This setting from Jeremiah’s Book of Lamentations is an unusual concept. Canadian composer Peter-Anthony Togni has written a five-movement concerto fro bass clarinettist Jeff Reilly in which the clarinet is surrounded by atmospheric choral sounds. The clarinet becomes the voice of Jeremiah while the choir provides the crowd scenes. … The improvisatory, virtuosic performance of Jett Reilly is outstanding – he makes the instrument speak – which in no way diminishes the vital contribution of this fine group of singers and soloist.
Shirley Ratcliffe, Choir & Organ
Under Jeff Reilly’s virtuosic control, the bass clarinet possesses an aloof, almost mystical timbre … aptly representing the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah’s lamentations in this piece by Peter-Anthony Togni. It blends sacred choral music, classical concerto from and jazz improvisation, with the bass clarinet furnishing the emotional colour for the Elmer Iseler Singers’ measured delivery of the scriptural texts.
Andy Gill, The Independent
Of all the recorded offerings for Holy Week, this is by some measure the most original and affecting that has come my way. Beneath a mixed chorus, Togni bravely inscribes a bass clarinet as his only instrumentation. It is a brilliant decision. The lower registers conjure some of the tropes of Arabic music, while the higher wails hint at klezmer playfulness. The virtuoso clarinettist Jeff Reilly extends his cadenzas across the history of sound, from monotony to modernism, in a performance that is dominant and often hypnotic.