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Steven Kruger
Fanfare, May 2016

We are listening here to the conservatory orchestra of the Chicago College of Performing Arts and its smaller chamber self, but you could have fooled me into thinking the big orchestra was the CSO. Alondra de la Parra and Markand Thakar (normally conductor of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra) give flawless performances. …Bravo! © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, May 2016

The performances by the various student forces of the Chicago College of Performing Arts are quite impressive, as is the highly accomplished conducting and the recorded sound. Çedille has been a godsend for Chicago-based musicians and composers, and this new release attests to their exemplary standards. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Rebecca Lentjes
I Care If You Listen, March 2016

The narrative is represented musically with recurrent violin solos that interact with the forces centered around Medusa’s fate—forces that are personified by the startlingly crisp CCPA Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Alondra de la Parra. Medusa’s accompaniment roils and simmers in Sibelius-esque currents, cascading and ebbing through cinematic flashbacks and towards the middle getting interrupted by a percussion and wind interlude. The folksy repetitions sashay their way across the orchestra sections and onwards towards the layered, blustering reentry of the full ensemble. © 2016 I Care If You Listen Read complete review




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, March 2016

Thunderwalker, a three-movement triptych, may be the most successful piece on the disc in the sense that the title gives an excellent sense of what to expect, and the music delivers the goods with effortless virtuosity and accuracy. Garrop captures a series of mysterious, primal, ritualistic moods while exploiting the full resources of her chamber orchestra. …Garrop’s is a powerful musical personality, one well worth getting to know.

The playing of the CCPA (Chicago College of the Performing Arts) Symphony and Chamber Orchestras under, respectively, Alondra de la Parra and Markand Thakar, is amazingly confident, at times brilliant. © 2016 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Colin Clarke
Fanfare, March 2016

The score is technically demanding, and all credit to the CCPA SO for negotiating it with such effectiveness and involvement.

…a fascinating journey into the mind of a most talented composer. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Kara Dahl Russell
The WSCL Blog, January 2016

These are by no means classical works, blend world music and at quieter times, a pinch of new age minimalism with the force of thunder, and you’ll get a sense of Garrop’s work. Works here inspired by mythology and ancient peoples. Garrop’s works are being performed and comissioned all over the world. Hers is a name to know, and this particular CD is a great way to familiarze yourself with her sound. © 2016 The WSCL Blog Read complete review



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

The program shows us a composer of promise, filled with lucid musical ideas and a sure sense of the orchestral forces at hand. The music alternates between modern and tonally expressive, while remaining consistently eventful and scintillating. The “Mythology Symphony” is the most accomplished of the three. The other two works add to our appreciation of her development and are a good listen in themselves.

Recommended. © 2016 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



John J. Puccio
Classical Candor, December 2015

…Maestro de la Parra handles all of the symphony’s differing emotions with both energy and resolve. Likewise, the orchestra plays with enthusiasm and refinement, producing a lustrous, polished sound. © 2015 Classical Candor



Rad Bennett
RadsReferenceReviews, November 2015

Garrop’s orchestration is stunning. She really understands all the instruments of the orchestra. The writing for percussion and brass instruments stands with the best ever written. © 2015 RadsReferenceReviews Read complete review





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