National Symphony Orchestra
...this is one of the best new pieces Music Director Leonard Slatkin has championed — an ambitious, eloquent and often radiantly beautiful confection for an instrument that is notoriously difficult for a composer to work with....Adamo's scoring for harp struck me as direct, idiomatic and appealing, and the performance by Dotian Levalier, for whom it was written, was both subtle and majestically authoritative.
...it is a terrific addition to the literature...
There was inventive play with orchestral sound effects throughout the concerto, but they were always put to lyrical ends. Indeed, Four Angels is communicative from first note to last, yet never descends into the easy-listening pastiche that too often typifies so-called accessible modern music. It deserves a future.
Tim Page, Washington Post
8th June 2007
A conversation with Stephen Brooke, for The Washington Post
An essay on how it was composed, for NewMusicBox
…and from Tim Smith, in The Baltimore Sun