Britten in Cincinnati
“Hurd displayed a nice lyric sound.”
American Record Guide
Praise for Barber in Buffalo
"Barber’s song for “medium voice” and string quartet featured a fine performance from baritone Alexander Hurd."
The Buffalo News
Raves for Britten in Cincinnati
“Let the dreadful engines” was sung with a pealing voice by Hurd, who ended with a delightful misogynistic tirade.
Music in Cincinnati
Musto Disc Recommended by Buffalo's ArtVoice
Baritone Alexander Hurd is best known for his carefully designed, thoughtfully nuanced programs of German lieder. His latest CD, Shadow of the Blues (Centaur), features songs by the contemporary American composer John Musto. Though best known for his work as an opera composer—a CD of Volpone was a Grammy award nominee this year—Musto’s extensive songbook ranges from the quiet intensity of the title group of songs, based on poems by Langston Hughes, to the risqué sensibilities of San Jose Symphony Reception, based on a poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The subtlety changing vocal styles of Musto are well-served by the lyrical baritone voice of Hurd, a faculty member at UB.

Performers Revel in Premiere of Tyberg Songs
April, 2010 Review of Tyberg's Heine Liederzyklus.
"Both Hurd and Arnold threw themselves wholeheartedly into the spirit of Heine’s texts, singing with spontaneous response to turns in the text, plus nicely centered projection and control that responded instantly to the need for quick dramatic flair or sudden retreat into hushed confidentiality."
The Buffalo News
Buffalo Chamber Players
“The Respighi song [Il Tramonto] is a really good thing to hear, especially when delivered as skillfully as it was by baritone Alexander Hurd.”
The Buffalo News, May 29, 2008
MusicNow: Ligeti's Nouvelles aventures
“The spell of darker meditations was broken by the late Hungarian-born Gyorgy Ligeti's “Nouvelles aventures” of 1962-65, at once a hilarious celebration and a studied dissection of 1960s musical counterculture. Tony Arnold, Julia Bentley and Alexander Hurd were the superb chanters, shriekers and shouters of nonsense syllables.”
Chicago Sun-Times, April 25, 2007
More Ligeti....
“The phrase 'theater of the absurd' could have been coined for this venerable '60s landmark. Ligeti treats the three voices not as agents of an intelligible text or plot, but as percussion instruments given human form, freed from their accustomed lyrical duties. The assorted yelps, whispers, buzzes and screams were dispatched with calculated abandon by Tony Arnold, Julia Bentley and Alexander Hurd.”
Chicago Tribune, April 25, 2007
Joy In Singing Debut Recital, March 2006
“clearly gifted with intelligence and musicality”
“[He is] a singer who produces a pleasing and focused sound.”
The New York Concert Review, Fall 2006
Philip Glass: Songs of Milarepa
“Hurd did a fine job of singing and acting out the text to Glass's song cycle “Songs of Milarepa,” giving a face to the lyrics.”
The Buffalo News, September 19, 2006
Wolf Spanish Songs
“Stravinsky's austere 1968 orchestral settings of two lieder by Hugo Wolf were sung with shining tone and dramatic conviction by baritone Alexander Hurd.”
Music and Vision, August, 2005
Lieder Recital
“For all 90 minutes of baritone Alexander Hurd's faculty recital in Slee Hall, not a single note was noticeably missed, not a word was forgotten, and not a single unpleasant sound was made. If his teaching skills are anything like his magnificent performing, students here at UB will have much to gain from Hurd.”
The University at Buffalo Spectrum, February 21, 2005

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Ravel: Histoires naturelles
Schubert: Auf dem See, D 543/Op. 92 no 2
Schumann: Lieder (5), Op. 40
Wolf: Mörike Lieder
Eisler: Hollywood Songbook
Dennis: Peaceable Kingdom
Musto: The Old Gray Couple
Musto: River Songs
Musto: Canzonettas
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