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Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, September 2014

Delos’s sound is consistently close but resonant. Philip Edward Fisher does heroic work as the star of the album, and the guest stars are good too, especially violinist Sakharova. This is a far easier entry into Sean Hickey’s world…and also provides a more rounded picture of a composer with diverse ideas, interests and influences. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, September 2014

…Sean Hickey’s music has a great deal of sophistication. The opening work, Cursive…is certainly not a piece that everyone will like, but one must take it for what it is…Impressionistic…

It is an excellent piece, well constructed and meaningful in a way that is hard to describe…This is a truly fine work.

The CD ends with…The Birds of Barclay Street. This work…leaves a good impression…A very good disc…and one worth hearing. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Stephen Estep
American Record Guide, September 2014

Pied-a-Terre, for flute, harp, and viola, does come out of its shell as it goes on…it’s refreshing to hear these three instruments playing off of each other—Hickey does that quite well.

Of all the program, Cursive held the most interest for me… © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Donald Rosenberg
Gramophone, July 2014

The performances are exemplary, especially those in which pianist Philip Edward Fisher reveals artistry of penetrating intensity and poetry. Whatever challenge Hickey sets before him, Fisher plays to the expressive and technical edge. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



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

Philip Edward Fisher gives us sensitive and dynamic readings of the piano works, Julia Sakharova joins him on violin for the duo piece, and the trio “Pied-a-tere” showcases Brandon Patrick George on flute, Anne Lanzilotti on viola and Meredith Clark on harp. All sound especially well disposed towards this music and give us lyrical and spirited readings.

The chamber music of Maestro Hickey as heard on this disk has rhythmic drive and a subtly invigorating modern harmonic and melodic thrust.

Sean Hickey has talent and, while by no means attempting to stretch the borders of the contemporary idiom, manages to create works that have a kind of lasting personal impact, an eloquent vocabulary of melodic-harmonic ideas well expressed.

I think you will find this anthology a welcome addition, with a music as comfortable as a favorite pair of sneakers, as contentful as a favorite volume of poetry. Listen and be convinced. © 2014 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Don Clark
I Care If You Listen, April 2014

A most fascinating and satisfying addition to the piano repertoire.

Each encounter I have had with Hickey’s music has been pleasant and rewarding. © 2014 I Care If You Listen Read complete review





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