STEVIE WISHART | COMPOSER
…tasteful reworkings…the sound is superb…this release is miles above that standard and deserves an unbiased listen.”
CD: Hildegard, Limelight Magazine, May 2013
“5 Stars - ’ambient’ re-imaginings that give medievalism a modern twist…the voices of Sinfonye follow the melismatic, often wide-ranging lines with precision, fluency and sensitivity….I have a funny feeling that this disc could become a hit.”
CD: Hildegard, Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph, 26 Oct 2012
“…exquisite monodic harmonies…”
CD: Hildegard, Andy Gill, The Independent, 20 Oct 2012
"...it is in the final "O eterne Deus" that Wishart finally releases her full forces, adding the female voices of Sinfonye to the BBC Singers to conjure a dense and shimmering cloud of sound that echoed from Cadogan Hall’s galleries...On the strength of this movement alone I’d make the journey to hear this slow-release work for a second performance...A well-conceived programme may have yielded mixed results, but must surely ensure the return of Wishart’s music – surely among the finest of this year’s new commissions – to the festival."
Sinfonye & BBC Singers, Cadogan Hall, August 2011 - Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk, 29 August 2011
"[Sinfonye] sang a selection from the Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum, giving joyful and robust energy to melismas which were exquisitely pitched and paced.”
Sinfonye & BBC Singers, Cadogan Hall, August 2011 - Hilary Finch, The Times
“De muziek van Stevie Wishart blijft wel fascineren. Zit links van het toneel en verzorgt de ganse soundtrack. Vooral haar excursies op elektronisch gemanipuleerde draailier zijn indrukwekkend. Wishart creëert een meeslepend klanklanschap ergens tussen dance en repetitieve muziek”
Peter Anthonissen, De Morgan, Brussels
"Driving rhythm,sonorities that are alternatively raucous and seductive, and a focus of music intent which you disregard at your peril"
Andrew Ford, 24 Hours Magazine
"Close on the heels of Writing to Vermeer, here is another sophisticated multimedia venture. Stevie Wishart's live mix of song and sound is an impressive countertext. As in a Godard movie, it tells its own stories and cuts in and out of the action, sometimes providing unusual romantic movie soundtracks with her own voice, sometimes in the alien otherness of a computer talking and electronic pulsings"
Keith Gallasche, Adelaide festival, RealTime
"Stevie Wishart die de klank voorhaar rekening neemt. Het is verbluffend hoe zij het helse tempo van haar werk volhoudt.” (transl.)"Stevie Wishart provides sound. It is stunning how she maintains the hellish tempo of her work"
Financieel Economische, Antwerp
"We could be looking at a prototype for the concert of the future."
CD:Red Iris, Richard Morrison, arts editor, The Times, London
"The live soundscape from Stevie Wishart which guides you, seduces you, and deceives you. Slow Love is addictive"
De Standaard, Brussels
"The fiery improviser and medieval specialist Stevie Wishart and her hurdy-gurdy surfaces in diverse contexts, including medieval revivalists Sinfonye and jump-cut dad Improv of Machine for Making Sense, 'True Grit' "
The Wire, London
"…[Stevie Wishart] built an imposing sonic edifice...sharpened by the ringing and clanging tones she brought out of the instrument [her hurdy-gurdy]...gradually the piece became a very peculiar hybrid, with shades of Trance and Prog rock, as long distorted notes were laid over the loops. It went down a storm and at the interval Wishart CDs were fairly flying off the vendors' trestle tables. LMC' 9th festival of experimental music Purcell Room, South Bank, London.
Will Montgomery, Live concert review, The Wire, London
"…the energy of Stevie Wishart's music jumps right out of the stereo and snaps at your ankles. This collection of compositions and improvisations… is dynamic and compelling.… demanding to be heard.”
Andrew Ford, 24 Hours Magazine
"Stevie Wishart melded the mediaeval and the postmodern in a seductive outing … playing as ever with a mix of finely honed lyricism, sublimely so on violin, and spiralling swathes of hurdygurdy chordings."
Keith Gallasch, Realtime, Australia
“Door de live uitgevoerde soundscape van Stevie Wishart die je stuurt, verleidt en misleidt.”
(transl.) ”...through the live soundscape of Stevie Wishart which guide you, seduces and deceives you.”
Roel Verniers, DE STANDAARD, Brussels
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