RECENT REVIEW QUOTES

Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra,
Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Gil Shaham, violin

"Like much of Bolcom's music, the concerto is a big-tent piece that offers something to satisfy just about anyone's criteria for what a concerto should be. There's some meaty bravura stuff for the soloist (and an endless adagio melody too), lots of drama and dashes of humour. But Bolcom isn't writing to order: He expresses his own interests fully. Just when you think you know what he's doing, he changes the rules, slips into a different manner, finds a new way to surprise you." — Robert Everett-Green, Toronto Globe and Mail, June 6, 2009

 

New York Festival of Song
"Mr. Bolcom’s music moves with a suave assurance that serves comic and dramatic impulses equally well, and he has an extraordinary facility for weaving the harmonic accents of blues and jazz into more formal and complex structures. Songs like 'How to Swing Those Obbligatos Around,' sung zestily by Rebecca Jo Loeb, and the darker 'Otherwise,' which Ms. Gruber sang, seem simple on the surface but are rich in surprising melodic turns." —Allan Kozinn, New York Times, September 25, 2008

 

Christin-Marie Hill, Boston MA Concert:
". . . Christin-Marie Hill gave a strong, eloquent performance of Bolcom's moving Whitman Triptych, a score that is free of artifice and true to the emotion at the core of the chosen Whitman poems." —Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe, Aug. 6, 2007


American Double, Denver, CO Concert:
"It's easy to find something to like in William Bolcom's works ....  As witnessed by three of his works for violin and piano, performed by the duo American Double, Bolcom fearlessly juggles musical styles so nimbly that listening to him is akin to following climate changes in Colorado: If you don't like it, wait 10 minutes .... Adding to the audience's enjoyment was the committed reading by Ficsor and Finehouse - who've recorded all 10 of Bolcom's works for violin and piano."  — Marc Shulgold, Rocky Mountain News, Oct. 13, 2007


CD Review: Works for Violin and Piano
Renata Artman Knific, violin; Lori Sims, piano

"For anyone unfamiliar with the violin sonatas of William Bolcom, or who has heard them but do not own this particular recording, stop what you're doing and buy it. Violinist Renata Artman Knific and pianist Lori Sims offer an astonishingly commanding and engaging performance of the "Second," "Third," and "Fourth" sonatas .... This CD is absolutely a necessary addition to virtually any collection and is recommended without reservation." — Mike D. Brownell, All Music Guide 


CD Review: Surprise
Measha Brueggergosman, soprano

"It is a surprise that a young singer stakes her claim not with Mozart, Strauss or bel canto but avant-cabaret songs by William Bolcom, Schoenberg and Satie. And it's surprising that a classical disc could be this much fun .... There's not a hint of formality as she voices the earthy humor from such Bolcom/Arnold Weinstein numbers as "Song of Black Max" like she wrote the lines. This is the vocal disc of the year." — Bradley Bambarger, Star-Ledger, Tuesday October 16, 2007