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“Brilliance, accuracy and communication blended in a reading [of Lutoslawski’s Mini Overture] brimming with flavorful detail. This is a mini-masterpiece, and it sounded so from the lips of the Meridian musicians. Two works written for the ensemble also benefited from the group’s unforced virtuosity. Peter Robles’ “Transcendent Tones, Fractured Forms,” eclectic in style and attractive in achievement, allowed the players to pull out myriad brass techniques, from flutter-tonguing and muted passages to chorale-like statements. In Phillip Johnston’s clever “Sleeping Beauty,” here given its world premiere, the instruments imitate vocal passages until the tuba establishes a bluesy ostinato and all sorts of jazzy dreams and nightmares disrupt the snooze …. The Meridians brought a refined freedom to bebop tunes arranged by Chris Hughes.”

The Pittsburgh Press,
May 27, 1991

Below is a list of selected reviews of the Meridian Arts Ensemble's performances and recordings. These reviews are provided by the generous permission of their authors and publications:

Meridian Arts Ensemble: Brass With A Twist
By Tom Manoff, NPR

Meridian Arts Ensemble fascinates with diverse brass works
By Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer

Meridian Arts Ensemble – Timbrando – Channel Classics
By John Sunier, Audiophile Audition

Meridian Arts Ensemble: A Tribute to Frank Zappa
By Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

Style Surfing
By Jessica Balik, San Francisco Classical Voice

Smart Went Crazy
By Ken Dryden, Allmusic

Prime Meridian
By Adrian Tan, The Flying Inkblot

We will be adding more reviews to this section - please keep checking back.

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