M. BARGREEN, THE SEATTLE TIMES
Schub’s performance of the challenging but listener-friendly Piano Concerto is a tour de force. Sedares and the orchestra handle the complex and varied orchestration with an excellence that underscores the New Zealand Symphony’s fine reputation….this recording should make a major step toward getting Asia the recognition he deserves.
W. SIMMONS, FANFARE
Daniel Asia is one of the most prominent American composers of his generation…Certainly the centerpiece of the disc is Asia’s 37-minute Piano Concerto…This is the deepest, most personal music I have heard from Asia.
E. HURWITT, SCHWANN OPUS
Daniel Asia is among the most accomplished and accessible composers of this generation…. He is a welcome addition to the roster of our strongest group of living composers, the tonal postmodernists: Bolcom, Del Tredici, Adams, et al. This new disc is highly recommended.
P. BURWASSER, FANFARE
The material on the CD, while sophisticated in language and structure, is deeply satisfying on an emotional and intellectual level. Asia transcends the sheer technical demands of his craft to achieve a powerful sense of expression.
ON SYMPHONIES NO. 2 & NO. 3 (NEW WORLD)
K. LAFAVE, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
With the release of the Second and Third Symphonies, Asia must be considered a major force in American symphonism.
D. B. GREEN, THE JERUSALEM REPORT
Just when you thought it’s never safe to enter a concert hall again (or buy a recording of contemporary music), along comes American composer Daniel Asia with two new symphonies… This music is complex, mature, and uplifting…
P. A. SNOOK, FANFARE
Not to be missed by anyone interested in the future of serious music-making in this land!!!
ON DAN ASIA (ALBANY)
R. CARL, FANFARE
This album will be of most interest to collectors interested in a portrait of an emerging composer’s voices, or in contemporary vocal music, as Sand II is an attractive addition to the literature.