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Music by "a mid-career master"
"The pieces on this CD are terrifically good in many ways…. Zaimont clearly possesses a keen sense of characterization, pacing, and drama. Best of all, each cycle inhabits its own distinct emotional world." - New Music Connoisseur, Summer 2000 Vol. 8 No. 2 (full review here)
Interesting and distinctive…. Enjoyable, intelligent music; word-setting which demonstrates a consistent perceptiveness as regards the meaning and shape of the words, without ever forfeiting the proper liberties of the composer. A CD well worth hearing. - Glyn Pursglove in MusicWeb International
Greyed Sonnets is, appropriately, more powerful, more adventurous in sound, while the Chansons Nobles are more closely related to the French tradition of understatement. Zaimont keeps the accompaniaments rather independent, does not always follow the structure of the poem in the music, but succeeds in presenting the text in a clear setting, with a fine balance of words and music. These songs are far from easy to sing, but are an impressive contribution to the song cycle repertoire....
I am especially impressed with the broad range of styles and sounds that Zaimont brings to such widely divergent poems. - Jocelyn Mackey, Pan Pipes Fall 2000, Volume 93, Number 1