“San Francisco composer Peter Scott Lewis writes music that deftly balances vibrant dissonance and lyrical, slightly post-minimalist textures. It's smart, intricately crafted, and it makes a willing, even urgent appeal to a listener's sensibilities. The two substantial works on this new CD show Lewis at his most ambitious, and the results are gripping and almost deceptively forthright. "Atlantic Crossing," an arrangement for piano and violin of the composer's Second Violin Concerto, boasts a wealth of strong-limbed melody; the performance, by violinist Kees Hülsmann and pianist Matthew Edwards, is fearless. Also included is "Rhapsodic Images," a freer, more overtly ingratiating trio played with wonderful passion byRead more violinist Amy Hiraga, cellist Peter Wyrick and pianist Marc Shapiro (all of the San Francisco Symphony).”
- Joshua Kosman, Datebook: San Francisco Sunday Chronicle
"Hülsmann plays with a Ferras-like jewelled accuracy, employing an extraordinary range of bow pressure, speed, and articulation. This is big-personality playing of exquisite subtlety, which ensures that the music’s post-Romantic gesturing emerges as a compelling narrative. Stunning pianism, too, from Matthew Edwards, is ideally complemented by a high-impact yet atmospheric recording...For me, this is the contemporary discovery of 2004."
- Julian Haylock, The Strad, London, England: December, 2004 Read less
Works on This Recording
Atlantic Crossingby Peter Scott Lewis Performer:
Matthew Edwards (Piano),
Kees Hülsmann (Violin)
Period: 20th Century Written: USA Length: 29 Minutes 39 Secs.
Rhapsodic Imagesby Peter Scott Lewis Performer:
Peter Wyrick (Cello),
Marc Shapiro (Piano),
Amy Hiraga (Violin)
Period: 20th Century Written: USA Length: 22 Minutes 28 Secs.