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Stephen Greenbank
MusicWeb International, November 2017

The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra’s stylish, enthusiastic and invigorating playing has been well-recorded. Deubner’s stunning virtuosity, intelligent and committed musicianship never fails to convince. …Enthusiastically recommended. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Guy Rickards
Gramophone, September 2017

Deubner’s strong tone, especially in the thinner upper register, is notably exploited in these two concertos, but the warmth and body of texture he draws from his instrument makes compelling listening of whatever he is playing…

Viola concertos were never like this! Fine performances, good sound, terrific fun. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, August 2017

Brett Deubner lives up to his growing reputation as one of today’s best violists, giving finely shaded performances of these works. He gets outstanding support from the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra under its artistic director Linus Lerner.

The instrumental timbre is lifelike with sparkling highs, a pristine, well-focused midrange, and clean, transient lows that go down to rock bottom. Late romantic music enthusiasts, as well as any audiophiles among them will be pleased with this release. © 2017 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review



Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, August 2017

Both works were written for Deubner, who has had more than 30 concertos dedicated to him. John Corigliano said of Amanda Harberg that she “writes truly beautiful music,” and her Concerto from 2011/12 more than supports that view, with a soaring and strongly rhythmical first movement described as a meditation on flight, a simply beautiful Aria middle movement and an energetic and joyful finale.

Wolpert’s Viola Concerto No.1, “Giants” reflects the composer’s fascination with ancient musical traditions and fable and legend as well as his extensive work in musical theatre.

Also on the disc is Harberg’s short Elegy from 2007, written for violin and piano and played here in Deubner’s excellent arrangement for viola and string orchestra.

Deubner is clearly in his element with these very attractive works. © 2017 The WholeNote Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, August 2017

The new concertos by Harberg and Wolpert are played very well, with the Southern Arizona Orchestra offering rich accompaniment under Linus Lermer’s apt direction. Excellent audio. This is an excellent unusual addition to the catalog. © 2017 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review



Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, July 2017

…conductor Linus Lerner does a pretty good job with the Southern Arizona Symphony, …Brett Deubner’s playing of the solo part is vivacious and lively, and he has a good sense of how his part fits into the surrounding structure.

…a refreshing and engaging disc of modern Americana. Despite its moments of power and tragedy, I found that this music was wonderful for lifting up your mood on a blah summer day! © 2017 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review





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