Reviews of Works

Aqua

 
“the music comes across as at once exhilarating and dangerous”
   — Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
 
“If music has the capacity to elicit a three-dimensional vision, this was it”
   — Michael Huebner, The Birmingham News

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Beautiful Ohio

 
“bitterly beautiful… riveting tension”
   — Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
 
“Song of haunting beauty and profound alienation”
   — Bruce-Michael Gelbert, qmetropolis

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Brion

 
“a haunting, quirky and continually inventive chamber work”
   — Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
 
“brings to mind the clean, harmonious lines of the architecture in an uncanny way”
   — Ira Byelick, American Record Guide

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Chamber Music

 
“challenging yet enriching anyone’s notions of melody or, in the molto preciso passage, even of music”
   — Kathleen M. Bennett, Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Exiles

 
“goes immediately onto this year’s must-hear-again list”
   — Richard Buell, The Boston Globe
 
“Meltzer’s strong talent for crafting persuasive musical narratives”
   — Christian B. Carey, Musical America

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Rumors

 
“a dictionary of colorful effects”
   — Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

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Sindbad

 
“in every possible sense, a knockout”
   — Hugh Vickers, Oxford Times
 
“a subtle and imaginative piece”
   — Joshua Kosman, The San Francisco Chronicle

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Snow White

 
“utterly marvelous”
   — Heuwel Tircuit, San Francisco Classical Voice

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That Obscure Object of Desire

 
“a stunning palette of differing sonorities”
   — Stephen Smoliar, The Examiner

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Toccatas

 
“effortless navigate the genre with a non-formulaic outlook and fresh harmonic
invention at all times”
   — Jed Distler, Classics Today
 
“fascinating in its unusual, unique sound world”
   — Giselle Reimann, Basler Zeitung

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Topography

 
“my favorite song of the evening”
   — Sherri Rase, QonStage

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Two Songs from Silas Marner

 
“inexorable emotional power”
   — Allan Kozinn, The New York Times
 
“a very sensitive and moving setting”
   — Ira Byelick, American Record Guide

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Variations on a Summer Day

“[M]ezzo-soprano Quinn Middleman made a similarly persuasive case for Harold Meltzer’s ‘Variations on a Summer Day,’ a gleaming setting of texts from the Wallace Stevens poem of the same name.”
 
   — Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe, July 25, 2016
 

“He uses music to mirror images in the music, conjuring astonishing gulls at the start…. There’s dramatic invocation… marvelous, soaring, restless a cappella melody…. ”
 
   — Brian Schuth, The Boston Musical Intelligencer, July 25, 2016
 

Virginal

 
“alluring, imaginatively scored short work with its fresh harmonic language”
   — Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
 
“a Stravinskian neoclassicism for the age of Bang on a Can”
   — Ian Quinn, American Record Guide

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Vision Machine

“organic, original, and outstanding”
   —Lee Hartman, KC Metrpolis

“imaginative and evocative”
   —Libby Hanssen, Kansas City Star

“breezy and scintillating”
   —Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times

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