Jeremy Eichler of The Boston Globe observed
that the six programs curated by Stucky “did not trumpet any overarching themes, nor did they seem intent on making any partisan revisions to received narratives of the recent musical past. Rather, they grouped themselves around clusters of influence, pedagogic and musical, across different generations.” In essence, the festival poignantly reflected the attitude of camaraderie that the composer brought to the musical community and the importance of understanding the tradition one inherits.
Two works by Steven Stucky were featured at the opening concert of the festival: Chamber Concerto (2009) and his work for solo cello, Dialoghi (2007). Feel free to explore them below.
…lyrical, colorful, atmospheric and,
in its dark Largo section, gripping;
it also manages to evade the
self-congratulatory quality that
bedevils scores written to exhibit
the virtuosity of their players.
–Minneapolis Star Tribune
…it seems to lie beautifully on the instrument. Cellists everywhere should take it up.
–The Orange County Register