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Edith Eisler
Strings Magazine, December 2008

This CD illustrates its mission’s success. The performers are major competition winners enjoying international careers; the composers are recipients of multiple awards and commissions and teach at prestigious colleges and conservatories. All the featured works, except Jalbert’s Trio, are world-premiere recordings.

The playing throughout is excellent… Read complete review

Robert Carl
Fanfare, March 2008

The music is of a very high level, immaculately performed throughout.

Pann’s piece is the greatest fun. Jalbert (the one composer whose name I already knew) probably has the most polished surface and elevated modernist (though quite accessible) rhetoric. Garrop is certainly the most ambitious, and her work grows in interesting directions. The first two movements reference Bartók and Crumb respectively to my ear, but in the third, which portrays the interior cataclysm of the unnamed protagonist, she seems to loosen her stylistic grip on the materials and lets them collide with one another in ever more imaginative ways. © 2008 Fanfare Read complete review

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