THE NY TIMES TOP 25 BEST CLASSICAL MUSIC TRACKS OF 2019
December 12, 2019
"The grand, glorious chaos of Ives’s Fourth Symphony — with its mad layering of different tempos, its discontinuities, its need for two conductors merely to keep the whole thing together — has rarely had this clarity." - The New York Times
STIRRING AND SOBERING REFLECTIONS ON WAR IN "ARMSITICE: THE JOURNEY HOME"
November 4, 2018
"...they transformed the usually stodgy art song template into a longer-arc story of returning home after enduring a war propelled largely by the voices of that generation. Listeners of my generation could liken the program structure to a concept album like Pink Floyd’s 'The Wall' or Frank Zappa’s 'Joe’s Garage,' but with more gravitas." - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
DID YOU WANT TO COMMEMORATE ARMISTICE DAY? CLASSICAL MUSIC THINKS YOU SHOULD.
November 9, 2018
"This kind of extramusical buy-in is a sign that a program has meaningfully connected with its subject: making people confront and think about World War I rather than simply offering a couple of hours of historicized reverie about an event that no longer looms large in the popular imagination." - Washington Post
MTT AND THE S.F. SYMPHONY MASTER THE WILD BEAST IN IVES' FOURTH
November 18, 2017
"Peter Dugan, in a stirring solo turn, manned the downstage piano keyboard in a tour de force of hammered chords and sprawling passage work. In certain stretches, this symphony behaves more like a piano concerto bursting at the seams." - San Francisco Classical Voice
"Dugan is an artist with great expressive skills and has that special performance gene that allows him to communicate directly with an audience. His animated playing was infectious and yet he did it without any of the tawdry pianistic stage gestures one often sees." - Classical Sonoma