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CODALARIO
"Los Trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda: Symphony in Four Movements, was forty-five minutes of well-constructed music, with a sweeping rhythmic force that manifested itself especially in the third movement…the whole work is a demonstration, free of eccentricities, of the resources of the symphony orchestra...The composer took to the stage amidst intense applause and cries of "bravo"…it can be said, without fear, that the premiere was a success."
-Álvaro Menéndez Granda 

ARTS ATLANTA
"'Perú Negro'...is a work that deserves to find its way into the standard orchestral repertoire of the 21st century."
-Mark Gresham

NEW YORK TIMES
"The [Bel Canto] score by Mr. López, 37, is fairly tough stuff…the music is fraught, gnashing and blazingly orchestrated."
-Anthony Tommasini

"Mr. López proves himself expert in orchestration..."
-James R. Oestreich

WALL STREET JOURNAL
"The strength of Mr. López’s music is its bright, brass-tinged propulsiveness, a riot of orchestral color…"
-Heidi Waleson

FINANCIAL TIMES
"Bel Canto [is] an absorbing, vibrant and entertaining first opera by Jimmy López. López…has supplied a staggeringly eclectic, texturally rich score."
-George Loomis

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"'Bel Canto' may be only Lopez's first opera, but it is an accomplished piece of work, and it marks the 37-year-old…composer as a talent to watch."

"…Jimmy Lopez's music grabs and holds your attention without ever stooping to the feel-good clichés of today's classical accessibility. It's at once serious, engaging, imaginative, beautifully made."

"Lopez (is) one of the most admired among the younger generation of South American composers..."
-John von Rhein

DENVER POST
"Lopez doesn't sound like the other composers currently at work. His influences are broad, but he has a distinct voice and it is adventurous and winning. He's making opera that sounds like him, rather than trying to emulate others. That's how you push an art form forward."
-Ray Mark Rinaldi

OPERA NEWS
"López is an undeniably exciting composer. Lyric’s Bel Canto…was an exhilarating event and a compelling reaffirmation of the transcendent power of music."
-Mark Thomas Ketterson

MUSICAL AMERICA
"First time has proved to be the charm for composer and librettist, and Lyric has ended its 11-year world premiere drought with a first-class production."
-Wynne Delacoma

HYDE PARK HERALD
"The astonishing score of 37-year-old Peruvian-born composer Jimmy Lopez stole the show and revealed his vision, imagination, and immense dramatic skills."
-M. L. Rantala

THE NEW YORKER
"What animates the story is López’s score, which begins in full fury…[López] studied in Lima, Helsinki, and Berkeley, acquiring a virtuoso mastery of the modern orchestra. He isn’t afraid of hard edges, grinding dissonances, spells of near-anarchy. He’s also deft at musical character sketches…"
-Alex Ross

THE ABSOLUTE SOUND
"The disc of four works by Peruvian composer Jimmy López is the most compelling program of contemporary symphonic music I’ve heard this year."
-Andrew Quint

BUFFALO NEWS
"…a fascinating figure, Lopez’s music is full of drama, broad musical strokes and craggy energy that never falls victim to the purely rhetorical."
-Jeff Simon

GRAMOPHONE
"…Jimmy López (b1978) seems sure to make his mark on the contemporary scene. Neither the sound quality or booklet-notes leave anything to be desired, resulting in a disc which seems sure to raise López’s profile – and deservedly so."
-Richard Whitehouse

CLASSICAL EAR
"López can...write ethereal music that seems to survey from the heights as well as conjuring beauties to ravish our senses."
-Colin Anderson

THE CLASSICAL REVIEWER
"Jimmy López is a fine composer who brings the influences of his native Peru to his own unique style producing music of imagination and brilliance."
-Bruce Reader

THE BAY AREA REPORTER
"The facts are: it's music you can get on the first hearing…it's overall unmistakably upbeat and leavened with a non-jokey good humor; it's evocative of Lopez's South American roots without being mysteriously so, or glibly playing the multicultural card…And it's smart in a way that doesn't make you feel less so."
-Tim Pfaff

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
"López, 32, is one of the most interesting young composers anywhere today."
-Andrew Patner

EL COMERCIO
"Jimmy López is the most famous Peruvian composer of our day. Educated in Europe and the United States this musician has established himself as the creator of stupendous orchestral works."
- Alonso Almenara

WESER KURIER
"What a good choice to end the concert with a powerful final chord presenting "Peru Negro"...Lopez has improvised on motifs, taken them apart and put them together again in a monumental picture made of sound. Like a tropical storm, the music swept over the heads of the completely flabbergasted audience in Die Glocke. Huge ovation with bravos for orchestra, conductor and composer."
-Iris Hetscher 

D MAGAZINE
"(Perú Negro) López’s five-section [sic] fantasy on folksongs drawn from the slave-descended African Peruvian community featured a barrage of percussion instruments including donkey’s jawbone, wooden boxes, and thunder sheets, and proved to be a melodic, noisy, and colorful orchestral showpiece in the tradition of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite, well worthy of a spot in the orchestral repertoire."
-Wayne Lee Gay 

THEATER JONES
"The concert opened with the world premiere of Jimmy López’s Perú Negro…the Fort Worth Symphony shows its dedication to adding new works to the orchestral canon with the piece; engaging a quality composer such as López to write for the orchestra adds an additional relevance to the occasion and doubles down on the commitment to keep the oeuvre of symphonic music alive."
-John Norine Jr.

HELSINGIN SANOMAT
"Most pieces were scarcely applauded, but the Peruvian Jimmy Lopéz's Carnynx...pulled roars of applause from the audience."
-Jukka Isopuro

"Peruvian Jimmy López's ‘Fiesta!’ is fierce and fun rhythmic rumbling... The ensemble began blooming in an extraordinary, original and authentic Peruvian Fiesta-joy, where its slightly cool sound got suddenly transformed into blazing sensuality."
-Hannu-Ilari Lampila

"Wild visionary's music provided an amazing experience...The composition concert of Jimmy López (born in Peru in 1978 and studied in Finland) besides being an amazing experience produced by his overwhelming music was also a formidable proof of his cooperational skills; the support provided by many patrons and institutions have made this event possible. A large orchestra featured many nationalities; there were three conductors and two soloists. The evening awakened the feeling that, also in music, we live in a global era."
-Veijo Murtomäki

"....Jimmy Lopez's 'K'asa', a multifaceted piece for violin and piano. The piece's character and expressive world were pleasingly extensive; the demands on the players considerable. There was boldness in the music and the composition's power of communication and quality always remained high. Fine piece!".
-Veijo Murtomäki

BALTIMORE SUN
"Jimmy Lopez's 'Fiesta!' had a kinetic kick, with great brass licks and percussion flourishes."
-Tim Smith

SEATTLE TIMES
"Peruvian composer Jimmy López's "Fiesta!" — which closes the concert — is an entirely different animal, as is hinted in its movement titles: 'Trance I,' 'Trance II,' 'Countertime,' 'Techno.' It's a rambunctious, percussion- energized piece..."
-Michael Upchurch

DARMSTÄDTER ECHO
"'15 etudes for sting octet'... Jimmy Lopez, 2008 Kranichsteiner Music Prize winner. Here, American Jack Quartet joined the Arditti Quartet to create a sequence of aphoristic short pieces, each one dedicated to a playing technique or sound topic. Pizzicati, tremolo, harmonics, glissandi, rhythmic pulses, harmonic diversification; all were explored with much fantasy. This was entertaining music in the best sense. In addition, almost orchestral sonorities were cleverly utilized. In a fully packed Orangerie, Lopez received the biggest applause from all four composers present, and justifiably so."
-Klaus Trapp

STAR TELEGRAM
"Peru Negro is a salute to the black musical heritage of Peru. It’s a very outgoing composition, boundless in energy, with much brass and percussion, fierce rhythms and a smashing ending."
-Olin Chism

"The concert ended with the world premiere of Lago de Lagrimas by young Peruvian Jimmy Lopez. The flute concerto starred Jessica Warren-Acosta playing a flute with a sliding head joint. She bent notes like a trombone. The first movement, Suplicio, was Baroque in its depth and emotion, the same low, sad flute melody cycling against exquisite, golden orchestrations. Staccato walls of rhythm propelled Transmutacion, blunt-force declarations that tried to maintain momentum...a quiet, beautiful glow remained."
-Chris Shull

"Rhythmic riffs were repeated and passed around; syncopated snippets suggested salsa beats; strings pounded out a pulse and whirred in blurry glissandi. Fiesta! was frenetic, mirroring the club life that inspired it."
-Chris Shull

"FWSO disc 'Inti' brings little-known Peruvian compositions to light...Fiesta! by Jimmy Lopez is full of brassy shouts, bubbling percussion and syncopated full-orchestra rumbles...By turns brash and coolly luxurious, Fiesta! is vital, vigorous music, exciting and engaging across its four movements."
-Chris Shull

THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
"Composer Jimmy Lopez, born in 1978 and another Peruvian, also took a bow Thursday. He aims for fun in his “Fiesta!” and succeeds splendidly, making festive use of the orchestra: energized by Latin dance rhythms and an unvarnished directness that is so typical of New World art but rare back in the old country."
-Pierre Ruhe

CHARLESTON CITY PAPER
"The program's novelty was Fiesta, by young Peruvian tunesmith Jimmy López. Written just last year, it's a perky number that marks him as a composer to watch. Under resident conductor Scott Terrell's assured baton, the four-movement work engaged its listeners with infectious energy and complex, shifting Latin rhythms...The edgy second movement skittered in all directions, laced with violent outbursts. The CSO's crack percussionists got a real workout in the final two movements, as the piece drove to a frantic finish with primitive punch and brassy flourishes."
-Lindsay Koob

DALLAS MORNING NEWS
"True to its name, Fiesta! is a high-energy piece – its fourth movement is called "Techno" – with lots of percussion and catchy rhythms. Its sense of good cheer is hard to resist. Mr. López was present to take bows."
Olin Chism

KANSAN UUTISET MAGAZINE
"...the interpretation of Jimmy Lopez's Incubus was a performance that will stay on the mind. It was unpredictable in every sense... Lopéz says this work has taken him to technical and emotional realms that are foreign to him. In the performance this translated into the players whispering, grumbling, yelling and stabbing their shoes audibly against the ground."
-Jouku Huru

HUFVUDSTADSBLADET
"...López himself was unnecessarily humble in his welcoming speech and in the concert programme, where it was not very clear who had composed the works. When the music is as good as this, there is nothing to be ashamed of."
-Wilhelm Kvist