The piece was written for Chris Grymes, who inspired its spirit when he told Gill he had a dream about a clarinetist who refused to play anything that was not written in C major. Gill seems to have taken the opposite tack harmonically, luxuriating in polychromatic language. He does, however, retain the dreamy and at times nightmarish sense suggested by Grymes, with music of great energy and wit.
– Broad Street Review, 20 August 2018
…compellingly active and varied…
– Gramophone, April 2018
Gill dissolves limitations of time, space, and consciousness in seductive, dreamlike flights of fancy.
– HRAudio.net, March 2018
…amazing virtuosity and lyricism played against a large and lucid orchestral fabric.
– New Music Buff, 10 January 2018
His Notturno Concertante…is very fine, featuring a broad, episodic structure, Gill’s keen sense for timbral blending, and perhaps most significantly, a brilliantly colorful virtuoso solo part. Grymes, who played the music from memory, delivered a swaggeringly bravura performance that brought much of the audience to its feet.
– Peter Burwasser (Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia), 3 June 2015
Those are the bookends Maestro Stuart Malina selected to embrace the world premiere of the evening’s other treasure, a wonderfully intricate new clarinet concerto by Central Pennsylvania native and current Boston resident Jeremy Gill, who attended Saturday night’s opening performance at The Forum in downtown Harrisburg…[clarinetist Chris] Grymes demonstrated superlative skill throughout this new work, which built to a swirling finale reminiscent of Ravel…Malina welcomed Gill to the stage following the performance, where he joined Grymes for an extended ovation.
– The Sentinel, 10 November 2014
Then came the world premiere of Notturno Concertante by Harrisburg’s own Jeremy Gill, a spellbinding work with more charms than The Forum ceiling has stars.
– The Harrisburg Patriot-News, 9 November 2014