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Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, January 2017

This is “pure” vocal music in an international modern style. There are no obvious vernacular touches but instead a play on consonance and dissonance, almost hearkening back to the Viennese School but ultimately original and captivating in its own right.

It’s a surprise and will be a joy for all attracted to the modern-day extensions of the lieder.

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Joshua Rosenblum
Opera News, January 2017

The versatile, accomplished soprano Susan Narucki and dexterous guitarist Colin McAllister perform all three songs smoothly and persuasively. © 2017 Opera News Read complete review

Donald Rosenberg
Gramophone, November 2016

Peter Scott Lewis has a vivid and idiosyncratic affinity for the human voice, as can be heard on ‘The Four Cycles’, a disc that spans four decades of creative activity.

The performers include two vibrant soloists, mezzo-soprano Christine Abraham and soprano Susan Narucki, and the expert New York Virtuoso Singers Quartet conducted by the composer. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Joshua Kosman
San Francisco Chronicle, October 2016

The music of San Francisco composer Peter Scott Lewis combines ingratiating surfaces—strong-boned tonal harmonies and melodic gracefulness—with secure structural underpinnings that keep everything logically in place. The results come through handsomely in this compilation of four song cycles of various hues and scales, all of them performed with delicacy and vigor. …Even more arresting are the solo works, beginning with “Where the Heart Is Pure,” …mezzo-soprano Christine Abraham and pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi bring out the music’s vaulting pictorialism. But the tiny, sparkling gem here is “Three Songs From Ish River,” a gorgeous and maddeningly brief triptych delivered superbly by soprano Susan Narucki and guitarist Colin McAllister. © 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2016

Peter Scott Lewis, born in 1953, belongs to that group of North American composers who work in a musical language based on the modern use of tonality. The present disc covers his complete output of vocal music in the shape of song cycles beginning almost forty years ago with Three Songs From Ish River. Written over a two year period, and using the Indian name for the coastal area of Washington State, it uses a soprano and guitar to paint words in music, though the poems used are then for the reader’s interpretation. At this point in his career he was not a ‘lyrical’ writer, in the way we normally use that word, and at times the voice leaps around in the style of Alban Berg. Where the Heart is Pure came fifteen years later, his writing having matured and linked back with Americana in the era of Copland, accompaniment playing a more important part of the pictures he is creating. Using poems by Robert Sund that reflect rural America, it is here performed in a version for piano and mezzo, an adaptation of the original score for voice and chamber orchestra. Another twenty years pass to The Changing Light, his ideas far more striking and outgoing with the use of a vocal quartet and piano. There are hints of the ‘close harmony’ of popular music from yesteryear as we move into the city of San Francisco for the opening song. Three years ago he completed Five Love Motets to his own poems, in much the same mode but now in the classical world of the motet. With the composer in charge of the recording sessions, I am sure he was well pleased with the performances. © 2016 David’s Review Corner

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