Adamo's Alcott Music is a triptych of character portraits from his acclaimed first opera, Little Women. Here the composer has drastically revamped the score, eliminating one movement. The result is an attractive suite for chamber orchestra and a tighter and more effective work.
Lawrence A. Johnson, Gramophone
1st April 2010
It is in the latter that one can most readily understand what is so immediate and likable about Adamo's operatic work; it captures the nineteenth-century milieu of Louisa May Alcott without the built-in sentimentality associated with the era and is stated in a completely contemporary neo-Romantic idiom.
Dave Lewis, http://www.dilettantemusic.com
20th January 2010
"Mark Adamo's Alcott Music, a suite from his much-acclaimed opera Little Women...was heard in new revisions. Cast in freshly conceived tonal language, the Adamo piece consists of three subtly differentiated character sketches drawn from Louisa May Alcott's Victorian-era novel: Jo, Meg and (together) their parents, Alma and Gideon. Though clearly contrasted, all three portraits parallel each other in their translucent textures and striking sonic effects -- both defined in contrasting combinations of strings, percussion, harp and celesta...A highlight of the season."
Cecelia Porter, The Washington Post
24th October 2007