- Joshua Kosman in the Chron, quotation corrected ("resourceful and sprawlingly dynamic score," "fitting counterpart [to El Nino]")
- Tim Mangan in San Francisco Classical Voice ("...a rather grueling evening of music....perhaps less would have been more")
- Zachary Woolfe in the NY Times ("big and ambitious, churning but ultimately limp, with moments of beauty among the longeurs")
- Mark Swed in the LA Times, who notes that Adams's 90-minute commission turned into 135. I'm having problems parsing this review, because Swed calls it a masterpiece but doesn't say why.
- Alex Ross does not have a full review yet, but on his blog says "some of the strongest - and also some of the strangest - music of the composer's career."
- Mr. CKDH at All is Yar ("...despite its many charms...ultimately a ponderous, disjointed work that falls apart under its own weight")
- Brian Lauritzen of On the Air ("big and important")
- Robert D. Thomas at Class Act ("very important, stunningly performed")
- Brian at Out West Arts ("After two hearings, I'm still not sure if the piece is utter genius or something decidedly less memorable. But I do feel certain that this is a major step in a new direction for Adams.)
Okay, despite Mark Adamo's generous comments on his blog, the libretto sounds like an eclectic mess. I'm curious about the piece, but considering that I hated El Nino last time it was performed at SFS, maybe I'll give it a pass when it's fully staged next year.