EXCERPTS FROM LETTERS FROM FANS

Excerpts from Letters from Fans

 

I liked the two CDs immensely. I played them to the Ambassador of the European Union, a very refined Dutchman who plays the piano magnificently, who remained enthusiastic, as was to be expected.

Salvatore Pinna

His Excellency the Italian Ambassador in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)

 

I due CD mi sono piaciuti moltissimo. Li ho fatti sentire all’ambasciatore dell’Unione Europea, un olandese molto raffinato che suona magnificamente il piano, che è rimasto entusiasta, come del resto era scontato.

Salvatore Pinna

Sua Eccellenza l’Ambasciatore d’Italia nella Repubblica Democratica del Congo (Zaire)

 


 

I like the works even more after listening to them.
…I hope in the near future to have more of your work on cd’s, especially your two symphonies.

Roel J. Groen

Netherlands

 


 

I have just purchased your new CDs on Naxos and enjoyed them very much. Vol. 1 is particularly intriguing.
…..You might be interested to know that your two CDs are readily available even in a city such as Winnipeg in several local CD stores.
…..Once again, congratulations on your two recordings. I enjoyed them immensely.

D.H.

Winnipeg, Canada

 


 

As I listened to some of the pieces at your website, it became immediately clear that our listeners would benefit wonderfully from hearing your compositions. I look forward to reviewing & scheduling your music and introducing you to those listeners who have yet to discover your fine work. We are flattered to hear from the composer, herself!
Bill Baker – Radio WCNY Classic FM – USA

 

We have received both of them from Naxos and played everything from each of them since they arrived at the station. Your music is great and we have enjoyed introducing our listeners to your compositions.
Henri Pensis – Radio WUFT – USA

 

I did enjoy your pieces…..If you’d like to do a ‘phone interview sometime to talk about your works I’d be delighted to arrange it.
Mick Freeman – Radio WQUB – USA

 

Thank you! And congratulations on your success.
Robert McBride – All Classical Radio KBPS 89.9 – USA

 

I’m listening to them right now, and enjoying them very much.
John Michel – American Composers Forum – Composers Datebook – Radio WDAV – USA

 

Thank you very much for your contribution to music. It is greatly appreciated.
Ted Weiner – 89.9 WDAV Classical Public Radio – USA

 

It was a pleasure speaking to you and I enjoy your music very much.
Stacey Rodda – Radio 4 RTHK – Hong Kong

 

Other works will be scheduled for future programs. And thanks again, for sharing the gift of your music.
Casper Sunn – Radio WORT 89.9 FM – USA

 

Congratulations on your impressive achievements!
Renee Chaney – Radio WGMS classical1035 – USA

 

Thanks so much for sending the CDs— wonderful music and I’ll try to broadcast more of it soon!
Bernard Sherman – Radio KDSI – USA

 

I enjoyed it, and I will be sure to play more in the future.
Eric Michaels – Beethoven Radio WTMI – USA

 

I want to tell you that I was very impressed with your recent Naxos recordings. In fact I think I have played several of your works on that label.
Karl Scroggin – Radio WUIS/WIPA – USA

 

We enjoyed your first Naxos recording very much and will continue to find places to air selections in our regular broadcast schedule…….We’ve just received volume two and hope to find a featured spot for it on our Contemporary Currents program in the coming months.
Steve Hahn – Radio KUAT-FM – USA

 

You did indeed send me the cd’s and I think your music is very fine. Upon my return, my first priority is to get your music on the air in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area.
Mark Malinowski – Radio WBJC

 


 

You have a new fan. I’ve been listening to Vol 1 of your music since I bought the CD 2 or 3 days ago.
I like what I hear. Especially tracks 2 and 5, which seem to me the most unusual and daring. The others I like too, esp the use of the piano in the symphony.
I bought Vol 2 this morning, and am liking what I’ve begun to hear.
I found Vol 1 a bit conservative at first: unchallenging and, mostly, approachable. That’s not necessarily a criticism, and I’ve revised this view a little already. I guess there may be a certain traditional way of using the orchestra, though there’s obviously a rich imagination at work and plenty of intriguing turns to keep one busy and listening but there’s no leaning on the orthodoxies of minimalism, thankfully, nor is there musical blandness masking as depth.
I do like the Naxos 21st century Classics series, and think Santa Klaus Heymann is to be commended. I hope it’s financially successful for him, and that he continues it. I’m sure this’ll put your name on a wider map than previously (as it did with Tveitt, to the great pleasure of the Bis label).
I certainly find yours a fresh addition to the collection: unafraid to show some life and struggle, even entrails and muscle through music.
…..PS: Elegant site.

Bert Bailey

Ottawa, Canada

 


 

I’ve been enjoying both your CDs over the weekend, digging them more as I listen. Again, a strong favourite for the top of my 21st century classics series by Naxos. ‘Hope it brings you a huge audience.
…..As I said in my earlier one: I think Requiescat is a marvellous work: inward, serene and laid-back, neither extroverted nor extravagant at all. (Remarkable, really, for one who seems to have such a masterful grip on ex. and ex. musical statements.) Yet it’s got an intensity and focus that gnaw at one. I find it induces not the kind of other-worldly reverie that Rautavaara evokes, but something more earthy and immanent. The vocal parts at the end are exquisite, too: sparingly laid out, and beautifully sung.
I love and admire Rautavaara, and welcome your music also for being sometimes dreamy – yet always in that less other-worldy way: more earthy, as I said, leaving the listener’s feet planted on the ground.
…..Messidor, which you said illustrates your taking dissonance to a certain limit (though not in such words), is also the piece that, while I was trying to enter your musical universe and understand it, I’d found most intriguingly dissonant. For my part, I’d attributed those sounds either…1) to the ‘Russian’ sound of the horns — a special unrefined brassy timbre I think I detect especially in older Russian orchestras, not their contemporary ones, which are so much more uniform with all others. 2) to the orchestra. Or, thirdly, to the composer.
Now that you confirm that it’s this last, let me add that I considered it maybe the most distinctive stamp or single feature of the musical personality that was taking shape before my ears. It was rough and unrefined and earthy and visceral …and I loved it! So refreshing, after hearing so much effette transcendentalism, as well as the acidic torturings of…..
There was play in Messidor…..there’s also an extroverted musicality; how refreshing!
The first two minutes of the closing ‘Fanfare’ on that disc is positively bursting with harsh dissonances of this kind: what joy! Joy because the following minute, so light and graceful, shows in spades that the composer is no crude primitive. Because the music is blessed with gracia, as they say in Spain: having a unique stamp and distinction.

Bert Bailey

Ottawa, Canada

 


 

Greetings. I’ve only recently become acquainted with your music through some fine Naxos recordings. You’ve found a big fan of your work.

Sean Hickey

Brooklyn, NY, USA

 


 

I am a classical music lover and I thank you warmly for having placed some of your musical works on the web at our disposal. For me it has been an absolutely unusual experience; music that one listens to without difficulty, with pure pleasure and which, however, is not banal. To reconcile these two things is a really difficult challenge in our times, a challenge that I think you are winning in a sure manner. Continue like this and thank you for all you will still offer us.

Enrico Ghidoni

Bologna, Italy

 

Sono un apassionato di musica classica, e La ringrazio vivamente di aver messo a disposizione sul web alcuni pezzi della sua musica; è stata per me una scoperta assolutamente insolita; musica che si ascolta senza difficoltà; con puro piacere, e che tuttavia non è banale; conciliare le due cose è una sfida davvero difficile al giorno d’oggi, che lei mi pare stia vincendo in maniera sicura; continui così e grazie per quello che potrà ancora offrirci.

 

Enrico Ghidoni
Bologna, Italy

 


 

Thank you for the wonderful music I have just discovered on Naxos records. I have a second disc on its way from England now with “Favole” and other works. I hope there will soon be recordings of your 1st and 2nd symphonies. It is still wonderful to discover new works of worth and beauty in the 21st century. I hope you have many, many years of composing and good health.

 

Malcolm Parker
Santa Barbara PD, USA

 


 

I have just bought your fascinating cd on naxos and am excited by your wonderfully eclectic and very enjoyable music. I am no musician but love the joys of new discovery and your music is just that. We need to hear more of it in England. My thanks to you for a delightful new musical experience.

 

Peter Gildener
Penzanze, United Kingdom

 


 

I am writing to congratulate you on your wonderful music. I acquired one of the two Naxos discs almost by accident and am enormously impressed by the spirit and imagination that inhabits every bar. The first piece on the disc, “Firelights”, is particularly striking, and all the music is a great joy at a time when so much new writing is lifeless or, in many cases, so UNmusical! Keep it up, and in the meantime I am off out to buy the other disc!

 

Steve Chevis
Cranleigh, United Kingdom

 


 

At last! I have finally succeeded in obtaining a copy of volume 1! And it is just as good as the other disc. The symphony is so full of fantasy, Florestan embodies the character to perfection (and I say that as something of a non-fan of Schumann – more my loss I guess), and Messidor is just so much FUN! Don’t you worry about the local avant-garde. Who’s listening to their squeaky gates anyway? Think of Pierre Boulez, who stated that Britten and Shostakovich were totally irrelevant to the evolution of music in the 20th century! Who is the most-listened-to composer of the 20th century? Shostakovich! Who listens to Benjamin Britten? Millions! Who listens to Pierre Boulez………..? (Don’t all speak at once) I hope that your music will get to be heard by more people. It certainly deserves to. I love it! Roll on the Second Symphony! Have you written any choral music?
Steve Chevis
Cranleigh, United Kingdom

 


 

Congratulations you are great in music, and I read your THOUGHTS too, wonderful let me kiss your hands…..
Setrak Setrakian
Beirut, Lebanon

 


 

Wow!!! You are a very great composer! I listened all your music online and looked the scores. You are the best composer I found in the internet!
Udo Marx
Kiel, Germany

I recently purchased a Naxos CD of your orchestral works (Florestan, etc.) and have enjoyed your creative work immensly. I especially appreciated reading your comments on the compositional trends of the 20th century….

 

Raymond Weidner
USA

 

Dear Maestro, I was very happy to find you on the web. I think the same way in many things and I think that above all one must know music to be able to write it. Many composers from the War till our times have made us hear many stupidities seasoned with some aesthetic theory. Just because we are in an ecletic phase we can reckon with these past times. I am 36 and I live in Firenze. You will also know how many young composers recognize themselves in these words. I have listened to your first CD for orchestra and I propose myself again to do the same with the second.

Cesare Valentini

Firenze, Italy

Egregio Maestro, sono stato molto contento di trovarLa sul web. La penso come lei in tante cose e penso soprattutto che bisogna conoscere la musica per scriverla. Tanti compositori dal dopoguerra ad oggi ci hanno fatto sentire tante stupidaggini condite con qualche teoria estetica. Proprio perchи siamo in una fase di estremo eclettismo possiamo fare i conti con questo passato. Io ho 36 anni e abito a Firenze. Anche lei saprа quanti giovani compositori si riconoscono in queste parole. Ho ascoltato il suo primo disco di musica orchestrale, mi ripropongo di fare altrettanto col secondo.

Cesare Valentini

Firenze, Italia