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Daniel Barbiero
Avant Music News, December 2015

The highlight of the collection is Still Turning, which features a remarkable performance by Uitti. This gravely beautiful piece, which takes best advantage of the cello’s range and vocal properties, is marked by a slow, measured lower register line played with expressive dynamics which eventually moves up in register and culminates in virtuosic, technically expansive playing. As with most of the other works, the electronic component is most noticeable as the performance moves towards its conclusion. In fact, with its balance of emotion and technique, Still Turning seems to epitomize Staniland’s aesthetic. © 2015 Avant Music News Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, September 2015

Staniland certainly has imaginative conceptual creativity that he realizes in each of the pieces. The music sounds eclectically contemporary and retains interest. The electronic part generally reinforces the live music without calling much attention to itself. © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Andrew Timar
The WholeNote, September 2015

Virtuoso Toronto percussionist Ryan Scott brings both the ferocity and lyrical sensitivity suggested by Staniland’s score alive in his musically sensitive performance. As for the electronics, they effectively extend the percussion sounds, bouncing them around the listening space, sometimes resulting in mysterious sonifications.

All five works receive terrifically musical and convincing performances. Each one has special musical felicities… © 2015 The WholeNote Read complete review



Ettore Garzia
Percorsi Musicali, August 2015

Andrew Staniland is among the heirs of the best Canadian electroacoustic music. He is a composer particularly stimulated by developments of the old classical composition, as well as by the new doctrines of electronics. He is a supporter of the interaction with the instruments and this monographic collection from Naxos is the best thing that you can hear from this Canadian composer and his research.

In these compositions, there is a modern concept applied to an old one: to examine all that can be contemporary (from compositional writing to the new electronic/informatic instruments) and put it in a classical harmonic structure (or at least to try). © 2015 Percorsi Musicali



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2015

Andrew Staniland, born in Canada in 1977, has established himself as one of today’s most progressive composers in combining instruments and electronics. The present disc covers works composed over the past eight years, each one written for a soloist in partnership with electronics that take many forms from looping to its straightforward use as an ‘instrument’. Opening with Ryan Scott as the percussionist in Talking Down the Tiger, Chinese/Japanese influences create a series of intriguing sounds, much of them quiet and pastoral. Dreaded Sea Voyage features the guitar of Rob MacDonald, his part almost imitative of electronics in its staccato rhythms. Flute vs Tape comes as the disc’s short scherzo, the flute playing with itself on tape in a mood of pleasure. If to this point I held mixed feelings as to the music, the most extended work, Still Turning, is in a very different world. Here we do have a masterpiece of our time. Think of Kodály’s unaccompanied Cello Sonata; add the cadenza from Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto; wrap it up in 21st century dress, and you have this riveting, and often brutal score that takes tonality forward into our time. It forms a daunting challenge for the cellist played with much technical brilliance and conviction by Frances Marie Uitti, the role of electronics both modest and skillfully incorporated. I have played the work many times with increasing enjoyment. By contrast True North has all the allure of a soprano saxophone and a dripping tap, but it is all over in ten minutes. Experimentalists tread a very difficult path as they take us into an unaccustomed musical world, but Staniland is succeeding. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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