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Steve Smith
The New York Times, February 2014

…this gorgeously recorded CD/Blu-ray set…thwarts skepticism, offering brilliant accounts of characterful instrumental pieces…as well as a buoyant song cycle…that simply must be heard. © 2014 The New York Times Read complete review



Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb International, December 2013

It’s very finely performed and well recorded. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, December 2013

The sound and performances are exemplary. The audio is sparklingly clear and Inscape* performs with musical directness and considerable skill.

Then the works themselves…each one has character and a chamber modernity that has a tonal basis without opting for primality and a rhythmic quality that is mostly quite lively. Soprano Abigail Lennox’s performance on “Three Poems of Jessica Hornik” is superlative and a definite high point of the disk.

Rather than to go into details on the works in any depth at this point I will just say that this is music that is so well-crafted and well-performed that virtually anyone who likes the idea of new music will respond favorably. It’s a joy to hear this disk! © 2013 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Alexandra Gardner
NewMusicBox, October 2013

This debut recording of the Bethesda, Maryland-based inscape chamber orchestra showcases the work of the three younger composers from the mid-Atlantic region…The ensemble expands and contracts to adjust for the unique voice of each composer, from chamber orchestra for Lincoln-DeCusatis’ A Collection of Sand, to smaller mixed ensemble for Hallman’s imaginatively orchestrated imagined landscapes: six Lovecraftian elsewheres…these are all interesting musical works, expertly recorded, and performed by inscape with confidence and dexterity. © 2013 NewMusicBox Read complete review




Lee Passarella
Audiophile Audition, October 2013

…the playing [of inscape] throughout is stylish, thoroughly professional. This is a group you would want to go hear if it visited your city. Or you’d miss out on a most likely enriching experience.

…I mostly enjoyed this disparate, appealing collection of composers and their works. I’ve already praised the playing of inscape under Richard Scerbo. The sound, as usual from the Sono Luminus studio, is beautifully atmospheric in Blu-ray and pretty darn good in digital CD as well. I’ll be watching out for offerings from inscape in the future. © 2013 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Charles T. Downey
Ionarts, August 2013

All of the music recorded here is for acoustic instruments—no computers, no electronic processing—and it is music that is long on harmonic and melodic interest and blessedly short on intellectual or mathematical gimmicks, without sounding overly neo-Romantic or derivative. The most beautiful examples are pieces by Philadelphia-based composer Joseph Hallman, beginning with Three Poems of Jessica Hornik, sentiment-laden songs written for the pretty, intonation-sure voice of soprano Abigail Lennox, who sings them here. Showing off Hallman’s sure handling of instruments even more are the Imagined Landscapes, miniatures based on the nightmarish dreamscapes of H P Lovecraft that exploit all sorts of unexpected sounds. Two pieces by Washington-based composer Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis also reward repeated listening: the rhythmic chaos but still cogent structure of A Collection of Sand and the dissection and deconstruction of a short passage from a Chopin ballade in Chopin Syndrome. © 2013 Ionarts Read complete review





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