Reviews


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The superb new-music ensemble counter)induction probably did not set out to make a case for Schoenberg in its concert at Casa Italiana, at Columbia University, on Sunday evening. But it found a way to make his “Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte” (1942), a mature, 12-tone work, seem barely a stone’s throw from late Beethoven…

Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

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”... a fiery ensemble virtuosity….everything was right. (counter)induction played with) an uncommon combination of precision, suppleness and an almost choreographed interpretive approach.”

New York Times

“This ensemble’s inventive programs and virtuosic performances have made it an important force in the new music world in recent seasons.”

New York Times

“The performances (by counter)induction) were all first-rate…..”

Washington Post

“counter)induction….played seamlessly and expressively.”

Sequenza 21

“outstanding”

TimeOut New York

“What (was)... fascinating was the vitality the players brought to the music. These performances were not merely dutiful; they sang and danced.”

The New York Times

“It was a party.”- The New York Times

”...a stunning performance.”
”...superb musicians.”

-Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, 13 March, 2007

“I’ve seldom been among such intensely focused listeners. How could you not have been drawn in when the music was so provocative, the setting so inviting and the performances so compelling?”

-Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 12 September, 2005

“If you want to know what is on the collective mind of American music, there is probably more information to be had from small concerts by groups like counter)induction than in major commissions for bigger events.”

-Bernard Holland, The New York Times, 12 June, 2006

“Everything was right….the performance was almost shattering enough to make a listener forget all that had gone before it. [counter)induction played with] an uncommon combination of precision, suppleness and an almost choreographed interpretive approach.”

-Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, 3 October 2003

“What kept the program fascinating was the vitality the players brought to the music. These performances were not merely dutiful; they sang and danced.”

-Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, 9 June 2003

“The group favors the thornier side of contemporary language, and its players have the technique to do so deftly. More important, they are sufficiently sensitive to this difficult musical language to project its emotional core with the clarity necessary to make it speak to a listener.”

-Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, 14 May, 2004

“It is better to make a piece of music than to perform one, better to perform one than listen to one, better to listen to one than to misuse it as a means of distraction, entertainment, or acquisition of 'culture.' ”
--John Cage