2 September 2006
Christiane Oelze, soprano; John Mark Ainsley, tenor
…Kyburz’s newest creation draws the listener into the dramatic narrative through sheer force of vocal and instrumental personality.
A tenor and soprano speak, sing and declaim fragmented lines, answering and ending sentences or ordering the other to move on. The diversion is almost unrelievedly dark, its episodes of anger, sarcasm and tension alleviated by moments of serenity.
Kyburz’s musical language rarely flirts with tonality, but its powerful sonorities are reminiscent of Alban Berg’s writing in terms of turbulent lyricism. The composer uses the orchestra as a brooding, clamorous beast that can transform itself into a delicate creature.
…The artistic weather isn’t completely overcast. Flashes of humor can be discerned…Kyburz’s command of vocal color and orchestral animation is so sure that touché intrigues even when, like the protagonists, its essence is untouchable.
Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer , 03/10/2006