From Library Journal
In the early 1980s, one New York Times critic whose pieces this reviewer especially looked forward to reading was Page. He writes with enthusiasm and an open mind, and he obviously likes music. Now writing for Newsday , Page is a real alternative to the Times 's hegemony in classical music coverage. This collection of criticism, features, and interviews culled from various sources has only one flaw: One wishes it were twice as long. Unlike Andrew Porter's collected New Yorker columns (e.g., A Musical Season , LJ 6/15/74. o.p.), which seem all-inclusive, this collection comprises only a small portion of Page's output. If Porter's "specialty" is opera, then Page's metier is new music in all its diversity. Something of an omnivore, he likes minimalism but also Milton Babbitt. He is not above writing an article on Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Compulsively readable, this collection is highly recommended.- E. Gaub, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, N.Y.
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"These 65 pieces...are direct, descriptive, and impeccably balanced."--Fanfare
"[Page] is the rare journalist who writes as lucidly of Steve Reich's 23-year-old 'Four Organs' which consists of a single chord drawn out for 20 minutes' as he does of the 'grave power' of J.S. Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion."--The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Page writes with enthusiasm and an open mind, and obviously likes music....Something of an amnivore, he likes minimalism, but also Milton Babbitt. He is not above writing an article on Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Compulsively readable, this collection is highly recommended."--Library Journal
"An ideal serious music critic for the deeply interested bu perhaps not musically schooled reader. [Page] is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, straightforward yet balanced about his own tastes, and marvelously broad-minded....In short, there's not a better popular writer on concert music and performance around these days."--Booklist
"Tim Page makes the reading of music criticism enjoyable even for people who have no ear for music. But they must have an ear for language, because his deft use of it is in itself a musical delight."--William F. Buckley, Jr.
"I enjoyed Tim Page's Music From the Road--bright and interesting portraits with a journalist's touch; criticism which is not too lofty; musicology which is not stuffy."--Peter Jennings
"Tim Page enriches the American music scene by sharing his passion and sensibility. He is a champion for creators and recreators and an important commentator on the compelling developments of music in the late 20th century. We need more like him."--Frances Richard, Director of the Symphony and Concert Division, ASCAP