Reviews

VARIATIONS FOR ORCHESTRA

“Percussion and brass joust with true mastery”
“…an energy and will towards a polished form.”
Oslo

VIOLA CONCERTO

“…dense texture and somber colors pointed to genuine ideas and imagination.”
Los Angeles

THE GARDEN

“a strangely beautiful, haunting work.”
Santa Barbara

FOCI

“Its power derives mainly from a variety of textures and devices.”
San Francisco

SYMPHONY NO. 2

“With its complex nostalgia, the music sounds somehow American, as if it grew out of a musical tradition instead of a conservatory.”
St. Louis

“…an unabashed work of romanticism.”
“…an appealingly lyrical work, with a strong sense of melodic line, bright contrasting colors and some enchanting moments of sweet simplicity.”
“…a shimmering, one-movement, neo-romantic work.”
Washington

“…The symphony provided an ingenious blend of formality with exuberant rushes for sonority and cadenza-like events. The music faced the past and the present, raising parallels and contrasts and inserting veiled hints of quotation.”
Philadelphia

SYMPHONY NO. 4

“…the piece melded a pleasant fusion of tonality and dissonance with a particularly effective and large set of percussion instruments, and ultimately built to a cathartic conclusion dominated by heroic brass.”
Pasadena

FROM NOW

“…as engrossing visually as musically intriguing and turned out to be the crown in this varied recital.”
Perth

THE FRIEZE OF LIFE

“Yet, out of this welter of material, Applebaum has put together a strangely beautiful score. He has transcended his material. His musical medium is atonal and he makes use of contemporary instruments and techniques. Some of these are well suited to the depiction of vast interstellar spaces and mysterious cosmic forces. There is some very effective and moving music. ‘The Scream’ was blood chilling.”

Santa Barbara

SYMPHONY NO. 1

“…reveals a keen sense of contrast and craft evolving one sonority complex into another. …The salient feature is the overall coherence, a kind of continuity that is rare and welcome in this style.”
San Francisco

“This is beautiful music in the most central meaning of the term. …Every single sound is under the ‘microscope.’ Something happens to it: its attack changes…now it becomes a trill, now a harmonic…but always it happens because of an organic necessity. [The composer’s] music represents a contemporary lyricism that re-emphasizes humanistic values.”
Seattle

MONTAGES

“Applebaum: myth-making and eruptive. His Montages had, in the end and at the delicate beginning, revelations of original and unforgettable beauty.”
Copenhagen

“…creative use of the medium’s versatility of timbre…left an impression of compelling musical thought.”
London