Some Press About Sequitur:

Brion; 2 Songs from Silas Marner; Sindbad; Exiles
by Robert Carl, Fanfare Magazine
03/01/2011

Brion; 2 Songs from Silas Marner; Sindbad; Exiles
by Carson Cooman, Fanfare Magazine
03/01/2011

CD review: Harold Meltzer, "Brion, Sindbad, Exiles"
by Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
10/31/2010

Sounds Heard: Harold MeltzeróBrion; Sindbad; Exiles
by Frank J. Oteri, New Music Box
10/26/2010

Concertos II
by Kilpatrick, American Record Guide
07/30/2010

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CD review: Harold Meltzer, "Brion, Sindbad, Exiles"
by Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
10/31/2010

The Naxos label's indispensable series exploring the range of contemporary American music produces a winner with this splendid collection of chamber and vocal works by New York composer Harold Meltzer. His music joins a wry literary sensibility with a keen and often poignant instrumental palette to yield music that is both tender and incisive. Most striking, at least in the four works included here, is Meltzer's harmonic language, which draws on tonal and modal approaches without quite committing to either. "Brion," a beautiful instrumental sextet that was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize, alternates between sharply etched textures and more soft-focus writing to evoke a cemetery in the Italian countryside. Two songs for soprano and cello set texts from, of all things, George Eliot's "Silas Marner," and do it with a compelling air of reverie. But the gem of the disc is "Sindbad," a witty and melancholic treatment of a Donald Barthelme story about a would-be hero who teaches literature at a community college. It's a subtle and imaginative piece, and it gets a first-rate performance by the Peabody Trio with the great English bass-baritone John Shirley-Quirk as narrator.
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