Reviews

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Soundstreams Concert at Koerner Hall in Toronto

Reviews

“Pieczonka delivered a stunning, passionate, deeply committed performance of [George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children] a taxing, and still startlingly original work… The abandon and courage with which she threw herself into this work and inhabited its spirit attests to a creative intelligence in tune with our century, as well as centuries past. Szabó and Pieczonka matched their darkly-hued voices in some George Crumb arrangements of American folk songs, from Hush, Little Baby to When the Saints Go Marching In. And there were even some Beatle songs arranged by Luciano Berio that Pieczonka threw in for good measure. But Crumb’s Ancient Voices was the stunning highlight of the evening. A work almost 50 years old, it still has the power to arrest and amaze, especially when performed with the sure and steady hands of musicians of the calibre that Soundstreams Canada assembled on Tuesday night.” (Globe and Mail, 30 September 2015)