American Record Guide on Antheil: Ballet Mécanique

...we have a fascinating dichotomy here, a piece composed by a white expatriate American premiered by an all-African-American orchestra in the composer's native land.
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August 1, 2014
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American Record Guide
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This is a real barn-burner of a disc!

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Lynn René Bayley

Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review on Davis: Notes from the Underground

Of all the contemporary jazz artists who have crossed-over to classical orchestral music and other large-scale forms, Anthony Davis is certainly among the most prominent, with multiple compositions, performances and albums going back decades. He also is one of the most original, with a style of his very own. I consider him among a small handful of the very best jazz composers working in classical configurations.

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July 8, 2014
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Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
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Grego Applegate Edwards

Audiophile Audition on Davis: Notes from the Underground

Anthony Davis is, in my opinion, one of America’s greatest and most unique composers. His music comes at you from a number of different, intriguing and artistically important perspectives. As a jazz pianist, himself, Davis often brings a sense of the improvised and the most progressive jazz harmonies and momentum to his work. There are not only direct references to some jazz greats, such as Duke Ellington, in his music; such as the captivating Notes from the Underground, but a sense of jazz orientation in a number of his works.

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May 20, 2014
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Audiophile Audition
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Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project once again prove why they are one of the country’s leading contemporary music ensembles. The performances are outstanding and the recording is wonderful.

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Daniel Coombs

CLOFO on Antheil: Ballet Mécanique

With this audacious release BMOP/sound is the first to give us a modern day hybrid, CD(2)/SACD(2/5.0), recording devoted to one of the most off the wall works ever composed by a twentieth century American. His name was George Antheil (1900-1959, see the newsletter of 8 June 2011), and the piece is his Ballet pour instruments mécaniques et percussion more commonly known as Ballet Mécanique (1925). Written while he was living in Paris, it was to accompany a Dadaist film of the same name, and is by today's standards a sonic happening.

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May 14, 2014
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Classical Lost and Found
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...rest assured this [recording of Ballet Mécanique] from conductor Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project is tops. What's more, their rendition of A Jazz Symphony is by far the best of the few 1925 versions currently available on disc.

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Bob McQuiston

MusicWeb International on Antheil: Ballet Mécanique

This is my first encounter with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and I am mightily impressed. The music on this admittedly brief disc is performed with such verve and evangelical intensity that it makes the visit to George Antheil’s sadly underrated or arguably overrated world supremely worthwhile.

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April 14, 2014
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MusicWeb International
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If Super Audio and a freshly bruising experience is what you seek this BMOP/Sound disc delivers plenty of wallop.

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Dominy Clements

CD Reviews: BMOP plays Babbitt and Antheil (BMOP/Sound), and Chris Wild’s Abhanden (Navona Records)

Snappy new recordings of the music of Milton Babbitt and George Antheil from the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, while cellist Christ Wild’s disc offers a fascinating journey through some richly diverse musical soundscapes.

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April 11, 2014
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The Arts Fuse
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Boston, MA
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Bedlam never sounded as good as it does in the hands of Rose and BMOP.

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Jonathan Blumhofer

A lot of noise plus a sort of rip-off of Rhapsody in Blue, but fun nevertheless.

George Antheil was quite a character in the music of the first half of the last century. He authored a book, Bad Boy of Music, which is still in print. He was at the noisy premiere riot of The Rite of Spring in Paris and reported that he wasn’t a bit concerned for himself because he had a loaded pistol in his pocket. After moving to Hollywood to escape the Nazi, like so many other composers in Europe, he continued his career writing scores for the movies.

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March 12, 2014
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Audiophile Audition
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John Sunier

Critique de George Antheil: Ballet mécanique

Le Boston Modern Orchestra Project et son directeur musical Gil Rose frappent un grand coup avec cet enregistrement de la version originale (1924) du Ballet pour instruments mécaniques et percussion de l’Américain George Antheil pour seize pianos mécaniques (ici, huit Disklavier), huit percussionnistes et deux pianos réguliers (plus sirènes et moteurs d’avion!). Heavy metal avant la lettre, et pas qu’un peu!

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April 1, 2014
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Voir
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Montréal
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Réjean Beaucage

Jacob Druckman: Lamia by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project

This recording by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project captures several of Jacob Druckman (1928-1996)’s later works. While his Lamia, performed here by soprano Lucy Shelton, headlines the disc, the recording is structured as an all-Druckman concert that succeeds with aplomb. Mixing Druckman’s original works with arrangements of baroque pieces by Cavalli and Charpentier, the performance opens with That Quickening Pulse in its rightful place as a concert-opener.

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April 3, 2014
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I Care If You Listen
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Kendra Leonard

BMOP Plays Babbitt

One of the challenges for the reception of music by Milton Babbitt (1916-2011) has been the difficulty the composer encountered in finding performers up to the task of recording his ensemble works with clarity and precision. While one is grateful for those brave souls who first tackled his compositions and recorded them for posterity, All Set, Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s latest recording of his works, fills in some gaps and provides clear sound and well-executed renderings of several of his pieces.

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March 20, 2014
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Musical America Worldwide
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BMOP players can play formidable modernist works, but they can bebop too!

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