"...this CD is a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The work of orchestra and conductor in these performances is exemplary, something that I have not always felt when hearing recent recordings from this source. The engineering is superb. I can think of no better way to come to know the work of this fascinating composer. Highly recommended."
Ronald E Grames - Fanfare - May/June 2014
"Circuits with its references to kinetic energy is an energetic overture to this disc and is full of references to the hurly-burly we associate with modern America. It is forceful and to me conjures up the world of a busy city. Symphony No. 1 begins with great force, making an immediate impact. I was impressed by the symphonic structure and a full use of the orchestra that brings colour to her ideas. All in all an impressive piece, well executed.This is a disc that certainly deserves the attention of anyone who is not hopelessly averse to modern works. The playing and recording are first rate. The stand-out for me was the Symphony but I found all the pieces well worth hearing. It will be interesting to hear more from Cindy McTee."
David R Dunsmore - MusicWeb-International.com - September 2014
"...The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and its maestro are totally on top of this thrilling ride ...the DSO playing like demons."
Colin Anderson - Classicalsource.com
"...Regarded as one of the most brilliant composers of her generation, Cindy McTee demonstrates her prodigious skills at orchestral writing in this 2013 Naxos release ..." ****½
Blair Sanderson - Allmusic.com - January 2014
"Cindy McTee’s stylistically wide-ranging music is so imaginative, colorful and good-natured that it is really entertaining." ****
Remy Franck - Pizzicato - January 2014
"It has been said that her music reflects a “charging, churning celebration of the musical and cultural energy of modern-day America.” Circuits instantly testifies to this with its headlong nervy rushing helter-skelter. In this super-propulsive writing she shares lineage with Schuman, Bernstein and some of the minimalists. There is more sharing to come with avant-garde influences absorbed into her schemes—Pendereckian string writing, chattering voices and clashing percussion. At the other extreme she has a gift for lush romantic music."
Rob Barnett - MusicWeb-International.com - January 2014
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