This recording is a result of the collaborative cross-relations that exist between the musicians and composers on the album, and their enthusiasm for each other’s work. Violist Jonathan Bagg, composers Scott Lindroth and Stephen Jaffee are colleagues at Duke University, while flutist Laura Gilbert and Bagg were co-directors of the Monadnock Music Festival. While Miriam Gideon’s playful and probing Creature to Creature was not written for these players, it seemed to add a different, powerful voice that was aesthetically consonant with the other works on the album. Gilbert and Bagg are joined by harpist Stacey Shames, pianist Donald Berman, guitarist Daniel Lippel and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Shammash for performances that evoke the character of these wonderful recent compositions.
"... Performances are excellent throughout. Both Lindroth and Jaffe are composers whose discographies always benefit from increase, and those not yet familiar with their work will find this an excellent introduction."
Robert Carl - Fanfare - November/December 2014