Since 1923, Gramophone Magazine continues to devote itself to reviewing classical music, particularly recordings. The August 2017 issue featured two albums in the ECS Publishing Group catalog: Seven Last Words by Michael John Trotta and Revelations by Su Lian Tan.
Seven Last Words, review excerpt
By Guy Rickards
“Trotta’s musical style is fairly straightforward….not unlike that of Eric Whitacre or Ēriks Ešenvalds. The performance is more than competent, rendering clearly Trotta’s relentlessly euphonious choral-and-orchestral textures…Clear sound.”
Revelations, review excerpt
By Laurence Vittes
“Writing music for friends and colleagues must be one of the greatest joys of the composer’s art. Here it is demonstrated by three absorbing pieces written by Su Lian Tan…
Life in Wayang, commissioned by the Takács Quartet, is wonderfully dramatic music that reveals its puppet-theatre origins in the skeletal nature of its framework and the quicksilver disconnects between delicacy and passion….It is forcefully played by the Jupiter Quartet…The sheer relish with which Bruce Brubaker swings into Tan’s Orfeo in Asia, commissioned by Blair McMillen, is a response to the way the composer’s beautiful, often clangorously powerful writing for the piano…”