Review: The Blizzard Voices

Paul Moravec | The Blizzard Voices

Classical CD Review has a new review of The Blizzard Voices: Moravec always had great interest in choral music, and this new disk offers The Blizzard Voices which is the third in a series of American historical cantatas/oratorios based on Ted Kooser’s collection of poems many of which are based on history. These are mostly […] Read more »

Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society premiere “Winter Songs” at holiday concert

Harvard Gazette

From the Harvard Gazette: "The Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society’s holiday gift came early this year, in the form of a newly commissioned piece of classical music from alumnus Paul Moravec ’79. Moravec, the winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for music who served as assistant conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum while an undergraduate, composed for the choruses “Winter Songs,” a three-movement work setting poems by Emily Dickinson, Robert Burns, and William Shakespeare. “Winter Songs” premiered at the annual community holiday concert on Dec. 2 in Sanders Theatre. “Having written this new piece with the Harvard Glee Club and the Radcliffe Choral Society, I’ve come home,” he said." Read more »

Review: “Brilliant playing takes top prize in New World’s Pulitzer program”

South Florida Classical Review

From the South Florida Classical Review: "Prior to the performance of his Tempest Fantasy, the 2004 Pulitzer winner, composer Paul Moravec took the stage at the New World Center and delivered an enlightening preview of his score with the musicians playing excerpts from each of the work’s five movements. Moravec has forged his own musical language. At once accessible, yet challenging, there is a bristling and restless aura to Moravec’s fantasy on scenes and characters from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Scored for violin, cello, clarinet and piano, the score is brimming with engaging melodic content and finely textured instrumental harmonics." Read more »

Orlando Sentinel Review: “Light Shall Lift Us (for Orlando)”

Orlando Sentinel

"... of particular interest to a Central Florida audience was a work by American Paul Moravec. The Pulitzer prize winner composed a piece of music in response to the mass shooting at the Orlando nightclub in June. Called "Light Shall Lift Us (for Orlando)," the 6-minute piece features lyrics by Mark Campbell. Both in music and words, the work is stirring in its simplicity, full of clear imagery and comforting symbolism. "Those of us with ailing hearts, those of us with broken souls, those of us without sight, shall all take flight," the choir sang. Melancholy cellos open the piece, but it grows in strength until every instrument, including ringing chimes, completes the transition from mourning to hope. The male voices reach ever upward, as their notes look to the sky. And with each repetition of "As sure as there's a sun," the choir's vocals grow stronger and stronger, like the very soul of the city. "As sure as there's a sun, light shall lift us."" Read more »

THE SHINING: First Notices

The Shining

After Saturday's premiere of The Shining, the reviews are coming in: "Paul Moravec's music sets the tone from the first moments. It's a rich, multi-layered soundscape that breathes life into the Overlook Hotel, which is both the setting and the villain of the piece." Read more »

“Review: Bach Festival Society ends season in a blaze of glory”

Orlando Sentinel

From the Orlando Sentinel review of the Bach Festival Society premiere performance of Music Awake!: The star attraction, however, was “Music, Awake!,” making its world premiere. Composed by Paul Moravec with words by Terry Teachout, the piece was commissioned by the society to honor John Sinclair for his 25 years as music director. … Moravec […] Read more »

Review: Dallas Chamber Symphony Performs “Chamber Symphony”

The Dallas Morning News

In a review entitled Dallas Chamber Symphony has fun with Buster Keaton film, columnist Scott Cantrell has this to say about the Paul Moravec piece: From American composer Paul Moravec, born in 1957, came the 2003 Chamber Symphony, scored for flute, oboe, horn, violin, cello, piano and percussion. Here, too, is much sheer energy, the […] Read more »

The Boston Globe Reviews ‘The New Brandenburgs’

The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe has a review of the recent Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) performance of The New Brandenburgs in which six current composers were commissioned to compose a new work inspired by a particular concerto in Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. The review said, “Paul Moravec’s “Brandenburg Gate” (No. 2) suggests not only the title arch […] Read more »