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“Argento Chamber Ensemble...[is] providing a real service to new-music lovers in New York City, by exposing works that might otherwise go unperformed…”

     – Alex Ross, The New Yorker

“An essential source of adventurous new music in New York.”

     – Steve Smith, Night After Night

“Their technical polish lets them move easily through the rhythmic and harmonic thickets of the contemporary styles that are their specialty, but they also bring to their performances the kind of unsettled, restless energy that seems a special province of the young. Michel Galante, the group's conductor, is able to transform these warring qualities into readings that make even relatively static pieces sound dynamic and charged.”

     – Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

“The [Argento Chamber Ensemble's] performance succeeded in every way that really matters. It seized the moment and persuaded one that if Kilkenny Arts Festival wanted to end at the top, it could not get much higher than this.”

     – Martin Adams, The Irish Times

“Argento deserve commendation for delivering a CD that matches fine performance with fine recording and mixing. Murail's works live in the details, and Argento have rendered them richly.”

     – Lanier Sammons, Sequenza 21

“[The Argento Chamber Ensemble's] thrillingly gritty, acid-tinged account of Schoenberg's early Chamber Symphony No. 1 caught Expressionism in full flower.”

     – Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

“It renders [the works] not merely approachable but positively delectable through its mix of technical command and urgent advocacy.…an exceptionally rich, detailed recording.”

     – Steve Smith, The New York Times

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Lee Passarella, Audiophile Audition, October 25, 2013: Imbrications in Fred Lerdahl Vol.4

Ralph Graves, WTJU Charlottesville, VA, July 12, 2013: Imbrications in Fred Lerdahl Vol.4

Daniel Stephen Johnson, WQXR New York, June 10, 2013, Album of the Week: Imbrications in Fred Lerdahl Vol.4

Harold Rolnick, ConcertoNet, September 20, 2013: Collaboration with the New Chamber Ballet

Viven Schweitzer, The New York Times, July 5, 2013: Haas and The Second Viennese School

James Oestreich, The New York Times, February 24, 2013: Symphonies of Song

Matt Mendez, Soundproof Room, December 12, 2012: Pierrot Lunaire at 100

Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times, December 2, 2012: Lunar Movement Series

Matt Mendez, Soundproof Room, December 12, 2012: Pierrot Lunaire at 100

David St. Lascaux, The Brooklyn Rail, October 27, 2012: Mozart/Haas

Playbill, October 20, 2012: Interview with Michel Galante on Mozart/Haas

Matt Mendez, Soundproof Room, October 18, 2012: Mozart/Haas Commentary

Steve Smith, The New York Times, September 16, 2012: Moving Sounds Festival

Broadway World, September 4, 2012: Mozart/Haas Preview

Lewis Whittington, ConcertoNet, July 30, 2012: Spectral Impressions at the Rodin Museum (Hurel)

Mary Sydnor, Philadelphia Daily News, July 28, 2012: Spectral Impressions at the Rodin Museum (Hurel)

Ryan Olivier, Melo Music Composers' Blog, July 28, 2012: Spectral Impressions at the Rodin Museum (Murail)

Pia Catton, The Wall Street Journal, October 10, 2011: SONiC Festival/Joyce Theater Collaboration

Steve Smith, The New York Times, September 21, 2011: Czechsplorations I at the Moving Sounds Festival: arrangements of Janacek's Prelude to From the House of the Dead, Violin Sonata (for saxophone), and Mahler's Adagio from Symphony No. 10

Joel Myers, Virtual Shellfish, February 21, 2011: Haas's in vain at the Park Avenue Armory

Vivan Schweitzer, The New York Times, February 15, 2011: Haas's in vain at the Park Avenue Armory

Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, January 11, 2011: Ferneyhough's La chute d'Icare, Romitelli's Professor Bad Trip, etc. at the Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles

OutWestArts, January 11, 2011: Ferneyhough's La chute d'Icare, Romitelli's Professor Bad Trip, etc. at the Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles

Alex Ross, The New Yorker, November 29, 2010: Haas's in vain at EMPAC and the Moving Sounds Festival

Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times, November 21, 2010: Fred Lerdahl Composer Portrait

Joseph Dalton, November 12, 2010: Haas's in vain at EMPAC

Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, June 24, 2010: Schumann at 200

Steve Smith, The New York Times, March 8, 2010: Sebestian Currier Composer Portrait

Steve Smith and Olivia Giovetti, Time Out New York, December 31, 2009: Best of 2009

Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times, December 18, 2009: 2009's most memorable performances (Haas's in vain)

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, November 18, 2009: Miranda Cuckson plays Ralph Shapey

Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, September 14, 2009: Moving Sounds Festival

Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, May 6, 2009: Olivier Messiaen Centenary

Josef Woodard, Los Angeles Times, February 17, 2009: Grisey's Les espaces acoustiques

Daniel Ginsberg, The Washington Post, February 11, 2009: Georg Friedrich Haas's in vain

Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times, February 9, 2009: Georg Friedrich Hass's in vain

Steve Smith, Time Out New York, February 5, 2009: Georg Friedrich Haas's in vain

Steve Smith, The New York Times, April 7, 2009: Fineberg's Lolita (Page 2)

Steve Smith, The New York Times, August 1, 2008: Music of Pierre Boulez

Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, April 16, 2008: Helmut Lachenmann's Mouvement (external link)

Rick Schultz, Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2008: Interview with Helmut Lachenmann (external link)

Steve Smith, Night After Night, December 28, 2007: Steve Smith's Best of 2007 (external link)

The Irish Times, December 24, 2007: Argento at the National Gallery, Dublin (external link)

Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, March 25, 2007: Argento's debut CD Winter Fragments on the AEON label (external link)

The New York Times, March 25, 2007: Argento's debut CD Winter Fragments on the AEON label (PDF)

Steve Smith, Night After Night, March 25, 2007: Argento's debut CD Winter Fragments on the AEON label (external link)

Lanier Sammons, Sequenza 21, March 24, 2007: Winter Fragment CD (external link)

Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, February 2, 2007: German Expressionism--Schoenberg, Wagner/Szeto, Haas, Stockhausen

Steve Smith, Night After Night: January 31, 2007: German Expressionism--Schoenberg, Wagner/Szeto, Haas, Stockhausen (external link)

The Irish Times, August 21, 2006: Argento at the Kilkenny Festival

Argento at Kilkenny, August 2006

Steve Smith, Night After Night: May 11, 2006: Stephanie Griffin portrait

Steve Smith, Night After Night, May 9, 2006: Grisey, Stephanie Griffin, and Miranda Cuckson (external link)

Steve Smith, Night After Night, May 8, 2006: IRCAM at Miller Theatre (external link)