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Ryan Vigil
American Record Guide, September 2014

Ode to a Nightingale…is the most integrated of the cycles presented here. Baritone Brett Polegato inhabits the music nicely. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Bruce Hodges
The Juilliard Journal Online, September 2014

Appleby sounds magnificent in The Red Vineyard, an intimate setting of a piece in which van Gogh expresses a childlike wonder at the glory of color, and the tenor nails the slight melancholy in the closing Souvenir. Brian Zeger…emphasizes the lyricism in Moore’s sweeping piano lines.

Soprano Susanna Phillips is masterful in So Free Am I, with texts written by women from various historical periods, including two poems by sixth-century Buddhist nuns. Orinda Upon Little Hector Philips, by Katherine Philips, is an agonizing cry from a mother whose son lived just a month, but afterward, the mood turns wry for the hilarious Nervous Prostration by Anna Wickham…[Susanna] Phillips offers lustrous tone coupled with strong characterization, and Zeger’s accompaniment is marvelously clear and attentive.

Brett Polegato’s gorgeous baritone closes the program with John Keats’s Ode to a Nightingale. Moore shows great finesse setting the dense beauty of the text’s eight stanzas, and has created a cycle that, like the other two, many singers would do well to add to their arsenal. Zeger combines clarity and sensitivity in Moore’s florid piano part.

Recording engineer Adam Abeshouse shows all three singers and the pianist in the best possible light. © 2014 The Juilliard Journal Online Read complete review



Steven Jude Tietjen
Opera News, August 2014

Each of these three song cycles…displays composer Ben Moore’s aptitude for psychologically probing yet undeniably appealing storytelling.

Moore’s setting of W. B. Yeats’s dreamy “Lake of Innisfree” is perhaps the composer’s most lovable song, and when sung with Appleby’s poetic musicality, it is the perfect coda to an album of dreams, explorations and exultations. © 2014 Opera News Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, June 2014

All the performers do well expressing Moore’s intentions. All cover their parts well and allow the music to bloom forth for us to enjoy and enter into.

Moore has a true affinity with and talent for the song cycle. Anyone who appreciates the form and looks for something modern and contemporary-tonal will respond readily to these cycles. Moore and his music have conviction and a beautiful sense of line. Recommended. © 2014 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review





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