Here's a description of "Mostly Six," the first track on this CD. The comments are from Daniel Staniforth, a composer from England now living in the U.S.: Quick... run get the headphones... glass of wine... turn the light off... OK here we go...
Step-motion in the bass... lovely arpeggios... solo flute steals in... ooh some slight chordal clusters (Paul!)... Ravelian strings... chromatic movement underneath... flute fluttering.... clever shimmers.... at tri-tones too.... ooh delicious call and response between the piano and winds... strings menacing slightly.... bits of staccato... methinks I hear an augmented interval in there.... spilled me wine... was I making that up?.... clucking flautine against the string wash.. slow fade... what? No harmonic resolution... can this be Mr. Page? How dare you end a piece like that... leave me hanging... half a merlot... craning forward to catch the last gasp of the flute... all at sixes and... oh very clever... 6/8, too... you're having a laugh...how did you do all that in 3.48? The luster... clever voicings... shade on shade... harmonic leanings... in and out modernisms? Showing us up you are! You're penance.... a cello sonatina... he says wryly.... wine stains on khaki.... I'll have that cigar now!
And a few others have commented as well:
Not only is this beautiful music expertly played. it is played by a true artist with incredible touch and deep feeling. Amazing! (Marc Ibstrat,USA)
Wonderfully expressed, deeply moving sentiment that surely resonates with any human heart. The simplicity and genuine yearning for something higher, which I find in your music is not only inspiring and uplifting, but also a rare quality few people care to express through music these days. Thanks so much for posting here!(Parichayaka,USA)
You have a way of drawing the emotions of your soul and putting them to music like very few others alive today can. Your body of work will stand the test of time , and I would not be surprised to find you listed with the Masters, one hundred years from now when we are all dead and gone (Ed Wemmerus, USA)
Waves of contrast
Broad and powerful work that is surprisingly light on its feet, dodging a few shadows here and there (with minor shifts and touches of dissonance), but mostly illuminated by sparkling sunshine. Like a walk through the woods of Hansel and Gretel. Both danger and sweetness are present. (Richard Schletty, USA)
A pearl fished in the heart ! (Narad, France)
[This music] has a vivid dramatic quality, constantly fluctuating in mood. I love your harmonic language. is it sometimes bitonal? Whatever it is, it is fresh and original. (Clark Ross, Newfoundland)
You do peaceful with a special style. Simple and relaxing. (Bill Pease, USA)