Stephen Dembski's "Spectra," with its dense textures, its phrases uttered in little shudders and its love of high trumpet writing, had very much of Scriabin in it and ... the sensuous, ecstatic quality of late Romanticism.
- Bernard Holland,The New York Times Sunday, April 7, 1985
(Review of recording with Stacked Deck) The name of Stephen Dembski is a new one to me; born in 1949, ... his music ... pleases me in both its unpretentiousness and its straightforward statements of ideas -- statements which are interestingly passed from one to another orchestral voice without being muddled or hidden by musical obiter dicta. ... I do not hesitate to recommend this disc to followers of this country's more adventurous composing.
- John Ditsky, Fanfare - The Magazine for Serious Record Collectors September/October 1986 (Vol. 10, #1)