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A review of "The Early Songs of Samuel Barber" recordings, by Matthew Guerrieri, NewMusicBox, November 2013.

One of the more endearingly paradoxical indications of compositional success is that interest gets piqued in music that even the composer had largely forgotten about. Unpublished works, unfinished works, juvenilia—when even that becomes fair game, you know you’ve (posthumously, usually) made it. Read the full review >>

Award from The American Song Initiative (Summer 2013): The Hampsong Foundation is proud to award the first American Song Initiative grant to the Florestan Recital Project for their world premiere recording project "The Early Songs of Samuel Barber."  The American Song Initiative provides small grants for projects in American classic song that have both a scholarly and performance element.

A review of our "Peculiar Case of Dr. H. H. Holmes" recording WITH video, by Dr. Holst, Sparks & Wirey Cries, December 2012

H. H. Holmes (aka Herman Mudgett) earned the distinction of being one of the first, if not the most prolific, of America’s serial killers. After having credited several murder victims to his account, Holmes opened a hotel in Chicago during the 1893 Chicago World Exposition that he had designed himself and had built to facilitate murder. Read the full review >>

National Public Radio
5 Best American Contemporary Classical Albums Of 2010; a review of Florestan's recording, The Complete Songs of Daniel Pinkham by Daniel Gilliam

If we've learned anything from Pinkham's settings, it's that his oeuvre should receive attention and respect within the pantheon of American song composers. Florestan's performances give due credit and more, with beautiful diction and assured interpretation. Read the full review >>

Fanfare Magazine
CD Review: The Complete Songs of Daniel Pinkham, volumes 1 and 2 by Colin Clarke

… presentation is exemplary from all angles. Enthusiastically recommended.

Boston Globe

The Florestan Recital Project has performed all 152 Poulenc songs over the last three years, and then it scheduled them again for a four-concert festival last weekend. This has been done once before in this country, in Minneapolis, but there can't be too many other cities where anyone would program an undertaking this ambitious and carry it off with this panache.

Portland Press Herald
From a review of a performance of Schumann's Dichterliebe

The performance was, quite simply, breathtaking...In fact, it would have been difficult to imagine applause; the ballet held the audience rapt. When the curtain was drawn, there seemed to be a collective intake of breath, followed by a roaring standing ovation.

Boston Musical Intelligencer From a review of a performance of 'WordSong'

I don’t remember a “concert” where people were as engaged, or had as much fun; but, of course, this event was much more than a concert. Wordsong wisely used the terrific baritone Aaron Engebreth and fearless pianist Alison d’Amato, co-directors of the Florestan Recital Project, that champions song recitals. Together they gave beautiful, haunting, fun performances.

The Leader

The Florestan Recital thrived perhaps not by the success of the performances themselves but by the manner in which they were displayed to the audience. In an industry full of recitals and concerts that require audience members to simply sit back and enjoy the show on stage, the Florestan Project invites and even encourages spectators to become actively involved in the performance. The recital proved that innovation is not created through the medium itself but rather through those artists willing to demonstrate ingenuity.

American University in Bulgaria News • Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Getting It Together: U.S. Duo Showcase the Art of Collaboration by Deyan Georgiev | Read the full review >>



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