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"...unlikely combination of percussion and string quartet, but brings it off brilliantly, creating an arresting sound-world of immense rhythmic variety and surprise."
CD: 'Since Brass, Nor Stone' - Andrew Clements, The Guardian Thursday 12 September 2013
“Goehr's viola and piano Sur Terre, en l'Air, was a 1997 offshoot of his viola piece Schlussgesang, a beautifully shaped, introspective sequence of movements…”
Wigmore Hall, London - Andrew Clements, Guardian, March 2013
“It began with an exemplary account of Alexander Goehr's Metamorphosis/Dance, fresh and crystalline, the orchestration wonderfully restrained."
BBC Proms 2012: BBCSO, Oliver Knussen, ‘Metamorphosis/Dance’ Martin Kettle, guardian.co.uk, 26 August 2012
“…the piece had an engagingly obstreperous vividness, a quality magnified by the sudden emergence into broad tonal daylight at the end.”
BBC Proms: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, ‘...a musical offering (J.S.B. 1985) - Ivan Hewitt, The Telegraph, 21 Aug 2012
“One of the great things about the BBC facility called “Listen Again” is that it casts an interesting retrospective light on concerts that are also broadcast… Try it. The piece has a sharp subtle flavour, well worth savouring.”
Premiere “When Adam Fell”, BBCSO, Barbican - Ivan Hewitt, The Telegraph, 16 Jan 2012
The result, in the last performance of this year’s ETO tour at Snape Maltings, was a powerful piece of music theatre, a work of undeniable quality...the work moves well, is fluent and is full of striking visual and dramatic moments...Goehr and ETO gave their audience an enthralling experience, beautifully staged, acted and sung with the utmost integrity..."
A Promised End, Snape Maltings - Mike Reynolds, MusicalCriticism.com, Dec 2010
“…there was no doubting the cohesion and intelligence of the ‘libretto’ and the music. The Aurora orchestra, on stage but behind the performers, played with bite and authority under the direction of Ryan Wigglesworth.”
A Promised End, Snape Maltings - Gareth Jones, EADT24, 30 November 2010
"Goehr's special gift is to illuminate any score with exquisite colour...English Touring Opera mounted a skilful, well-cast staging by James Conway, expertly played by the Aurora Orchestra under the baton of Ryan Wigglesworth and with Roderick Earle in the title role.”
A Promised End, Royal Opera House - Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 17 October 2010
“Entirely new was Alexander Goehr's Clarinet Quintet, a tightly wound spring of a piece that holds the attention through intricate argument and recurrent motifs.”
Nash Ensemble, Wigmore Hall, London - George Hall, The Guardian, Friday March 14 2008
“Two of Alexander Goehr's works from the 1960s, when he was at the forefront of new music in Britain, are contrasted on this thoughtful and beautifully presented collection with two from the past decade.”
Goehr: Piano Trio; Suite for Violin and Piano; Piano Quintet; etc; Becker/ Kam/ Carroll/ Elias Quartet (Meridian) - Andrew Clements, The Guardian, Friday July 18 2008