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Allen Gimbel
American Record Guide, July 2016

Ms Sokolovic is an unrepentant modernist with Baltic roots. …Her music is often brutally and entertainingly bombastic, often quietly cosmic and structurally scattered, with some Eastern European dance elements. It is brilliantly crafted.

An excellent release. …Performances are superb. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Laurence Vittes
Gramophone, July 2016

Vez for solo cello…is like hearing a cellist in another room warming up before singing a long, lovely, haunted song.

Portrait parle for piano trio, inspired by a police physiognomy chart, Paris, 1900, is more self-conscious in its goals and attitudes, but even so long stretches go when there is little movement but tons of sheer ecstatic beauty, using the high registers of all three instruments. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Charles T. Downey
Ionarts, June 2016

The Trois Etudes for piano are action-packed miniatures, given acidic edge by the group’s pianist, Brigitte Poulin, while Guy Pelletier draws forth atmospheric sounds from the bass flute in the evocative duet with piano Un bouquet de brume. …Along with Portrait parle, the other piece for larger ensemble, Ciaccona, performed here in the arrangement Sokolović created for Ensemble Transmission, generates the most consistent interest. © 2016 Ionarts Read complete review



Wendalyn Bartley
The WholeNote, April 2016

With six works performed by Montreal’s Ensemble Transmission, a mixed chamber ensemble for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion and piano, the recording is a vibrant demonstration of the rhythmic vitality and scope of Sokolović’s compositional talents. Each piece is scored for different combinations of instruments, ranging from the haunting and atmospheric sounds of bass flute and piano in Un bouquet de brume to the effervescent Ciaccona for the full ensemble.

Sokolović’s music appeals to a wide variety of listeners. Her ear for unique sonorities combined with classically based strategies for musical transformation blended with a dynamic pulse that runs throughout each piece makes this CD a multi-varied and rich listening experience. © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review



Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer, April 2016

Ensemble Transmission prove terrific advocates of Sokolović’s music. © 2016 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review



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

Ensemble Transmission handles adroitly and expressively the performance duties on this album, with six artists participating variously in the works as called for.

Whatever Ms. Sokolovic addresses in these works, many in first recordings, the music comes to us in memorably declamatory prosaic form, a highly aesthetic and elaborate kind of musical Morse code that signifies a self-referential content with a refreshing directness and originality.

The music wears well and leaves you with a feeling of satisfaction that one has encountered significant modern contemporary music. © 2016 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Paul E. Robinson
Musical Toronto, April 2016

As a composer, Sokolović demonstrates a predilection for repeating notes and figures, much in the manner of a Philip Glass or John Adams and other minimalist composers. While in less competent hands these procedures can often become tedious, Sokolović imbues this approach with dynamism. Another of her skills is the ability to be succinct, saying what she wants to say with admirable economy of means and length. © 2016 Musical Toronto Read complete review



Ettore Garzia
Percorsi Musicali, March 2016

Ana Sokolovic knows very well the didactic methods of the music and the possibilities for developing the dimension of its reality. She works as a childlike artist who filters her training through the innocence of her own artistic expression. The mood of people, the sound of voices or things, the simple poetry of a Balkan rhythm, are conveyed into the indefinable mazes of contemporary music. © 2016 Percorsi Musicali Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2016

Born in Serbia in 1968, but having lived for the past twenty years in Canada, the disc of chamber music describes her as one of the nation’s ‘foremost composers’. That description would be confirmed with Vez, the opening track containing a work for solo cello that takes us back to Penderecki in his exploratory period, gripping attention from the highly energized opening and through the periods of ruminating respite. There is ample probing into the instrument’s very differing sonorities that would surely find it a place in the cello repertoire. I am equally taken by the Trois Etudes for solo piano, each quite short but offering a kaleidoscope of tonal colours that are continually intriguing. That is equally true of Portrait parle for violin, cello and piano, a score that is a million miles from a conventional piano trio, members coming together than going off into their own world. By the time we reach the disc’s mid-point we have discovered a composer entrenched in her Balkan roots, both in terms of rhythms and melodic ingredients, that impression cemented in the disc’s most extended score, Ciaccona, here performed by an instrumental sextet. Throughout I have found her most persuasive when writing just for one musical voice, this final work largely made up of linked solo passages, the moods constantly changing from lyric to hard-hitting atonality. For certain Sokolovic places many technical demands on the performers, but as she is the disc’s Producer, I take these to be benchmark interpretations from the Montreal-based group. Very up-front and analytical sound quality. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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