Review: Intimacy, humor and beauty converge in Nashville Ballet’s Emergence

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From ArtsNash The Nashville Ballet presented Emergence: three new works for dance, accompanied by chamber music composed by Paul Moravec. This series is one of the best things that has come out of the ballet since it moved into the Martin Center….The program … consists of three works, each composed by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec, including his Amorisms, a new work co-commissioned by the Nashville Ballet, Alias Chamber Ensemble and Portara Ensemble. Conductor Shreyas […] Read more »

Review: Amorisms & Sacred Love Songs

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From ArtsNash: Music Review: Alias springs into action with three world premieres “…Paul Moravec’s Amorisms and Sacred Love Songs (both performed with the splendid vocalists of Portara Ensemble) – explored various aspects of love. Alias also premiered composer (and Alias cellist) Matt Walker’s Grooves for string quartet. All three of these works received memorable premieres.” “Amorisms, which closed the concert, set to music five of Shakespeare’s aphorisms about love. Moravec wrote the piece as dance […] Read more »

Another Review: Piano Quintet

Lark Quartet: Composing America

And yet another review of the Piano Quintet from the Composing America CD, this time from the Audio Video Club of Atlanta: …the Piano Quintet by Paul Moravec allows the [Lark Quartet] to respond to their stiffest challenge of all as they interact with pianist Jeremy Denk in a work that keeps all our artists constantly alert for the diverse ways its shape is constantly changing through morphing blue notes, stacked fifths in the piano, […] Read more »

Gramophone Review: Piano Quintet

Lark Quartet: Composing America

Review: Piano Quintet on Composing America by the Lark Quartet Most impressive [on this disc] is Paul Moravec’s 23-minute, profoundly conservative, deeply absorbing Piano Quintet, commissioned in 2006 to honor the philanthropist Adam Aronson. Amid the rigorous charting of its blueprinted lines, textures and occasional harmonic ecstasies, there are astonishing moments of physical beauty, such as [the piano’s] sumptuous solo opening the second movement. — Laurence Vittes, Gramophone Read more »

Audiophile Audition Review: Composing America

Lark Quartet: Composing America

Another review for the CD Composing America by the Lark Quartet featuring the Moravec Piano Quintet: Paul Moravec (b.1957) is a prolific American composer whose music has won the Pulitzer Prize (for Tempest Fantasy), a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, and a Composer Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. He comments, “As a composer, I try always to make beautiful things…the overall harmonic context of my music derives from the tonal tradition,…essentially, Monteverdi […] Read more »

Piano Quintet Review

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From International Record Review: April 2014: “Paul Moravec (b.1957) composed his Piano Quintet for the Lark Quartet and pianist Jeremy Denk in 2008. Unlike the Adams, Bolcom and Copland pieces on this disc, the connection to American vernacular music is remote, but the notion of ‘Composing America’ can certainly embrace a work of such seriousness and scope (its three movements last almost 25 minutes). While Moravec is a broadly tonal composer, the opening reveals music […] Read more »

San Antonio SOLI Taps Delights of Moravec’s Collage

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Review from Classical Voice North America: SAN ANTONIO — American composer Paul Moravec, asked to write a short work for the SOLI Chamber Ensemble’s 20th anniversary, responded with a sort of Dagwood canapé, a mere four minutes in duration but stacked sky-high with a fridgeful of ideas. Access the full review… Read more »

FANFARE Review: Northern Lights Electric

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New review on Fanfare: “The effect of this music is that rare thing in this day: music that is deeply engaged with the tradition, mining familiar forms and gestures, and yet somehow giving them integrity, authenticity, and personality. I never feel this is a rehash. Moravec strikes me as one who has found a way to look into the resources of the past without becoming reactionary. I continue to eagerly anticipate his future discoveries.” Gil […] Read more »

Review: “…a relatively new work by American composer Paul Moravec stood out”

Left Bank Quartet

From the Washington Post, March 11, 2013: The Left Bank Quartet has distinguished itself by its programming of contemporary music, if not always by the overall quality of its playing. The group’s performance on Sunday afternoon, presented through the Steinway Series of free concerts in the auditorium of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, was a case in point. Two more-commonly heard quartets, by Leos Janacek and Antonin Dvorak, received professional but unremarkable renditions, while a […] Read more »

New York Times Review of The Blizzard Voices

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The Blizzard Voices Oratorio Society of New York/Kent Tritle, conductor New York Premiere, Carnegie Hall March 5, 2013 On Tuesday evening the Oratorio Society of New York presented a…new work by Paul Moravec, The Blizzard Voices. Mr. Moravec’s oratorio uses texts by the former poet laureate Ted Kooser, based on testimonies from survivors of the sudden storm that brought blinding snowfall [to] the Great Plains on Jan. 12, 1888. Mr. Moravec’s response is that of […] Read more »