peter lieuwen
composer
Acclaim

"Lieuwen’s music is so refreshing–he is contemporary but with a well-knotted connection to the past that eludes labels like “neo-classic” and resists stereotyping."

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Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition

"Peter Lieuwen appeals on many different levels, and this offering demonstrates his recognisable and accessible style. His music is never boring, and speaks to a wide audience."

- Geoff pierce

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Geoff Pierce, Classical Music Daily

"Sarumba, MSR’s third album of Peter Lieuwen’s music, is nothing less than seductive and transfixing from its first note to its last."

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Joel C. Thompson, Cherry Grove review

"The rhythmically stirring work effectively connects Brazilian dances such as the Samba, Rumba and the North Brazilian Baiao."

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Nima, Neuss-Grevenbroicher-Zeitung

"This is Volume 2 of his music as recorded by that company (MSR), and it continues a series of warmly emotional and lively works performed with enthusiasm."

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American Record Guide

"This is a fascinating journey through a diverse selection of Peter Lieuwen’s orchestral music."

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JOHN FRANCE, MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

"Some terrific concertos from Peter Lieuwen make this MSR Classics new release a most welcome addition to the catalogue."

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Bruce Reader, The CLASSICAL REVIEWER

"This is a great CD. Go out and buy it. Want more? Well, keep reading!"

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David DeBoor Canfield, FANFARE

"This is extremely well-crafted, user-friendly and beguilingly seductive music"

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William Zagorski, FANFARE

"Driving rhythms, thoughtful music, and some lovely dynamics make his music worth more than passing notice."

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Mel Martin, AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

All of these performances are recording premieres and to my ears all are excellent. The soloists in the concertos are especially convincing and Franz Anton Krager draws consistently spirited performances from the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra and Texas Music Festival Orchestra.

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Robert Cummings, CLASSICAL NET

"All in all, the journey Lieuwen sets us upon on this CD is rich and rewarding."

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Dave Saemann, FANFARE

"engaging conciseness and expansive tonal emotion"

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Steven Ritter, AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

"clear melodic lines, dreamy lyricism, and jazzy syncopation"

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Jack Sullivan, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

"One of the hallmarks of Lieuwen’s music is its crystalline clarity of line and structure."

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David DeBoor Canfield, FANFARE

"rippling minimalist rhythm and lyrical interludes"

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Jack Sullivan, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

"There are some finely written instrumental passages in this lovely work."

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THE CLASSICAL REVIEWER (UK)

"Lieuwen’s melodies gorgeously float in orbit around the planet, and there’s affection in every bar."

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Huntley Dent, FANFARE

"Lieuwen is one to which we must point out, because he has everything a good neotonal composer must have: flawless craft, his own, personal "voice" that is immediately recognizable and, above all, he writes wonderfully inspired, really good music that is modern in the best sense."

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Grete Catus, THE NEW LISTENER (Germany)

"I enjoyed every piece, but my discovery has to be Peter Lieuwen’s imaginative and very beautiful Astral Blue."

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John France, MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL (UK)

"a short piece marked by cascading, colorful phrases combining Brazilian zeal with jazzy cool.”

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David Hendricks, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

"strong-willed, eruptive and effervescent"

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Christof Fiedler, DONAKURIER (Germany)

"The opening orchestral flourish of Peter Lieuwen’s Living Waters is quite evocative"

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David DeBoor Canfield, FANFARE

"aquatic inspiration is clear in the urgent running piano figure that opens the work"

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LAWERENCE A. JOHNSON, CHICAGO CLASSICAL REVIEW

"a major work in three movements that features asymmetrical rhythms of world music, impressionistic harmonies, classical development, and exciting virtuosity"

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SCOTT CMIEL, SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE

"a stirring single movement piece"

 

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SCOTT ANDREWS, SAN ANTONIO CURRENT

"a wonderful single movement piece that flows, much as the waters it depicts, through tonalities and moods"

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DANIEL COOMBS, AUDIOPHILE EDITION

"It brims with infectious syncopations and good humor, and is clearly the product of a composer well acquainted with drawing on ecological phenomenon as inspiration."

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MICHAEL CAMERON, FANFARE

"a pleasure to listen to, and some of the quieter passages (as after 2:45) are frankly wonderful, as is the coda."

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BRIAN REINHART, MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

"The music is entirely noble, and even its few harmonic doubts are washed away by the sheer beauty of the instrumental writing."

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LAURENCE VITTES, GRAMOPHONE (UK)
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