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Scott MacClelland
Performing Arts Monterey Bay, February 2020

Mezzo-soprano Buffy Baggott and pianist Kevin Korth fulfill the character of the Jeffers poems and their musical settings, which range from surging tides of ecstasy—“White-maned, wide-throated, the heavey-shouldered children of the wind leap at the sea-cliff”—to quiet circumspection. The music makes staccato allusions to the wild coast and serene redwood forests from Pt Lobos to Big Sur—“Male-throated under the shallow sea-fog moaned a ship’s horn quivering the shorelong granite”—waves crashing against the rocky coast, to the chatter of birds around small rivers. Jeffers’ words and phrases also contemplate the stars, brilliant against the black night. The songs are a welcome addition to Anderson-Bazzoli’s growing body of concert works. © 2020 Performing Arts Monterey Bay Read complete review



Rafael de Acha
Rafael’s Music Notes, September 2019

Listening to Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli’s CONTINENT’S END I was struck by how both its music and its interpreters, the fine mezzo-soprano Buffy Baggott and her equally accomplished partner, pianist Kevin Korth perfectly embrace the text of the nine poems of Robinson Jeffers in the cycle. From the opening Granite and Cypress to the closing Evening Ebb, Bazzoli’s music perfectly embodies with its unpredictable harmonic twists and turns and its multi-tonality Jeffers’ hyper-masculine, pantheistic, often erotic poetry. © 2019 Rafael's Music Notes Read complete review



Colin Clarke
Fanfare, July 2019

Baggott’s voice is notable for its strength, yet at higher dynamic levels or moments of emotional power she keeps only a modicum of vibrato, something that enables each word to come through; the exactitude of both her delivery and Korth’s playing in “October Evening” enables a precise realization. Speaking of star-gazing as the seasons turn, this brief song makes a stirring impact; “Continent’s End” (set at an equinox and from which the disc takes its title) finds Korth in fine form: His staccato attacks bejewel Anderson-Bazzoli’s piano writing, as Baggott’s voice blossoms gloriously.

This is a superlative setting by a composer whose music deserves the greatest circulation. The recording is fabulous; present, detailed, clear. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review





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