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Daniel Buckley
Stereophile, March 2013

In both the trumpets-only and trumpets-and-trombones versions of Angels…one is struck by the breathtaking, often ethereal sonorities achieved with the close harmonies and song-like flow of [Ruggle’s] work.

The excellent sound captures the subtleties and nuances of Ruggles’s textural invention, along with the bombastic power of such pieces as the opening to Sun Treader…this collection was truly a labor of love for conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and all of the musicians who clearly worked so hard to make their realizations as perfect as the composer’s musical visions. © 2013 Stereophile

Robert Carl
Fanfare, November 2012

…every music lover needs to have this in his/her listening repertoire. This is music that…once again sounds fresh, daring, and alive. Bravo to Other Minds’ Charles Amirkhanian and Adam Fong for bringing this back to us. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review

Stephen Smoliar, October 2012

The selections of Antheil performing his own music on this Other Minds collection show little of that “bad boy” behavior. He is certainly capable of pounding grandiose sounds out of the piano; and those sonorities go rather well in his accompaniment of his 8 Fragments from Shelley, which he performs with the Roger Wagner Chorale…the overall effect is about as innocuous any many of the more traditional recordings made by this chorus.

Perhaps the most fascinating selection is his fifth symphony, to which he assigned the title “Joyous.” Because this symphony was begun in 1947, that title may well refer to celebration of the end of the Second World War and the defeat of Hitler.

The collection also includes four recordings of Antheil at the piano singing songs whose texts are bedtime stories for his son Peter. These may well have been originally improvised. They are unabashedly silly, but they also have a loopy charm of the sort that Harry Partch could evoke in some of his vocal work.

The set also includes two spoken tracks of great historical interest. One is Antheil himself talking about his work in a recording made in 1958. The other is an interview conducted by Charles Amirkhanian, founder of Other Minds and executor of the Antheil estate, with Hannah M. Adler and Norman Fox, discussing the SPA recordings made by the Vienna Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor F. Charles Adler, one of which, the performance of Antheil’s “McKonkey’s Ferry” overture is included in this collection. © 2012 Read complete review

John von Rhein
Classical Voice North America, August 2012

The slim output of American composer Carl Ruggles was barely known outside specialist new-music circles in 1980 when Columbia Records (now Sony Classical) issued a two-LP set of his complete works, under the direction of conductor, pianist and Ruggles champion Michael Tilson Thomas.

Amazingly, it has taken until now for anyone to reissue these landmark recordings. Hats off to the composer and recording producer Charles Amirkhanian, executive and artistic director of the San Francisco new-music-advocacy company Other Minds, for doing so, and for doing the job right.

These spirited, dedicated performances do credit to one of the great free spirits of 20th-century American art music. The transfers are very fine, and the set includes the original cover art and liner notes by Thomas and pianist John Kirkpatrick, adding a perceptive overview by Ruggles’ late colleague, Lou Harrison, originally published in 1946 and long out of print.

This is an important reissue—snap it up while you can. © 2012 Classical Voice North America Read complete review

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