Reviews for Nadia Sirota’s recording of The Night Gatherers and Escape / Press

Reviews for Nadia Sirota’s recording of The Night Gatherers and Escape

Lots of good reviews for Nadia’s album, first things first, including some very nice words for my own Escape and The Night Gatherers:

“…the disc’s most compelling work is its finale, a rich, haunting performance of ‘The Night Gatherers,’ a dark-hued work for viola and string quartet by Mr. Greenstein.” – Allan Kozinn, Holiday Gift Guide, The New York Times, November 27, 2009

“Greenstein’s beautiful, dream-like ‘The Night Gatherers’ is the album’s most lush setting – not surprisingly, given that Sirota’s accompanied by The Chiara String Quartet – and its most romantic and elegiac. Listening to the thirteen-minute setting, it’s hard not to think of it as Greenstein’s own “Transfigured Night.” – textura.org, July 2009

“Greenstein’s fluid and elegiac ‘The Night Gatherers’ is the only arrangement to feature a string section, the Chiara String Quartet, on an otherwise strictly solo album, yet the composer’s ‘Escape’ is the album’s outstanding 14-minute centerpiece. Repetitive motifs are gradually scattered like leaves thrown up by a buoyant gust of wind.” – Mia Clarke, Time Out Chicago, May 28, 2009

“Greenstein is also the composer of the most successful works on the album, the solo piece ‘Escape’ and the concluding work for viola accompanied by the Chiara String Quartet, ‘The Night Gatherers.’ The latter piece, which brings the album to a rich and satisfying conclusion, is a lyric and romantic minor key ballade full of beautiful, lush sounds, exquisitely crafted and performed. ‘Escape’ is the literal and aesthetic centerpiece of the album and demonstrates the craft of composition at its best. Greenstein starts with minimal melodic, harmonic and rhythmic material; a repeated, accented descending minor third, then he composes. He moves the interval around, pairs it, adds a transitional note and rhythm, expands it, takes it apart, develops a range of dynamics and textures. He turns a fragment into an involved, and involving, solo work, full of emotional and intellectual intensity. The connection between where the music began and where it is and is going is always in our ears. It’s a tour-de-force work and a tour-de-force performance by Sirota.” – George Grella, The Big City, May 21, 2009