The Horn Book: I’ll Show You WINTER

The Horn Book

From Roger Sutton – Read Roger – in The Horn Book, March 6, 2015: Seasonally enough, last night I attended Blizzard of Voices, an oratorio by Paul Moravec … While you might have thought the warm and woody Jordan Hall would have been an oasis in Boston’s horrible weather, Moravec’s commemoration of the 1888 Schoolhouse […] Read more »

Boston Classical Review: Moravec’s stunning “Blizzard Voices” receives powerful premiere from BMOP

Boston Classical Review

By Aaron Keebaugh, March 6, 2015 Disastrous winters live long in historical memory. For example, there is the blizzard that hit the Great Plains in January of 1888, which caught many who lived in the Midwestern territories unawares. Known as the Children’s Blizzard, the storm trapped students and teachers in their one-room schoolhouses where they […] Read more »

Wall Street Journal – Newest of the New

Wall Street Journal | New York Festival of Song

The Wall Street Journal featured an in-depth review of The New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) highlighting the recent February 10 show. “Mr. Moravec’s program (Feb. 10) demonstrated his operatic bona fides in effective character pieces from his two completed operas, “The King’s Man,” about Benjamin Franklin, and “The Letter,” after W. Somerset Maugham, before […] Read more »

Financial Times of London: “Sacred Music Experiences a Revival”

Soli Deo Gloria

The Financial Times of London recently ran an article asking “With religion declining in the west, what place is there for [religious music] now?” The answer came back loud and clear: journalist Richard Fairman writes: “One would think the answer is obvious: it must be in a downturn too. Yet the evidence says otherwise. Proof […] Read more »

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

Nasville Ensemblef

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 […] Read more »

Review: Amorisms & Sacred Love Songs

Alias Chamber Ensemble

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.” […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] Read more »