Gramophone reviews Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant

Exuberant performances of irrepressibly melodic, profoundly delightful music

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May 1, 2009
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Gramophone
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These exuberant and expressive performances provide yet another instance of Rose's technical command and superb musicianship. Strongly recommended.

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Andrew Farach-Colton

CLOFO reviews Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant

RECOMMENDED

The music of American composer Michael Gandolfi (b. 1956) is the subject of another winning release from BMOP/sound (see the newsletter of 15 April 2008). Many will remember this composer for his large, extended orchestral work The Garden of Cosmic Speculation released last year, but here we have three of his smaller-scale pieces. If anything, they show he can do even more with less, and is a master colorist in the best sense of the term.

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May 30, 2008
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Classical Lost and Found
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All of the performers must be in top form to bring it off successfully. Not only that, but scores as involved and complicated as these require a circumspect conductor to hold things together.

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Bob McQuiston

Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant CD review

[5/5 stars]

This is a wonderful collection of pieces. Although all 3 pieces are unique, they compliment each other well musically and thematically. A set of music that provides a welcome hour of enjoyment. Overall the CD has a variety of styles that each work for the individual pieces.

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May 30, 2008
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Amazon
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Kudos to Gil Rose and BMOP/sound for recording and producing this CD. With this CD, they continue to fulfill their mission of presenting and capturing contemporary music.

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BobH

CD picks of the week: Y2K Compliant

Classical compositions about technology can often be dry, rather charm-less affairs. But the Boston composer Michael Gandolfi has written a piece about computers that’s full of bright, quirky sonorities and bustling rhythms. It’s called Y2K Compliant, and, as the title implies, it’s a satirical response to all the doomsday predictions of the Y2K bug back in 1999. The piece was premiered in 2000 and it’s now just out on a CD by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

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May 5, 2008
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WNYC
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The piece was premiered in 2000 and it’s now just out on a CD by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

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Brian Wise

MUSO reviews Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant

The Y2K doomsday scenario and all its associated satire had grown tiresome long before 1999 was up. Neverthless, this hasn’t stopped composer Michael Gandolfi revisiting the topic with his latest release Y2K Compliant.

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June 1, 2008
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MUSO
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Performed by BMOP and conducted by Gil Rose, the eponymous piece is a surprisingly upbeat fusion of paired woodwinds, horns, and strings.

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Attila Keller

Fanfare reviews Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant

Michael Gandolfi (b. 1956) is based in Boston, and has close ties, as both a former student and current faculty member, with the New England Conservatory and Tanglewood. This disc is a good introduction to his work, not only because it’s of high quality, but also because it shows the distinct development of his voice.

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November 1, 2008
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Fanfare
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This disc is a good introduction to Gandolfi's work, not only because it's of high quality, but also because it shows the distinct development of his voice.

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Robert Carl

La Folia reviews John Harbison: Ulysses

As a grand ballet, Harbison’s immense Ulysses is something of an enigma and an anachronism: The composer fills 80 minutes absent a hope for choreography with a lissome program and vocabulary that recall music of a less dissonant era. There’s even an ondes Martenot—for Circe of course. We detect throughout sly touches and eloquence the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) handles with aplomb. BMOP appears to have assumed the mantle once held by the Louisville Orchestra, shepherding and recording a swath of modern, if not quite modernist, music.

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January 1, 2009
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La Folia
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BMOP appears to have assumed the mantle once held by the Louisville Orchestra, shepherding and recording a swath of modern, if not quite modernist, music.

ClassicalCDReview reviews John Harbison: Ulysses

A Neo-Romantic smash. John Harbison has always commanded the respect of his fellow composers, although the public at large, I think, has yet to tumble to him. He has written music in every genre, including a few operas, concerti, sonatas, religious choral works, oratorio, and string quartets. He studied with Piston, Sessions, Kim, Blacher, and Dallapiccola, among others, and ended up going his own way. He has received the MacArthur “genius” award.

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July 1, 2008
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ClassicalCDReview
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Gil Rose and BMOP do a fabulous job, with first-rate playing and a wonderful pace. The ballet runs close to an hour-and-a-half, and yet it never bores you, due not only to Harbison but to Rose.

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S.G.S.

Wagnerian leitmotifs meet Stravinskyian ostinati in Ulysses

It’s hard to believe that Pulitzer prizewinning composer John Harbison, who turns seventy this year, composed a full length ballet nearly a quarter of a century ago and it has yet to be staged. Ulysses (1984/rev, 2003), has been played piecemeal by various orchestras over the years; Andre Previn and the Pittsburgh Symphony recorded its second act, “Ulysses’ Bow,” for Nonesuch; but it wasn’t until 2003 that an orchestra performed the work in its entirety.

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June 11, 2008
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Sequenza21
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While this recording whets ones appetite for a staging of the full work, Harbison couldn't wish for better advocates or interpreters of Ulysses than Rose and the BMOP; an excellent recording.

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Christian Carey

John Harbison: Ulysses CD review

Four out of five stars

John Harbison’s Ulysses has been a long delayed release, but, anxiously awaited, it was composed in 1983 and is also the inaugural release from the new music recording label BMOP/sound. Indeed it is a wonderful first CD by the new label.

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June 2, 2008
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Amazon
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A complete and well developed package, a topnotch product by BMOP/sound and Gil Rose. I am happy to own and recommend this CD.

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BobH

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