“A Tonic for Troubled Times”

Grego Applegate Edwards has given Separate Self a glowing review on his highly regarded site Gapplegate Classical Modern Music Review. Edwards characterizes  Nocturnes for string trio as “music of a fragile, transparent sort of magic.” About Trouble he writes that, “There is a good deal of beauty here. The chorale like concluding passage gives the work a satisfying sort of ‘Amen.'” For the title track’s first movement he praises the “interlocking, rhythmically vivid phraseology that has a nicely inventive melodic contour…”

Edwards ends his review with a  highly affirming summary,

“Philip Thompson manages to sound quite fresh and lyrical while making important contributions to the new tonal postmodern repertoire. Chamber music with a difference, accessible, well configured, Separate Self is a tonic for troubled times. Yet it does not pander to an ‘easy’ ears sort of innocuousness. Recommended!”

Read the review in its entirety.

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