Reviews

 

"Andrew Franks propulsive Quartet for Flute and Strings was...strongly crafted and assured in its manner, clean and clear in its

design and thoroughly fluent." San Francisco Classical Voice

 

"If one had to rank the program's pleasures, Andrew Frank's new work, Orpheum (Night Music I) for Piano would make a strong

bid for first place. It uses melodic and rhythmic patterns attractively to make the most of piano idioms." The Davis Enterprise

 

"With the premiere of 'Serenade' by Andrew Frank, dedicated by Frank to Michael Lorimer, the music truly came alive. Lorimer's presentation gave a wonderful combination of the impressionistic and expressive, and he closed the piece with fantastic tremolos which faded away to nothing, no sound, though we could see Lorimer's fingers still vibrating. " The West Hartford News

 

"I particularly liked Frank's 'Orpheum (Night Music !), splendidly performed by pianist Lois Svard Burge. This is a coloristic, almost impressionistic piece, which spends much of its time flickering through lovely textures in the upper register. The harmonies and colorations are occasionally reminiscent of Messaiens's piano music, but they are less repetitious and more changeable."

The Village Voice

 

"In Los Angeles-born Andrew Frank's Orpheum (Night Music I), Lois Burge plays through twinkling cycles of treble note patterns

in a near-continuous motion piece of crystalline attractiveness." Los Angeles Herald Examiner

 

"Frank's eclecticism [in the piano piece Arcadia] is combined with a sure sense of melody and phrase (some of the flute/violin counterpoint is exquisite), and, more important, a keen sense of musical values. A composer to watch." American Record Guide

 

"Mr. Lorimer gave the New York premiere of Mr. Frank’s Serenade, a subdued, fantasy-like work that explores sounds and gestures in an interesting way and responds to the strong pull of the minor mode." New York Times

 

"Andrew Frank’s String Trio No.2 is a fine, solid piece, conservative in its concern for substance and eloquence, a bit fashionable in the wispy gestures that open and close it, but dense, intelligent, and beautifully written for its instrumentation. Frank’s Trio is homogenous, with much melodic writing, often growing out of sonorities used as punctuation. Occasional notes function as pivots between two adjacent instruments; at other times instruments diverge—violin playing over a muted viola and plucked cello notes, say. The Trio is a major piece and was given an authoritative performance [by members of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players]. They played it with security, conviction, and sympathy, creating a major premiere. Oakland Tribune

 

"Andrew Frank, of the UC Davis faculty, was represented [in this concert by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players] by an Elegy for Viola and Piano (premiere), which was exactly was the title represents, a rich and lyrical serious statement for the instrument as it is centrally supposed to sound. It was a non-dramatic work with a singing line, broad in range in an outgoing expressive manner. Stressing not high contrasts, but evolution or transformations of the material, finely done." San Francisco Chronicle