The premiere recording of Judith Lang Zaimont’s Attars, in which she proves that “bracing” and “impressionistic” aren’t necessarily a contradiction in terms. - CD Hotlist
We come to the present day with Judith Lang Zaimont’s suite Attars, written just last year and translating five flower scents into miniatures of great sensuality … as if Zaimont had absorbed and updated Impressionism in ‘Pink Lotus’ and sinew in ‘Jasmine’. - GRAMOPHONE
ATTARS recorded on the Steinway label by Drew Petersen. Drew is the winner of the 2017 APA competition and a brilliant pianist who gave a commanding performance of the work, which was commissioned from Zaimont to be the required competition piece.
For last year’s American Pianists Awards, she wrote a piece—a suite, really—called Attars. “Attar”: “a perfume or essential oil obtained from flowers or petals.” In her suite, Zaimont has five attars, or five movements, in any case: “Roses,” “Musk,” “Pink Lotus,” “Jasmine,” and “Frangipani” (what a wonderful name).
“Roses” is pleasantly sweeping, or nicely rippling. Perhaps the fragrance is moving through the air. The next movement, “Musk,” is bluesy. How about “Frangipani”? A bold and delightful waltz, possibly tipsy.
I will say about Attars: they ought to be programmed.
- Jay Nordlinger, THE NEW CRITERION