New York Times Review

NEW MUSIC FROM AMERICAN COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA AT CARNEGIE HALL

Kristin Kuster’s Myrrha (2006), for orchestra and chamber chorus (the ACO singers) drew on Ovid’s story of a woman who lusted after her father (the result of being cursed by Aphrodite) and was transformed by the gods into a tree. Stravinsky’s shadow is caught hovering over more than a few passages, both in savage, bright-edged chords in the “Sacre” style, and in the ritualistic accent he used in works like “Oedipus Rex.” But Ms. Kuster’s choral writing has an invitingly tart edge, and she writes commandingly for the orchestra.

Allan Kozinn, New York Times, 5 May 2006