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Music Hot Off the Press (San Francisco Classical Voice, 7 Mar 2017)

by Rebecca Wishnia

"Performing later in the day, Areon Flutes (Jill Heinke Moen, Kassey Plaha, and Meerenai Shim), was as strong, particularly in like the tide, by New York-based composer Patrick Castillo. This episodic trio evokes water’s movement through a host of colorful effects, including deep, slow breaths that create faintly whistling pitches."

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Patrick Castillo: The Quality of Mercy (Kathodik, 15 Feb 2016)

Filippo Focosi reviews The Quality of Mercy for Italian webzine Kathodik: "Castillo è un autore con uno stile personale ben definito, non da ultimo dalla raffinatezza delle soluzioni timbriche, che aggiungono fascino a una musica già di per sé stimolante."

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Patrick Castillo: The Quality of Mercy (Textura, Feb 2016)

"Contrasts in composition and sound design are plentiful on this fifty-two-minute collection, and The Quality of Mercy impresses as a bold and auspicious recording."

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Patrick Castillo: The Quality of Mercy (Klasika ir džiazas, 25 Jan 2016)

Lithuanian classical music & jazz blog Klasika ir džiazas reviews The Quality of Mercy, praising the album's "innovative, intriguing, and inventive sound" (novatoriško, intriguojančio ir išradingo skambesio).

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Patrick Castillo: The Quality of Mercy (Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, 21 Jan 2016)

This is the hour of lead and The Quality of Mercy are "expressive, evocative," writes Grego Applegate Edwards. "Castillo has a vibrant feel for complexes of sound that have a narrative quality, a poetic demeanor, a superior sense of dramatic color weaving that makes for some very moving chamber music."

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Grief and Reconciliation: Patrick Castillo’s The Quality of Mercy (I Care If You Listen, 20 Jan 2016)

Don Clark writes, "The Quality of Mercy–an expertly recorded, artistically packaged recording of three major compositions by Patrick Castillo on the enterprising Innova records–showcases a composer deserving of wider exposure. ... The music is restrained and reflective but brimming with a variety of texture and sound that draws you into its world. ... Patrick Castillo is a composer that has something to say and knows how to communicate his message. Look forward to more from this important voice."

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Baker's Dozen Best CDs, 2015 Edition (Pictures on Silence, 23 Dec 2015)

Patrick Castillo's The Quality of Mercy makes Don Clark's year-end list. "Further proof that 'classical' music is not dead, but evolving quite well, thank you."

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Composer CD Reviews: Recordings of music by Patrick Castillo & Peter V. Swendsen (ClevelandClassical.com, 17 Dec 2015)

Patrick Castillo's The Quality of Mercy is "affecting and sensitively orchestrated," writes Daniel Hautzinger. "[A] gorgeous, masterfully crafted canvas."

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New York-based Third Sound ensemble debuts in Old Havana (I Care If You Listen, 15 Dec 2015)

by Arlene & Larry Dunn

When American Composers Forum was invited by festival director Guido López-Gavilán to bring an artists delegation to the 28th Havana Contemporary Music Festival, it coalesced perfectly with ACF board vice-chair Patrick Castillo's recent efforts to form a new performing ensemble with his wife, violinist Karen Kim. “We wanted to assemble a group of musicians whom we could trust with the broad sweep of chamber repertoire,” Castillo reports, “to take everything from Mozart to Schoenberg to stuff with the ink still wet equally seriously, with total curiosity, and absolutely kill it, no matter what the program.” Highly-regarded chamber players...

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The Quality of Mercy (Klara Late Night, 15 Dec 2015)

Late Night Lab 15 12 2015 by Klara Late Night on Mixcloud

Belgian internet radio station Klara Late Night features The Quality of Mercy, "een vrij abstracte maar indrukwekkende meditatie over verzoening van de Amerikaanse componist Patrick Castillo."

https://www.mixcloud.com/mixtuur/late-night-lab-15-12-2015/

Hear A New Music Journey, From The U.S. To Havana (NPR Music, 9 Dec 2015)

by Anastasia Tsioulcas

When you think of Cuban music, contemporary classical most likely isn't the first — or possibly even fifth — genre that springs to mind. But a group of American composers and musicians couldn't resist an opportunity to travel to the island to present their own music and seek out their Cuban colleagues' work — and frankly, neither could I. We traveled together last month to the Havana Festival of Contemporary Music, for the event's 28th edition.

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Music@Menlo's Castillo Records The Quality of Mercy (San Francisco Classical Voice, 17 Nov 2015)

by Janos Gereben

Patrick Castillo is well-known to Music@Menlo audiences as artistic administrator, publication manager, and popular lecturer for the past decade, but he is also a busy composer, and his new work, The Quality of Mercy, has just been released by Innova Recordings. Castillo is better known around here as an executive and manager at the festival, but otherwise, he has had an important composing career...

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5 Questions to Patrick Castillo (American Composers Forum) (I Care If You Listen, 5 May 2015)

By Arlene & Larry Dunn

Brooklyn-based composer Patrick Castillo is the vice-chair of the board of directors for the American Composers Forum, which has an open call for scores from composers to participate in an artist delegation to the 28th Havana Contemporary Music Festival in November 2015. Castillo attended the Havana festival last year, making him the ideal person to tell us more.

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