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"Unquestionably, this is a major addition to the 20th-century violin concerto repertoire."
Jerry Dubins, Fanfare Magazine
"James Aikman's is a welcome new voice whose
music is accessible and inventive.
Consciously eclectic, his open use of jazzlike
rhythms and pop idioms merges seamlessly
with the formality of the fugue.
...the best music on a very fine disk."
Michael Fine, Fanfare Magazine
"Plaintively beautiful" wrote Anthony Tommasini
regarding Aikman's Spring is Purple Jewelry
as sung by Dawn Upshaw in her Carnegie Hall debut.
New York Times
"Sunday afternoon's concert began and ended
in Vienna and on the way back, something important happened.
And that was the world premiere of James Aikman's Piano Quintet.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I believe I was
present at the first performance of a great piece of music.
A top five musical event of the year."
Charles Staff, Indianapolis Star
"It begins slowly and softly, builds to a big climax, and then subsides...
There's almost a sense of transcendent peace and joy...
What emotionally stirring and spiritually uplifting music this is!"
Jerry Dubins, Fanfare
"This could easily be a best-seller in the USA
if there were some mechanism to make innovative American composers
the talk of the town."
Laurence Vittes, Gramophone
"James Aikman has mastered what I consider to be the most important parameter
in the craft and art of musical composition, the flow of music."