"Full marks for everything! The concerto is great and passes all tests, being listenable, playable and musically valid. The playing on the CD is stunning, too, both from soloists and orchestra. Bravo! Bravissimo!!"
Letter from John D. Elliot, Professional Tubist, London, England; 1998
"I thoroughly enjoyed the CD. Indeed the ASU Orchestra played over their head for this one! And Sam- well, like always, - fabulous."
Doug Klein, Tuba Instructor, University of Arizona, Tucson Symphony: 1998
Rating Five Stars for Last Twelve Months; 92% Positive out of 55,602 Ratings!
"Greatest Tuba Concerto Yet .... A Must Own For All Musicians!" A customer and tubist
by Anthony E. LaBelle; Superior, Wisconsin:
I can't even begin to describe the incredible power and emotion in this tuba concerto. Not since I first heard the Jager Concerto for Bass Tuba have I been so excited by a work of music for this instrument. One of the few large solo works written for CC Tuba, and done masterfully! All the other reviews are dead on, the tuba concerto is by far one of the greatest works for this instrument yet, and in time is sure to become a standard of writing for our contrabass instrument. I sincerely hope that composers in the future use this as a model for the writing of tuba concerti, then we can be assured that our library of repertoire will only get better. I can honestly say that this is the only work for solo tuba and orchestra that I have not a single complaint for. The performance by both Sam Pilafian and the orchestra are both phenomenal. Don't let the fact that it's a university Orchestra turn you off of the recording; their musicianship rivals that of any large name orchestras in the world. The only negative point is that I am only allotted 1000 words to write this review. In one word, though: EXCELLENT!
"Composition For The Gods"
by Joy Giguere; Brunswick, Maine:
You would never think that you could have a tuba concerto stuck in your head for days, humming movement by movement. This is the effect of Eugene Anderson and his Tuba Concerto in Bm. As a college tubist, after listening to this recording over and over again, this is the first concerto I want to learn. I think it will be the same for most other tubists who listen to this CD, and non-tubists will want to pick up that twenty pounds of brass."
"Gene & Sam At Their Best"
by "A Customer"
There are very few tuba concertos written for Contrabass CC tuba and this one definitely fits the bill. Rather than make me fall asleep with all sorts of violinesque acrobatics, this concerto demonstrates the huge sonic and resonant qualities that contrabass tubas are capable of. I hope other composers of tuba literature follow Mr. Anderson's lead.
"The End Of The World" The Perception of War
by "A Customer"
Sam is a top notch tubist and will continue to be one
In this orchestral work Anderson draws you into the emotion of the endtime as man continues to destroy ourselves. This recording is great and I hope Mr. Anderson can write more moving pieces as this one.
THE APACHE JUNCTION NEWS, August 2, 1999:
APACHE JUNCTION COMPOSER HONORED: WORLD YOUTH SYMPHONY TO PLAY EUGENE ANDERSON’S 'PERCEPTION OF WAR’ JULY 30:
The World Youth Symphony will play an orchestral composition of local composer Eugene Anderson on July 30 at the National Music Camp at lnterlochen, Michigan. The piece being performed is "The Perception of War” about the final war of the world, music for the millennium. This thirteen-minute composition was recorded on d’Note records in 1997 and released nationwide in 1998. The composition was also entered into the Grammy category of best new composition for orchestra in1999. The 150 member World Youth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Timothy Russell will perform in the 5000 seat auditorium at Interlochen which hosts a year-round fine arts high school and an eight week summer music camp which registers 4000 students and 500 distinguished faculty each summer. Ten of Mr. Anderson’s brass compositions were just added to the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition list. This list is used in 18 other states. In addition, these pieces were recently listed on the State of New York's solo ensemble competition list, used in 20 eastern states. Southern Music . Company of San Antonio has agreed to be the national distributor of l\/Ir. Anderson’s works through music stores nationwide.
Mr. Anderson's CD titled "PERCEPTION" features renowned tuba soloist Sam Pilafian of ASU and has received rave reviews and garnered a signed endorsement of Arnold Jacobs, principal tuba with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 44 years. This letter is prized because it is the only signed letter by Mr. Jacobs who died suddenly in Chicago at 83, after a fabulous 56-year playing career. Arnold Jacobs was considered the world's leading authority on teaching brass instruments. The CD is available at Border’s, Tower Records and other fine music stores. Mr. Anderson is currently composing his first full-length Broadway—type musical, THE WAGER, for a premiere in 2001.
PERCEPTION .... IN REVIEW by Robin Barker, Senior Editor, The Apache Junction News, July 1998:
"The CD title is taken from the first cut on the disc. During the 13 minutes of THE PERCEPTION OF WAR, a hauntingly melancholy melody with an increasing sense of urgency seems to do battle with the booming voice of doom. The listener can hear the battles fought and lives lost until doom wins in a terrifying soft finale as earth ceases to exist."
CD REVIEW BY THE AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, October 1998:
"THE PERCEPTION OF WAR is an impressive tone poem that has good thematic ideas and development, harmonic freedom, with tonal anchors, and big moments that sound like THE PLANETS” - by Gustav Holst.