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2016

Born in 1972 and a native of St. Louis, the composer, Kevin Puts, came to international notice when the opera Silent Night was gifted the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. Educated at the Eastman Rochester School of Music and Yale University, Samuel Adler, Jacob Druckman and William Bolcom feature among his mentors. To date, his works place him among the new generation of American composers working in a listener-friendly tonality, with just a glance at minimalism in his love of repetition. Of the three works on the disc—all composed in the present century and here receiving their world premiere—the earliest is the one-movement Second Symphony, a musical realisation of the events that took place when terrorists attacked New York’s twin towers. A work of its time, written within weeks of the happening, the graphic score opens with the peace of the morning that is shattered by the attack and the frenzy that followed. Commissioned by the Saint Louis Symphony, River’s Rush, is also pictorial as a river comes in full flow, the changing appearances of the Mississippi River in different lights that he had seen many years ago having lingered in Puts’s memory. The Flute Concerto from 2014, a three-movement score that looks back to mainstream Americana in the early twentieth century, has a lyric and fast flowing opening movement and a vivacious finale that surrounds a central Andante recalling the era of Copland. Never for one moment does the Peabody Symphony, based on the music students from Baltimore’s Conservatory, sound anything other than a top quality professional orchestra. The young principal flute of the London Symphony, Adam Walker, is a most superb soloist, with Kevin Puts’s champion, Marin Alsop, the distinguished conductor. The college recording team create a super sound. © 2016 David’s Review Corner

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