"Balter has a wickedly original sense of humor and a fiercely imaginative palette
of instrumental and vocal sounds rare in today's dour, post-classical new music."
- John von Rheim, The Chicago Tribune.
"Balter produces new music - all gemstone-polished - at a rate other composers marvel at." - Graham Meyer, Chicago Magazine.
"The evening's new work, Chambers, a three-movement piece commissioned from
Chicago-based composer Marcos Balter, proved a mesmerizing plunge into icy
musical depths. (...) This is a gorgeous piece, well worth hearing again."
- Wynne Delacoma, Musical America.
"A sizable, chatty audience fell silent as Samuel Z. Solomon, an adroit
percussionist, played Marcos Balter's frenetic 'Descarga.' "
- Steve Smith, The New York Times.
"First on the program, Marcos Balter's 'Edgewater' was like a bucket of ice water
to the face - and I mean that in the best way possible. (...) It was a short jolt of
electricity, economically constructed, and masterfully focused and expressive."
- Thomas Deneuville, Chamber Musician Today.
"Marcos Balter's 2005 'Raw Item' had both intricate clarity and a convincing
trajectory - with a solo oboe (James Austin Smith, confident and controlled)
spurring mutable sonic orreries from an instrumental quartet, the piece reached
a kind of furious repose, a virtuosic equilibrium of colliding particles."
- Matthew Guerrieri, The Boston Globe.
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