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"At the other end of history came the world premiere of Rozalie Hirs’ engrossing string quartet, “Zenit,” played by the superb new L.A.-based Formalist Quartet. Everything I might say about Hirs' unsettled music I could also say the opposite. It is also quite settled. It forges ahead with tentative sounds and silences. It stops and starts yet flows. It has a hint of hard-hitting Dutch Minimalism, yet it offers a feast of radiant string harmonics, pulsating outside of rhythm."
CalArts new music festival: Les espaces acoustiques and beyond - Mark Swed, The Los Angeles Times, 2nd May 2010
"[Jenny Lin] began with 'article 1 to 3' (2003), a prismatic score by Rozalie Hirs, from Amsterdam.Hirs, intent on mining the piano’s vast palette, devoted her first movement to percussive bass figures, her second to pointillistic treble lines and her finale to a cascading elaboration on a figure borrowed from Debussy’s 'Feux d’Artifice."
Women’s Work Series, Recital by Jenny Lin, Greenwich House - Allan Kozinn, The New York Times Weekend Arts: Fine Arts and Leisure, 20 March 2009
"Sometimes those strange elements can be very beautiful—like the subdued, almost phantom electronics on Rozalie Hirs’s resonant Roseherte (which, to judge from the way people were talking about it Sunday, was the breakout hit of the festival)."
Netherlands Music days festival, Muziekgebouw aan't IJ & Bimhuis, Amsterdam - Kevin Whitehead, Muziekplein, 11 November 11 2008
"Hirs conjured for us an enchanting play of sound color, transforming the orchestra into one breathing and pulsating entity, in which [...] recurring motives received an everchanging illumination."
Netherlands Music days festival, Muziekgebouw aan't IJ & Bimhuis, Amsterdam - Thea Derks, Radio 4 blog, 10 November 2008
"Roseherte by Rozalie Hirs, performed by the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, starts off with a refined play of sound color [...], followed by a striking passage where sound vortexes expand from around a more melodic core, like circles on water."
Netherlands Music days festival, Muziekgebouw aan't IJ & Bimhuis, Amsterdam - Jochem Valkenburg, NRC, 10 November 2008
"With Roseherte, Rozalie Hirs delivers a work in which subtle electronic sound mixtures accentuate the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in an appealing science-fiction manner."
Netherlands Music days festival, Muziekgebouw aan't IJ & Bimhuis, Amsterdam - Frits van der Waa, 10 Volkskrant November 2008
"...pure fascination of sound..."
"...exquisite still-lives in sound that slowly hypnotize the listener and may even cause a state of rapture..."
Platonic ID - Maarten Brandt, De Stentor, September 2007
"...fragile miracles of concentration and imagination..."
Platonic ID - Jochem Valkenburg, NRC, 20 July 2007
"...of special allure is the recent Source of Blue by Rozalie Hirs, floating between camp and honest poetry..."
"...Hirs plays a smart game with old, almost Chopinesque sounding, but contemporarily transfigured, jazz riffs..."
Review of Red White Blues - Roland de Beer, De Volkskrant, 12 July 2007
"...intriguing pieces developing drop by drop..."
"...enchanting sound mixtures..."
Platonic ID - Roland de Beer, De Volkskrant, 12 July 2007
"...what we hear is difficult to describe..."
"...straight-forward Hague School approach combined with a spectralist sensitivity to colour..."
"...the works are tailored to the standard of the performers (...) and that is how they sound..."
Platonic ID - Siebe Riedstra, Luister, September 2007