Comments on the Music of Judith Lang Zaimont

Zaimont is a serious artist, formidably endowed, and capable of a broad audience appeal.
-- FANFARE

A composer of the first rank -- a mid-career master.
-- NEW MUSIC CONNOISSEUR

Irresistible... The music enchants.
-- GRAMOPHONE - October/November 2007

Elegant, gorgeous, and revelatory.
-- WORLD Magazine - July 2007

A colorful and commanding work. This is contemporary music you really want to hear again.
-- THE NEW RECORDS

Exquisitely crafted, vividly characterized and wholly appealing.
-- NEW YORK TIMES

Interesting and distinctive.  Enjoyable, intelligent, consistently inventive and accomplished music. 
-- MUSIC WEB INTERNATIONAL 2007

The music is handsomely turned with flashes of brilliance. There are no arid passages, nor is there any padding at all. Zaimont has enriched the literature.
-- SYRACUSE POST-STANDARD

A composer worthy of her broad recognition is Judith Lang Zaimont, whose high-voltage, glittering [work] proved completely satisfying.
-- THE WASHINGTON POST

Zaimont's work has both quality and personality.
-- HIGH FIDELITY

Wonderful...affecting.  Zaimont strikes her own epic note. 
-- CLASSICAL NET 2006

A piece of considerable poetic and incantatory power -- compelling rhythmic energy, provocative instrumental textures and haunting melismatic melody.
-- OVATION

Zaimont lays out in clear display her formal concepts, contained masterfully by a centrifugal moving tonality that never lacks direction. -- GREENVILLE (SC) NEWS

Beautiful and original.
-- PIANO QUARTERLY


Uncommonly attractive music.
-- FANFARE

Expressive and idiomatic works.
-- CLAVIER

Powerful and inspired.
-- WOMEN OF NOTE QUARTERLY

Beautiful music. Enthusiastically recommended to every lover of chamber music with strings and piano.
-- FANFARE

Zaimont's vocal solo works are a unique contribution to contemporary song literature. They are of high quality and lasting significance.
-- NATS JOURNAL

Its elegant piano accompaniments, the greatly varied but always coherent melodic writing made this piece intensely interesting and at times quite beautiful.
-- NEW YORK TIMES

Judith Lang Zaimont is one of the foremost composers active on the American scene.
-- CHORAL JOURNAL

Judith Lang Zaimont is, along with Christopher Rouse, Arnold Rosner, and Joseph Schwantner, one of the most interesting compositional voices of her generation.
-- FANFARE 2001

Zaimont shows herself to be an impressive symphonic composer, inviting comparison with contemporary masters of the orchestra [such as] John Harbison and Nicholas Maw.
-- AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE 2001

These pieces are terrifically good in many ways. Zaimont’s harmonic language is intriguing and well-handled. The overall sound world here is relatively dissonant, yet clearly contains tonal underpinnings. Surprisingly, she is able to effectively juggle triads, more astringent verticals, and extended techniques within this style. A wide range of moods is also tellingly delineated here; there is much variety of atmosphere, and Zaimont clearly possesses a keen sense of characterization, pacing and drama. Best of all each piece inhabits its own emotional world.
-- NEW MUSIC CONNOISSEUR 2000

An excellent work, its disparate elements fused with remarkable skill. Indeed, listening to Zaimont’s music, one often thinks that if a common musical language could exist in the late 20th century, it might sound like this.
-- BALTIMORE SUN


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