"Violin Concerto 2 won the Grawemeyer Award several years ago. An absolute dream of a piece, not to over shadow the other two works, CLaire de Lune, and the The Past, The Passion-easily the starting point for any Tsontakis explorer."
"For me, the piece October makes this disc a real winner. While the Violin Concerto falls a little short of his wondrous second concerto, Mirologhia is an homage to his greek routes and a splendid piece."
"Tsontakis wrote Man of Sorrows for Stephen Hough[his second Tsontakis work..see Ghost Var.]. At first I found this piece a little rough, but on repeated listenings, I must admit to falling for its soundworld."
"AFter the Second Violin Concerto, this is the disc one needs to explore. Truly a tour de force of orchestral accomplishment and the one that solidified Tsontakis' place as the foremost composer of our generation."
"I saw this concerto years ago in Chicago, played by Serkin. What a triumph it finally made it to disc. The Piano Quintet is also fantastic and the Rilke Songs, sung by the late great Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, seals the deal. Lieberson may be the dark horse among the american classical elite."
"Beware much of Saariaho's early works[same can be said for several composers on this list]. Saariaho has recently composed some of her most convincing works[starting with this Grawemeyer award winning opera]"