Thomas Simaku House composer
The technical command, dramatic pacing and vivid orchestration made for a seriously impressive musical essay with a real sense of purpose and outrage.
"...Soliloquy III for solo viola [...] explores a wide range of high harmonics and microtonal effects, rapidly switching from violent chordal attacks to spare bowed fragments, reminiscent of Georgy Kurtag in its spare atomistic compression.
A piece of unaccompanied violin writing which brings out the instrument's genius for passionate expression, fully realised in the young Luxembourg violinist Vania Lecuit's riveting interpretation.
...Rèflexions de la Croix III was the only work in the concert which demonstrated a real individual charisma.
...the work's periodic climactic outbursts achieved striking effect.
...a piece of controlled, dramatic and surprisingly individual power.
...an imaginative and captivating piece.
It is barely conceivable that two voices, accompanying and contrasting one another, and each laden with different associations, are both played by one and the same bow.
The works recorded here confirm my early impressions when I first heard some of Simaku's music. Here is a composer who obviously has things to say and who knows how to say them best.
...tumultuous and glistening, with a deeply convincing inner strength, structural integrity and an impressively thunderous character.
Simaku's idiom combines avant-gardism and modality in a manner all its own.
...the elegance of Ligeti and the gritty intensity of Kurtág, a fascinating combination.