Review of “Ile” in Herald Times Online

“The score is Italian verismo, updated and made American through language, O’Neill’s inescapably stark New England and composer Donner’s own gift at establishing mood and tone. The music strongly hints of Puccini and his disciples. It draws one in, being melodic, lushly orchestrated and dramatic, eminently suited to O’Neill’s tragic material.” … More Review of “Ile” in Herald Times Online

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Review of “Sonata Judaica” and Sonata No. 1 for Piano in The Big City

The standout pieces on the program were two works by Donner….His Sonata No. 1 for Piano and Sonata Judaica for clarinet and piano performed the vital action of setting their own premises and then attacking them a little bit. The duo was energetic and good humored, incorporating the flavor of Jewish melodies into Modernist structures … More Review of “Sonata Judaica” and Sonata No. 1 for Piano in The Big City