”David Garner has been writing music in the San Francisco area for over 25 years, and teaching at that city’s Conservatory of Music since 1979. This is my first exposure to his music, and a pleasant one it has been….Those who love art songs will salivate over this one. The fine surround sound only seals the deal for me. Highly recommended!
Steven E. Ritter
“This is an intriguing disk, very well performed and beautifully recorded by Job Maarse.”
Robert E. Benson
“The title “Phenomenon” actually derives from “Phenomenal Woman,” a setting of seven songs on poems by Maya Angelou which is heard on this CD, and perhaps refers in general to the magic by which a lyric poem can acquire yet more vivid life when set to music, if the setting be right. It does not refer to San Francisco native David Garner (b.1954) personally, though from his portrait on the booklet cover, I’d say he looks like the sort of chap who wouldn’t mind claiming the distinction. When he is good, in these settings of poetry by Spanish, Japanese and American poets, he is admittedly very, very good.”
“This is a fine release, well performed and beautifully recorded in stylishly subtle SACD surround sound. David Garner’s melodic music is very much on the human scale, and provides relief from those fed up with ernstige angst-strewn atonal modern music.”