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Marc Medwin
Fanfare, January 2018

The success of a disc such as this depends just as much on the playing as on the music. Luckily, Zupko is the pianist throughout, and he’s a great one. His many colors, accents, and witty turns of self-interpretive phrase are captured brilliantly by the recording team in a wonderful acoustic. While this is no surprise, given Çedille’s top-drawer recordings, it is certainly a pleasure to report that all elements are in place for what is really a superb program of chamber pieces by a composer to match. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, June 2017

Mischa Zupko writes with a modernist flourish music that sometimes has a lyrical underpinning, while always to my ears blossoms forth with a personal fluidity in his insightful musical-dialectical discourse.

There is no simple description of how this music plays itself out. Every work is a world unto itself. Zupko is musically multilingual in the way he adapts a spectrum of tonal possibilities and spins his own original form and content for each.

The trio of musicians each brings an enormous absorption and focus to the music, making it sing, bringing its reflective and reflexive brilliance to bear on our experiencing ears.

Zupko has a musical mind both open and exceptionally inventive, certainly as exemplified by the works on this album. He is like a fine wine. He is best savored, allowed to breathe. You need to open yourself up, to permit his many faceted music to resonate against your listening sensibilities in a state of centered concentration, Like a complex wine at a peak of maturation, the long finish you experience is just as you might have hoped, in the end satisfying and total in its effect. © 2017 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

Allen Gimbel
American Record Guide, May 2017

The composer is at the piano. Mr Zupko writes in a rhapsodic, romantic post-tonal style, always disciplined and winningly musical.

This is an impressive release by a talented and well-schooled composer who should be better known. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, April 2017

A wonderment of shades of color infatuate this fascinating composer’s music.

…I must say that I find the music rather muscular, dark, hard-hitting in its use of many singular melodic elements and repetitive motives, with a fine sense of coloration and dramatic impulse.

I will say that the final piece here—Love Obsession—is the highlight of the disc for me, a ten-minute gorgeous exploration of unending pursuit of an idea and ideal, brilliantly carried off by the performers with seriousness of intent and engaged, nonstop persistency in portraying something that, ultimately, eludes portrayal! © 2017 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Colin Clarke
Fanfare, March 2017

This is very stimulating music, expertly performed. The composer himself is the pianist, impeccable throughout; the recording too is top drawer. A fascinating release. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review, December 2016

Zupko’s music has many interesting elements, and the performers here, including Zupko himself and two musicians who are the dedicatees of several of the works, handle the material with skill and commitment. When Zupko thinks beyond the obviousness of some of his themes (in the sense of topics), he comes up with more-interesting themes (in the sense of musical material). His works do not need the electronic involvement of Love Obsession to be effective—they just need structural and presentation thoughtfulness, coupled with performances as skilled as these. © 2016 Read complete review

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