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


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


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


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

NY Times Arts

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 »

Philadelphia Inquirer: Violin Concerto Review

Philadelphia Inquirer

Review of Paul Moravec’s Violin Concerto, March 1, 2013 by David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic The Moravec concerto dates from 2010 but arrived at Symphony in C on Friday in revised form, with authoritative soloist Maria Bachmann and a much clearer train of thought as it walks a delicate line between melodiousness and a subterranean thread that gives it long-term continuity. Imagine Delius minus the attention deficit disorder. As in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. […] Read more »

ASCAP Audio Portrait: Paul Moravec’s Northern Lights Electric

Paul Moravec

Paul Moravec is a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer whose works range from orchestral pieces to film scores. On Northern Lights Electric, we hear four works performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project whose origins were inspired by places visited by Moravec. The compositions and performances are as elegant as they are adventurous and sonically rich, and it’s a delight to hear new concert music that showcases the performers as well as the composer. For the complete […] Read more »

The Arts Fuse Reviews Northern Lights Electric

Arts fuse

The Arts Fuse reviews Paul Moravec’s new CD (as well as a new CD with works by Thomas Oboe Lee) in a piece entitled: Fuse Classical CD Review: Two New Releases from BMOP/sound — An Indispensable Label for American Composers On Northern Lights Electric, Mr. Moravec gets a strong showing with two major pieces for orchestra (the eponymous work and “Sempre diritto!“) and two concerti, one for clarinet (masterfully performed by David Krakauer) and the […] Read more »

Moravec on NPR-Music

NPR Music

deceptive cadence from NPR Classical has a review of Paul Moravec’s new album Northern Lights Electric in an article entitled Musical Google Earth: Composer Paul Moravec’s Sense Of Place. Featuring the music from the first movement for Clarinet Concerto, the article concludes “Northern Lights Electric is another terrific album from BMOP Sound, the five-year-old indie record label of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and its conductor Gil Rose. Together they make a strong case for […] Read more »