COMPOSITION REVIEWS

 

"Each work showed an appreciation for the instrument at hand...effortless logic of Allen's writing...characterized by a trademark naturalness and graceful lyricism encountered in every work on the program...his melodies never sit but are always evolving in interesting and often unexpected ways....full of energy, variety, tonal imagination and blissfully straightforward integration of rhythm parts, texture parts and melodies."
The Mail Star - Thursday, November 23, 2000

"...Allen giving us ten of his charming Bagatelles...succinct, strikingly contrasted in mood and energy, and despite their brevity left you with a feeling of completeness."
The Mail Star - Tuesday, May 30, 2000

"...Peter Allen's wonderfully rich, lavishly pianistic and wholly absorbing Haligonian Rhapsody, a new work for two pianos which he and Torbert absolutely tore up the house with... rhythmically vigorous and musically resourceful...developed with ideal musical logic...contrasted agitation and grace..."
The Mail Star - Monday, April 26, 1999

"His Chopin ripples, his Debussy effervesces, his Mendelssohn confronts, and his own music surprises, challenges and delights."
The Mail Star - November 23, 1998