Andrew Staniland receives the 2017 Terra Nova Young Innovators Award
“A modern Carmina Burana […] Staniland has utilized the modern orchestra and the contemporary media to produce a work of vital dramaturgy and lasting, thought-provoking power.”
– The Classical Music Guide
“Striking, beautiful, and wonderfully weird. […] The score is percussive, dissonant yet lyrical and evocative; very powerful and haunting.”
– La Scena Musicale
Guitarist Steven Cowan releases Dreaded Sea Voyage on his debut recording:
“Virtuosic, ingenious, and impressive, Talking Down the Tiger is a wonderful listening experience….” – Richard Todd, Wolfgang’s Tonic, September 2015.
“Andrew Staniland is among the heirs of the best Canadian electroacoustic music” -Ettore Garzia Percorsi Musicali, August 2015
“(…)the most extended work, Still Turning, is in a very different world. Here we do have a masterpiece of our time. Think of Kodály’s unaccompanied Cello Sonata; add the cadenza from Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto; wrap it up in 21st century dress, and you have this riveting, and often brutal score that takes tonality forward into our time. (…)” – David Denton David’s Review Corner, August 2015
“Naxos a raison de titrer sur l’oeuvre avec percussion, Talking Down the Tiger, fascinant tour de force mimétique” – C. Huss, Le Devoir, August 2015
Solstice Songs world premiere recording on the Gryphon Trio’s Elements Eternal is available now!
“Andrew Staniland’s Solstice Songs may or may not be ‘the poetry of sound’, as the composer describes it, but it is so beautifully written that it’s hard to imagine any piano trio not wanting to add it to their repertoire; the delightful cartoonish skitterings of the ‘Lively, dancelike’ last movement would make an ideal encore”
Laurence Vittes – Gramophone Magazine 2015