Canadian Composers Portraits: Ann Southam

2005
Label: Centrediscs / Centredisques
Order No: CMCCD 10505

Christina Petrowska Quilico, piano

A complete recording of Ann Southam's minimalist work, Rivers. Southam said, "I didn't think anyone would play this piece. But when Christina performed it, I loved the sound and what was happening as the hands interacted. And I loved the little tunes and motifs that could be heard in the interaction between the hands. It takes a whiz-bang pianist to make those heard. I don't how she does it!"


Shimmering, at times ecstatic
“Toronto virtuosa Christina Petrowska Quilico becomes the first pianist to perform Ann Southam’s Rivers cycle in its entirety tonight. The 19 solo piano pieces, written from 1979-1981, last a total of two hours, and demand extraordinary physical stamina from the player. Petrowska, whose recording of the cycle has just been released on the Centrediscs label, has the monster technique to pull it off. Built on intricately and unpredictably interlocking melodic patterns, the pieces carry the listener into shimmering, at times ecstatic, realms.”

– Tamara Bernstein, the National Post (www.nationalpost.com)
Ann Southam, composer
"I didn't think anyone would play this piece.  But when Christina performed it, I loved the sound and what was happening as the hands interacted.  And I loved the little tunes and motifs that could be heard in the interaction between the hands.  It takes a whiz-bang pianist to make those heard.  I don't know how she does it!"

- Ann Southam, composer
American Record Guide
"This music is intelligently absorbing, though not in the manner of a Beethoven sonata. It is pleasurable, though some will feel that each piece is too long. Listening to it is something like listening to Bach, where the beauty is in the piece and the execution, not in the performer's creative thought processes. The performer must simply execute in a very skillful and highly aesthetic way, what the composer wrote.  Kudos to Christina Petrowska Quilico, piano professor at York University in Toronto, for doing exactly that."

- Kilpatrick, American Record Guide
Sequenza21
"Rating: 9 out of 10."

- Jerry Bowles, Sequenza21
The WholeNote
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"Christina Petrowska Quilico gives an outstanding performance of these intricate minimalist works that range from contemplative to ebullient."

- David Olds, The WholeNote