Composer Reviews

RICHMAN Variations CD

RICHMAN Variations.  • Vijay Venkatesh (pn) • ALBANY 1908 (57:24) by Colin Clarke (This article appeared in Issue 46:4 (Mar/Apr 2023) of Fanfare Magazine) There is a sort of satisfyingly symmetrical aspect to these […]

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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 […]

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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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“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 […]

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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 […]