Albert Hurwit – Reviews


Photo: Brian Ambrose; courtesy: Albert Hurwit


about Symphony No. 1, “Remembrance”

“A luminous score… ‘Remembrance’ strikes a universal chord…Hurwit shows considerable skill transforming his themes and using them cyclically to unify a large scale work.” — Atlanta Audio Society


about Are There Still Bells

“With this vivid and colorful piece, Hurwit may well have created the thing that nearly every composer, serious or popular, secretly longs to create: a Christmas standard.” — Steve Metcalf, The Hartford Courant


“On November 20, 2016, I conducted the world premiere of Are There Still Bells by Albert Hurwit. I can honestly say that the music elevates Longfellow’s poem to a level that even the author would be humbled. Listeners and performers alike, today and tomorrow, will be elated!” — Ertan Sayyer Sener, Music Director, New Britain Symphony


“I believe that this work is a magnificent example of Christmas music. In addition to its infectious seasonal melody and the words of Longfellow, Hurwit has turned this work into a cri de coeur for world peace. It cannot fail to endure for years to come.” — Michael Lankester, Conductor and Music Director, Hartford Symphony Orchestra (1985-2000)