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Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, May 2016

The works performed are superbly crafted and clearly chosen to provide a satisfying program. The performances are professional-caliber, the conducting is vital and deeply perceptive… © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Barry Kilpatrick
American Record Guide, January 2016

…the Hartt Wind Ensemble offers just three works. All are excellent, as are the readings. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



BandWorld, October 2015

I commend Glen Adsit and the Hartt School Wind Ensemble for an exceptional performance of this highly demanding program. © 2015 BandWorld



David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2015

It would be nice to think that the whole world of music had heard of Stephen Gryc, Susan Botti and Jess Turner, for they are producing some very attractive scores. I guess that is not true, and it would have been most helpful if the enclosed booklet had told us who they are, and where they come from. Gryc’s Concerto, dating from 2011 is in the mould of Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, and has been devised to showcase the various departments of the wind ensemble spiced with an array of percussion instruments. In four contrasting movements its roots are embedded in the mainstream mid-20th century. There is plenty of high impact and excitement, though it needs a quite extensive range of tonal hues, the second movement Burlesque being pure fun, while the following Meditation offers an oasis of rest. From the same year comes Susan Botti’s Terra Cruda (Raw Earth) and, as that would suggest, it has the gait and weight of a dinosaur striding across the scene. Turner’s picture of the fairy tale gnome, Rumpelstilzchen, is in three linked but contrasting movements, the first showing him turning straw into gold; the second is The Maiden’s Lament, and his dance of fury provides a noisy conclusion. It really is good fun, the score tuneful and vividly painted. The technical ability of young ensembles continue to amaze me, the Hartt School and their conductor, Glen Adsit, in the top league of American student groups, their performances having professionalism written all over them. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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