WQXR names Paul Moravec: Northern Lights Electric the Q2 Album of the Week

Northern Lights Electric, the title track on the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's 24th(!) self-released recording in five years, demonstrates just how finely matched the Project is to the album's star composer, Paul Moravec. The polished sort of pleaser that could effortlessly raise the curtain on a subscription concert, this is a symphonic poem for people who love symphonic poems.

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January 7, 2013
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WQXR
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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The picture that BMOP is rapidly piecing together, with the release of each new recording, is starting to look like the single most important discography in contemporary American orchestral music.

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Daniel Stephen Johnson

WQXR previews Paul Moravec: Northern Lights Electric

An album of orchestral works by Pulitzer-winning composer Paul Moravec, "Northen Lights Electric" was recently released on Boston Modern Orchestra’s house label, BMOP Sound. From the sparkling energy of the title track to the luscious cello concerto Montserrat, performed by Matt Haimovitz, Moravec’s music is full of cinematic sweep without predictability or sentimentality.

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January 7, 2013
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WQXR
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Boston, MA
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Moravec’s music is full of cinematic sweep without predictability or sentimentality.

American Record Guide reviews Anthony Paul De Ritis: Devolution

Anthony Paul De Ritis is chairman of the composition department at Northeastern University in Boston. He studied with Richard Felciano and Jorge Liderman and over the summers worked with Spectralist Tristan Murail at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau near Paris. Other significant professors included William Duckworth and Kyle Gann as an undergraduate at Bucknell University, where he also had a concentration in business administration; and he has a Masters in electronic music from Ohio University.

Media Date 
November 1, 2012
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American Record Guide
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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The work is both angular and static, with a background of "tau" harmonies and clear, almost tonal root progression typical of the Spectralist style.

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Gimbel

Anthony Paul De Ritis: Devolution press quotes

"The mixture of influences, references and textures is both blindingly apparent and blindingly gorgeous." – WQXR Radio

"…enterprising…" – Gramophone Magazine

"I should think that any lover of new music would really like this and most people would at least be transfixed by the creativity…orchestration is lush…wholly engaging…" –
Audiophile Audition

"The performance, under the direction of Gil Rose, is a blast, hitting the score's marks with a kind of joyfully volatile precision." – New Music Box

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October 25, 2012
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Boston, MA
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The performance, under the direction of Gil Rose, is a blast, hitting the score's marks with a kind of joyfully volatile precision.

Gramophone Magazine reviews Anthony Paul DeRitis: Devolution

The three works on this enterprising release showcase a genuinely American composer, Anthony Paul De Ritis, professor and chair of the music department at Northeastern University in Boston, whose music lies rooted in its determination to meld science with humanity. To do so, De Ritis draws on the resources of his acoustic-electronic laboratory and applies them with a healthy enthusiasm for engaging tunes and harmonies, lively beat and a love of Technicolor.

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October 1, 2012
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Gramophone Magazine
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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De Ritis draws on the resources of his acoustic-electronic laboratory and applies them with a healthy enthusiasm for engaging tunes and harmonies, lively beat and a love of Technicolor.

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Laurence Vittes

Sounds Heard: Anthony Paul De Ritis—Devolution

Questions of "real" or "fake" are dialectically put aside on the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's new recording of music by Anthony De Ritis, music in which, in a way, everything is real and fake all at the same time. Or, more precisely: this is music which is constantly, enthusiastically directing your attention to the materials out of which it’s fashioned. The manufactured nature of music, which the classical music tradition tries to misdirect away with notions of transcendence and sublimity, is here part of the whole point.

Media Date 
August 14, 2012
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NewMusicBox
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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The performance, under the direction of Gil Rose, is a blast, hitting the score's marks with a kind of joyfully volatile precision.

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Matthew Guerrieri

New Music Box Mixtape featuring Anthony Paul De Ritis: Devolution

Sometimes when a theme presents itself, the best action is to run with it! This edition of the NewMusicBox Mix consists almost entirely of music for string instruments. Directly below you will find a link to download a folder containing the eight tracks of the mix. In addition, each track is streamed separately on this page, with information about the recordings and purchasing links to encourage further exploration and continued listening.

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August 7, 2012
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New Music Box
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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This edition of the NewMusicBox Mix consists almost entirely of music for string instruments.

Audiophile Audition reviews Anthony Paul DeRitis: Devolution

Anthony Paul De Ritis is the chair of the Department of Music and Multimedia Studies at Northeastern University. I have heard good things about De Ritis’s music and its reliance on an eclectic, crossover combination of sound sources as well his skill at writing captivating music that unfolds in real time. De Ritis had studied with Kyle Gann, with whom I am familiar and also philosophy with Richard Fleming. De Ritis is, clearly, a bit of a visionary, himself and I find all three of these pieces new, refreshing and fascinating to listen to.

Media Date 
July 31, 2012
Media Source 
Audiophile Audition
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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There is almost no way to describe this music; it must be heard. Orchestra, live electronics and sampled environmental sounds at times fight for dominance and blend together.

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Daniel Coombs

Fanfare reviews Alan Hovhaness: Exile Symphony

Back when I was a teenager, I was obsessed with the music of Alan Hovhaness, and was also uninhibited to an extent that is a bit embarrassing in retrospect. During that period, after attending a concert of the New York Philharmonic, I forced my way back to Leonard Bernstein’s dressing room, and asked him whether he ever intended to perform anything by Hovhaness.

Media Date 
June 7, 2012
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Fanfare
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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The performances are carefully shaped, with much attention to intonation, balance, and nuances of phrasing.

Media Contact Name 
Walter Simmons

The Evolution Apparent in Anthony Paul De Ritis's 'Devolution'

Listening to Anthony Paul De Ritis's Devolution is somewhat akin to watching a Tarsem film: The mixture of influences, references and textures is both blindingly apparent and blindingly gorgeous.

Media Date 
June 11, 2012
Media Source 
WQXR
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Q2 Album of the Week

Media Contact Name 
Olivia Giovetti

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