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"GO, LISTEN, AND BE CHANGED" - THE BOSTON GLOBE
The music of Kati Agócs has been honored and performed worldwide, delivering both visceral power and otherworldly lyricism with soulful directness. From folk music of an imaginary culture to volatile spectralism, polytextual vocal ensembles to large symphonic forces, her work embraces the 21st-century orchestra in all of its protean possibilities. The Boston Globe has praised its elegance, citing “music of fluidity and austere beauty” with “a visceral intensity of expression” and encouraging audience members to “go, listen, and be changed.” The New York Times has characterized her chamber music as “striking” and her vocal music as possessing “an almost nineteenth-century naturalness.” A recent Guggenheim Fellow, she is also a winner of the prestigious Arts and Letters Award, the lifetime achievement award in music composition from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Debrecen Passion, an album of her orchestral works released on the BMOPSound label, is one of The Boston Globe’s Top Ten Classical Recordings of 2016. The title track is nominated for Classical Composition of the Year in the 2017 Juno Awards. Reviewing the CD, Audiophile Audition called Kati Agócs “one of the brightest stars in her generation of composers.” New York’s WQXR called the album “high-craft, high-drama music” which “hurtles themes of love and devotion through a particularly intense prism of influences and language,” while Boston’s WBUR described it as “deeply spiritual.” Kati Agócs currently serves on the composition faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston.
Toronto Concert Review profiles the Toronto Symphony premiere of A Hero's Welcome, conducted by Hannu Lintu in March 2017: "The fanfare built to a jubilant climax...however, it was a reminder that while the returning hero may be celebrated, the fighting continues..."
The Debrecen Passion is on the The Boston Globe's list of the Top Ten Classical Albums of 2016: "sublime....a mystical confluence of the sacred and secular illuminated by the superb Lorelei Ensemble and BMOP"
The Debrecen Passion is a 2016 MusicWeb International Recording of the Year: "highly imaginative and compelling"
U.S. premiere of Tantric Variations at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on Stradivari instruments by the Cecilia String Quartet: Listen to the performance on demand via WQXR/Read the writeup in the Washington Post
The Debrecen Passion is Music Web International's Album of the Month: "a moving, spiritual experience, both powerful and uplifting...music with a timeless appeal...a disc worthy of attention, and guaranteed to offer an overwhelming experience..."
Boston Globe profile on The Debrecen Passion premiere
Review of Toronto Symphony Orchestra performance of Perpetual Summer by Ontario Arts Review: "Gripping...an ideal choice as the overture for the evening's program"
Boston Globe review of portrait concert in Jordan Hall, Boston: "Hub New Music transports with all-Kati Agócs program"
Boston Musical Intelligencer review of Kati Agócs portrait concert in Jordan Hall, Boston: "Stunningly varied works that clearly emerge from a single personality...a distinct voice that is challenging without being elusive... an unshakable emotional core"
The Debrecen Passion is New York's WQXR Q2 Album of the Week: "high-craft, high-drama music...hurtles themes of love and devotion through a particularly intense prism of influences and language"
WBUR ARTery reviews The Debrecen Passion, the new CD release by Boston Modern Orchestra Project of orchestral music by Kati Agócs: "starkly beautiful solo sections, duos, and trios...the feeling is religious, deeply spiritual, but it's the sound that tells you this, not the words"
Audiophile Audition reviews the new album, The Debrecen Passion: "One of the brightest stars in her generation of composers.."
Boston Musical Intelligencer Interview with Kati Agócs