Kibbe's WINTER MOODS, (opus 106, for harpsichord,
cello and flute) - - - proved a highly original, distinctive
That the 44-year-old composer's score should fare so well
in the august company of works by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi is testament
skill. WINTER MOODS exhibits vigorous, engaging rhythms, masterfully
executed transitions within movements (all too rare these
days) and a
keen sense of pacing."
TERRY McQUILKIN, Los Angeles Times, 3/2/90
WIND QUINTET #5, "Sonic Options," opus 77,
"offers - - - a surround-sound experience in which the quintet members are
spotted at various
points around the performing space and are asked not only
to double on other instruments but, in places, to play off
one another in an almost improvisatory
manner. Nonetheless the music outweighed the gimmickry, pulling
the players and audience alike into its innards."
WIND QUINTET #7, "In Winter," opus 98, "Here,
too, one was impressed by the fluency and imagination of the writing, even
among the more
austere pages, something underscored by the expert blend and
skillful interaction of voices." WILLIAM S. GOODFELLOW,
Deseret News, 2/21/97
PIANO QUARTET IN C MINOR, "From A Romantic's Diary,"
- - its three sections deliver on what they promise, with
lyrical textures and rich sonorities. Propelled by its honest
emotions, tonal harmony and, in the outer portions, an urgent
rhythmic underpinning, the quartet is striking - - - for its
rankness and craftsmanship - - -.
TIMOTHY MANGAN, Los Angeles Times, 2/14/95
WIND QUINTET #4, "The American," opus 71.
" - - - had a healthy
hint of coquettishness. There wasn't one ounce of unfriendliness
this Kibbe creation. Nor did it venture so far to the right
most sophisticated ear could not find solace in the work's
This composition shared in the same spirit as Prokofiev's
JEFF MANOOKIAN, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2/21/97
EBONY SUITE, opus 116, for three clarinets (Eb, Bb
"Speaking of soul, there was such in the compressive,
expressive EBONY SUITE,
a work by Michael Kibbe, dated 1992, given its premiere during
the trio's concert.
Kibbe has added touches of jazz syncopation to music relatively
calm for a contemporary creation. It is marked by a reflective
mood, only rarely tinged with tension. - - - it favorably
showcases the three soloists and gives them each some notable
things to do. The trio should get a good ride out of the piece."
PETER JACOBL, The Herald-Times, 11/17/92
ARRANGEMENTS (on "Fantastic Voyage" CD by
The North Wind Quintet :
"The arrangements ... are more than exemplary - they
with tone color contrast when needed and blend when the music
that effect ... refreshing and enjoyable - a treasure."
Jocelyn Mackey, Pan Pipes of Sigma Alpha Iota
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