Leonard Link reviews Virgil Thomson: Three Pieces

Regular readers of this blog will know that one of my favorite singers is the baritone Thomas Meglioranza. I’m pleased to report a new recording by Mr. Meglioranza of music for baritone and orchestra by Virgil Thomson on the Boston Modern Orchestra Project label. He sings the Five Songs from William Blake and The Feast of Love, and joins with soprano Kristen Watson in Collected Poems, a witty setting of words and phrases by Kenneth Koch.

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October 24, 2010
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Leonard Link
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Well worth the investment to learn more about an under-appreciated mid-20th-century American composer.

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Lisa Bielawa: In Media Res

The wealth of beautiful and inventive music on this double CD is the outgrowth of a three-year residency by composer Lisa Bielawa with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. It’s a wonderful document, not only for the works included, but for the portrait it offers of a rewarding artistic collaboration.

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January 9, 2011
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The San Francisco Chronicle
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A wealth of beautiful and inventive music.

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Joshua Kosman

Fanfare reviews Lisa Bielawa: In Media Res

The more new music I review, the more I am amazed by how much good music there actually is (yes, and bad). Lisa Bielawa has the phenomenal orchestral chops to warrant a two-CD set, including one full CD of music performed by the notable Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Bielawa’s ability to write for full orchestra alone is admirable, but this composer is gifted with much more than technical competency – and she’s accessible without being trite, fun without being light, serious without being dull.

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January 1, 2011
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Fanfare
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Some of the best orchestral sound I've heard.

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David Wolman

Jeremy Eichler's top classical albums of 2010

The artistic fruits of Lisa Bielawa’s recent tenure as BMOP’s composer-in-residence are beautifully presented on this two-disc set, including her Double Violin Concerto and her Concerto for Orchestra, both of which place her hauntingly lyrical yet restlessly inventive compositional voice on full display.

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December 19, 2010
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The Boston Globe
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Beautifully presented.

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Jeremy Eichler
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Globe Staff

Literary triumph in CD form

What composer and vocalist Lisa Bielawa does with text might be considered the exact opposite job of a music critic. Instead of putting music into words, she turns words into music — not just setting them for songs, but using them as the jumping-off point for much of what she does.

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November 12, 2010
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The Star-Ledger
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The music often sounds as if it might have come out of a film score — not splashy blockbuster schmaltz, but something startlingly, viscerally evocative.

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Ronni Reich

Audiophile Audition reviews Lisa Bielawa: In Media Res

Contemporary American composer Lisa Bielawa (b.1968) majored in literature at Yale University and her love for the written word is one source of inspiration for her music. She values her relationships with the musicians she works with, and many of the compositions on this disc are dedicated to the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), where she completed a three year residency project in 2009. She tours with the Phillip Glass Ensemble and is the winner of the 2009 Rome Prize.

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September 1, 2010
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Audiophile Audition
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Those interested in contemporary music at its most creative will revel in these CDs.

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Robert Moon

Sounds heard: Lisa Bielawa – In medias res

Boston Modern Orchestra Project has long been forging ties with contemporary composers and developing new audiences for modern music in the concert hall and beyond. Every season since 2000 BMOP has hosted a composer-in-residence and in 2008 it launched house record label BMOP/sound, focusing on new and otherwise unrecorded orchestral works. For three years beginning with the 2006-07 season, composer Lisa Bielawa served as the BMOP resident composer, and her BMOP/sound CD In Medias Res draws a map through her time working with the musicians of this group.

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August 31, 2010
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NewMusicBox
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This beautifully recorded and packaged CD set is an important addition to any collection of major 21st-century works.

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Alexandra Gardner

Composer-vocalist Lisa Bielawa's solo and orchestral music on 2-cd set

Composer-vocalist Lisa Bielawa’s solo and orchestral music will be released as a 2-CD set entitled In medias res by BMOP/sound in June 2010. Performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), conducted by Artistic Director Gil Rose, the first disc, an SACD, includes four orchestral works: Roam (2001); Double Violin Concerto (2008) featuring violinist/vocalist Carla Kihlstedt and violinist Colin Jacobsen; unfinish’d, sent (2000) featuring the composer as soprano soloist; and In medias res, Concerto for Orchestra(2009).

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June 6, 2010
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Interchanging Idioms
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While I was writing In medias res, I remember looking at the enormous staff paper on my piano and seeing not instrument families on the page, but actual people.

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Chip Michael

American Record Guide reviews Lisa Bielawa: In Media Res

Prix de Rome recipient Lisa Bielawa (b. 1968, daughter of composer Herbert) has recently been composer in residence with Gil Rose’s Boston Modern Orchestra Project (2006-09). Ms. Bielawa (brought up in San Francisco but now living in Manhattan) is a Yale graduate, but her degrees are in literature and critical studies; she is also a performing soprano, making for an interesting and quite striking list of accomplishments. This collection documents the product of the three Boston seasons and includes some earlier music.

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November 1, 2010
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American Record Guide
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These clever little studies would make attractive encore pieces. Some are particularly memorable...though all show great skill and abundant personality.

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Allen Gimbel

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