“To Hell and Back” Reviewed by San Francisco Chronicle Classical Voice

"To Hell and Back" has a hell of a lot of good music. As the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas McGegan, launched into the work, I sat bolt upright … Heggie’s work punches in the stomach with a brief, intense introduction that you instantly want to hear again. Those opening measures are to be treasured – Bartok meets Gluck, Shostakovich merges with Bernstein – and yet, it’s all distinctively Heggie. Heggie’s synthesis of Bernstein’s Broadway voice, Sondheimesque sprechstimme, smooth harmonic progressions, and gripping orchestration, offers an important contribution to contemporary music.
Nov 07, 2006