...his music has everything we have come to expect from the greatest of contemporary composers—confidence,
originality, expressivity, and, above all, palpable meaning. ...highly original and compelling.
"...[a] notable world premiere here, Andrew Waggoner's La Folie (Fantasme on a Ground)
, a more maximal
organism. This is music at once viscerally charged and intellectually curious - curious as in strangely compelling
and actively, restlessly searching. The piece morphs and folds over itself, unveiling a series of ideas, interests
and aspects of what the composer calls the "continuous variation". It's a wild ride, in other words,
but with self-assurance and dignity beneath the sometimes crazed and Messiaenic surfaces."
--Los Angeles Times
"Andrew Waggoner is a gifted practitioner of a complex but dramatic and vividly colored style"
--The New Yorker
"Andrew Waggoner joined his colleagues at the end in his quintet Memory, Word, Mystery, Presence
composed in 2005 in Strasbourg. A play of contrasts between harmonies both supercharged and still, between
homophony and dense polyphony, all through an atonality that manages to be unaggressive, never sinking to
demagoguery. The writing, beautifully clear, captures the ear throughout."
--Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace, Strasbourg, France
"Waggoner's timbral combinations were particularly inventive: a roiling passage driven by pounding
roto-toms was followed with a lyrical stretch for alto saxophone paired with bowed cymbal and wobbly
flexatone; not long after that, icy lines on piano and guitar backed a growling tenor saxophone and groaning cuica."
--Night After Night Blogs, New York
"Andrew Waggoner's Collines parmi étoiles
... lives up to its Messiaenesque title, conjuring vast vistas of sound."
"A promising premiere by Andrew Waggoner should convince any listener that this music will prosper
into the 21st century."
"...eloquent...seemed to end far too soon, leaving the listener wanting more."
--Winnipeg Free Press
"...the concert featured back-to-back performances of Waggoner's brief but tremendous Aubade
"...Waggoner's music is richly varied."
"Waggoner's 'Song' is the most substantial work on the
disc, with an imposing structure..."
"Also impressive was Waggoner's The Train
, a subtle work that eschewed obvious choo-choo effects in
favor of an unstoppable sense of momentum."
"...effectively understated...deep tolling chords contrasted with sparkling flashes of passagework
lightning in the evocative second movement."
--Los Angeles Times
"Legacy...uses a smart melodic technique: Waggoner unleashes lines in hesitating, fractured portions,
stretching the emotional waiting time before arrival points. The first movement is brightly lit, with harmonics
poking out from a busy texture."
"Symphony no. 2 is a grand affair, with broad, sweeping melodies...a composer of significant potential."
--American Record Guide
"An in memoriam piece, the symphony is clearly a deeply felt work, which makes no apology for its overtly
emotional content. The two string quartets make a similar direct appeal to the emotions, the first utilising
more or less overt references to the textures and visceral impact of non-classical forms, the second leading the
listener through a sensual journey of dream and imagination..."
"Similarly, Waggoner's Variations
... entice the listener with frequent mood changes and facile, idiomatic,
colorful string writing."
--Sonneck Society for American Music Bulletin