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John J. Puccio
Classical Candor, January 2013

Things begin with a kaleidoscope affair by composer Barbara Kolb…called All in Good Time…Kolb says it represents a rhythmic development of time, and it does indeed stop and start quite a lot on its way to its end. Fortunately, there are a few cute surprises along the way, and it makes for some fascinating listening, especially since Maestro Clarlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra seem to find much joy in it.

John Corigliano’s Midsummer Fanfare…I did like…quite a lot. It’s an energetic affair once it gets underway, and under Maestro Kalmar it’s most festive and confident. The piece alternates between sweet, lyrical passages, playful ones, and moody ones, endng on a fairly spirited note. It’s fun, and, as I say, I enjoyed it.

I have come to expect good things from Cedille Records and anything engineered or co-engineered by Bill Maylone, and he did not disappointed me. The audio is exemplary. The orchestral sound is vivid, clear, vibrant, and open, with plenty of dynamic range and impact. © 2013 Classical Candor Read complete review

Colin Clarke
Fanfare, November 2006

Sarabande in Memoriam was commissioned by New York’s Orchestra of St Luke’s in response to the terrible events of 9/11. Kernis based the work on the second movement of his String Quartet No. 2, expanding the forces used to make a more public statement of grief. The Sarabande as a genre is associated with a certain dignity. The Grant Park Orchestra gives a very special performance indeed. The control is evident in the sustained pianissimos. Glacial harmonies are contrasted with moments of warmth. © 2006 Fanfare Read complete review

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