American Record Guide reviews Andrew Norman: Play

Andrew Norman (b. 1979) studied at USC, where he currently teaches, and then at Yale. He lives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, traditionally the most dangerous part of the city (I guess it's been gentrified by now). He has been a contributor to New York's Bang On a Can group as well. The combination of those locales tells a great deal about Mr Norman's work, for which he was a recent Pulitzer Prize finalist.

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May 1, 2015
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American Record Guide
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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It is highly effective and quite expressive, and thoroughly American.

American Record Guide reviews Elena Ruehr: O'Keeffe Images

Elena Ruehr studied with Persichetti at Julliard and Bolcom at the University of Michigan. These are all her works for orchestra.

Shimmer (1995), for strings, moves in harmonically static blocks of diatonic counterpoint. It is a glowing (shimmering) dance with grace and a folk-like feel, elegant and Coplandesque, with a dash for minimalism for flavor.

Media Date 
May 1, 2015
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American Record Guide
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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The music is consistently lyrical and devoid of imposing dramatics.

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Gimbel

Gramophone reviews Elena Ruehr: O'Keeffe Images

The title of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's superb disc of music by Elena Ruehr is 'O'Keeffe Images', which refers to her triptych of works inspired by paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe. They are wondrous pieces, abounding in sonorous awe, grandeur and imagination, as befits the images that stimulated the American composer. A similar sense of urgent brilliance pervades the three Ruehr works preceding the O'Keeffe collection.

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May 1, 2015
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Gramophone
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Gil Rose conducts the BMOP in richly detailed and vivid performances.

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Donald Rosenberg

Commentary/CD Reviews: Recent Symphonic Recordings From Boston Orchestras

"Curious, isn’t it, that the last really great symphony…was Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, date 1945, exactly coincident with the end of World War Two? It is as though that apocalyptic bomb had demolished not only Hiroshima but, as a side effect, the whole tonal symphonic concept as well.

And so for the last thirty years we have had no real symphonic history."

Media Date 
May 19, 2015
Media Source 
The Arts Fuse
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Rose and the ensemble have produced a series of terrific albums over the last few years. As far as I’m concerned, this one is their finest yet.

Media Contact Name 
Jonathan Blumhofer

Classical Playlist: Tchaikovsky, Leonard Bernstein and More

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Irving Fine, Complete Orchestral Works
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose, conductor
BMOP Sound 1041

Media Date 
April 15, 2015
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The New York Times
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Most important, though, is this arresting account of Fine’s Symphony

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Anthony Tommasini

Audiophile Audition reviews Elena Ruehr: O'Keeffe Images

When Elena Ruehr (b. 1963) received her musical education (University of Michigan and The Juilliard School) in the late 1980s, melody wasn’t even considered as a part of modern music theory classes. Fortunately, one of her teachers—George Balch Wilson—recognized her gift for it. Now she sees melody as “the most complex and human of musical experiences.” Raised in a family of amateur musicians (her mother sang folk music and early jazz standards), she learned the piano at age five. Her passion as a dancer infuses her music with a distinctive rhythmic pulse.

Media Date 
April 17, 2015
Media Source 
Audiophile Audition
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Performances and sound are superb.

Media Contact Name 
Robert Moon

Voir reviews Andrew Norman: Play

I have already mentioned a few times here of the extraordinary work of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and its leader Gil Rose and its label (41 discs since 2008!). This time, it offers us the music of Andrew Norman, an explosive composer in his mid-thirties, which was developed during a two-year residency with the orchestra. The 46-minute Play explores brilliantly the possible modes of play of the orchestra, playing the musicians either together or against each other, for example.

Media Date 
April 16, 2015
Media Source 
Voir
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Discover this! Four stars

Media Contact Name 
Rejean Beaucage

Sounds Heard: The Things We Did (This) Summer

Spratlan’s musical version of A Summer’s Day (2008), commissioned and premiered by BMOP, has the instant nostalgia of a strongly evoked, specific time and place. His “Pre-Dawn Nightmare” includes fragments of the theme song to The Sopranos; “At the Computer” evokes the sounds of an already-obsolete desktop machine. And the connective tissue of the piece, the folk-like tune presented at the outset (“Hymn to the Summer Solstice”), is a memory of summer romanticized into an abstraction.

Media Date 
August 5, 2014
Media Source 
NewMusic Box
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Three very different pieces, but all engaged in a rich dance between the memory of something, the actuality of the thing being remembered, and the persistent present that the memory can’t quite mask.

Media Contact Name 
Matthew Guerrieri

The Boston Globe reviews Andrew Norman: Play

“Play,” which the Boston Modern Orchestra Project commissioned from the fast-rising composer Andrew Norman in 2013, is being talked about as the most important long orchestral work of the 21st century. That kind of hype can often be misleading, but in this case it’s quite likely accurate. The 45-minute, three-movement work, which encompasses various meanings of play — some lighthearted, some sinister — begins in an almost spastic fit of energy; musical ideas ricochet off one another furiously, almost too quickly.

Media Date 
March 15, 2015
Media Source 
The Boston Globe
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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It’s “Play,” in a brashly confident performance by BMOP and Gil Rose, that most clearly points up Norman’s staggering imagination and talent.

Media Contact Name 
David Weininger
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Globe Correspondent

Audiophile Audition reviews Irving Fine: Complete Orchestral Works

This disc is a most welcome retrospective of American composer Irving Fine, who died in 1962. Fine was a member of the so-called “Boston Six” or “Boston School.” Other members of the Boston School included Arthur Berger, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss, and Harold Shapero.

Media Date 
March 25, 2015
Media Source 
Audiophile Audition
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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It’s wonderful to have this excellent program of Fine’s works. They are superbly played and professionally recorded.

Media Contact Name 
Mel Martin

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