Composer Reviews

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Richman’s ‘Her Light’ is Most Intricate, Passionate Commission for BSO Yet

A highlight of every Bangor Symphony Orchestra season is hearing a new Lucas Richman composition. “Her Light,” commissioned by Eloise Ricciardelli in honor of her daughter, Cassandra Babbitt, premiered Sunday at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine. Written to “musically mirror the impact one individual has when her light is […]

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“Serenity on the Lake”

One of the best things about having composer Lucas Richman as the conductor of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra is the music he writes. Often, they are pieces commissioned by concertgoers at the annual fundraising auction to honor family members. Two years ago, Lee Souweine was the winning bidder. He asked for a piece to honor […]

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“Symphony: This Will Be Our Reply”

Saturday night in Oak Ridge, a double string quartet was doing its best to go about the routines of daily life while gunshots rang out in the percussion and the rest of the orchestra seemed to be teetering on chaos.

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“Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth”

Will a composer’s new music hold up for the long term? If popularity with audiences is one of the criteria, then conductor and composer Lucas Richman’s brand new “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth,” certainly qualified.

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“Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra: The Clearing”

…is certainly the work of a confident composer. It is also original, thought provoking and intellectually intriguing. If there has been anything heard recently that deserved a standing ovation, Richman’s concerto and DeAlmeida’s performance, was it.

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“Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra: The Clearing”

“Richman’s nuanced writing for DeAlmeida captured the touching program of his concerto, namely of a youth finding strength in spirituality, represented by Psalm 23. Gorgeous writing for the oboe treated it as the vocal instrument it is in the hands of a master talent like DeAlmeida. A quietly ravishing oboe vocalese, crafted to inflections of […]

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“Dachau Lied”

“The Holocaust has become one of the most frequently invoked catalysts for composition in the 20th century–and now, beyond. It is also one of the most problematic. The risk of not doing justice to an event of such unbelievable horror must weigh like a heavy stone upon a composer’s mind…Those challenges were present in the […]

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“Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra: The Clearing”

“The writing in Mr. Richman’s Oboe Concerto is very well suited to the oboe. The flowing melodies are very attractive and fit the lyrical and melancholic tendencies of the oboe so nicely. The technical passages, although difficult at times, seem to fall under the fingers very comfortably. What a beautiful and alluring addition to the oboe repertoire. […]

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“Reindeer Variations”

“They were also involved in the next piece, Reindeer Variations by Lucas Richman…This set of variations, based on the names of Santa’s reindeer, was a little less serious but confirmed his talent for composition. At the beginning of each variation a member of the youth choir held up a sign with the name of the […]

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“Reindeer Variations”

“We were prepared to chuckle, but we weren’t prepared to hear so many delightful variations of orchestrations: sometimes melodic with exquisite grace; sometimes playful as in sparkle; sometimes jazzy and syncopated as in burlesque; and always interesting.”