MusicWeb International reviews Alan Hovhaness: Exile Symphony

One doubts that the world will ever wholly manage to come to terms with the music of Hovhaness. The sheer volume of his output – over five hundred works including seven operas and sixty-seven symphonies, and that excludes his music before 1940 much of which was destroyed by the composer – rivals the prolixity of seventeenth century composers such as Bach or Vivaldi.

Media Date 
May 31, 2012
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MusicWeb International
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Rose's performance of the symphony, giving the music all the time it needs to breathe, is really something that it would have been a shame to miss.

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Paul Corfield Godfrey

Audiophile Audition reviews Eric Moe: Kick & Ride

Composer, pianist, teacher Eric Moe is a busy man. Not only does he compose, quite often on commission; teach composition and theory at the University of Pittsburgh; and occasionally lend his keyboard talent to the cause of other composers, he is also codirector of the Music on the Edge, a new-music series that brings many of the leading lights of contemporary music to the city.

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May 23, 2012
Media Source 
Audiophile Audition
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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I hope they keep exploring composers with a unique voice and something new to say, which sums up my reaction to the music of Eric Moe.

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Lee Passarella

Sounds Heard: Eric Moe: Kick and Ride

Kick & Ride proves an apt title for composer Eric Moe's recent BMOP Sound release, highlighting his use of drum set and percussion throughout the three compositions represented. The high energy works, characterized by Moe in the liner notes as "cantankerous sisters," indeed deliver shots of dramatic flair and suspenseful anxiety that could nearly persuade a listener to skip that all-important morning cup of coffee.

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March 20, 2012
Media Source 
NewMusicBox
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Alexandra Gardner

Audiophile Audition reviews Alan Hovhaness: Exile Symphony

When a composer has written well over 500 works, one can assume that there will be some unevenness in his production. Despite the fact that a number of Alan Hovhaness's pieces have entered the standard repertoire and that recording projects turn up interesting, little-heard music by the composer on a regular basis, Hovhaness's production is indeed uneven. Remarkably, those 500 works are just the tip of the musical iceberg.

Media Date 
February 17, 2012
Media Source 
Audiophile Audition
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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For Hovhaness enthusiasts and for those curious about the earlier works in his canon, this is an enterprise worth exploring.

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Lee Passarella

Q2 Music Album of the Week - Eric Moe: Kick & Ride

Warning: Consuming Kick & Ride (the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's newest recording that features three drum-heavy works by Eric Moe) while in anything even hinting at a bad mood could lead to broken mugs at Starbucks, holes in apartment walls or shoving matches on a downtown 6 train platform.

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February 11, 2012
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WQXR
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Boston, MA
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At times primal and ritualistic and others sophisticated and smoky, this unbridled trio will fuel whatever flames you're currently fanning.

MusicWeb reviews Alan Hovhaness: Exile Symphony

For a composer known of because of his 67 symphonies and seven operas this disc presents Hovhaness the miniaturist.

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January 20, 2012
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MusicWeb
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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The young 22 year old composer announces himself with a flowingly lyrical and then twinkling and sentimental bipartite work.

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Rob Barnett

Classical CD Review Reviews Alan Hovhaness: Exile Symphony

Imagined Armenias. Undoubtedly, Alan Hovhaness stands as an American original. He has taken from very few. He sounds like nobody else. You can tell a Hovhaness work within a few seconds. Others have even made use of his innovations without, of course, his unique poetry or giving him any credit at all. Hovhaness composed music easily -- like writing a letter, as he put it. Forget Mozart and the Marriage of Figaro overture. Hovhaness, dissatisfied with a symphony in rehearsal, did turn out an entirely new movement in a night.

Media Date 
December 29, 2011
Media Source 
Classical CD Review
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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The performances are excellent. I really like this BMOP series.

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S.G.S.

Stereophile reviews Lisa Bielawa: In Medias Res

Lisa Bielawa is a major new voice in music, and this two-disc set contains some of the most blindingly beautiful and original works I have heard in a while. Time Out New York describes Bielawa as possessing a “prodigious gift for mingling persuasive melodicism with organic experimentation,” and that well captures my feelings. Her In medias res (Concerto for Orchestra) combines traditional harmonies with shifting tonalities.

Media Date 
April 1, 2011
Media Source 
Stereophile
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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It all suggests that there is no limit to Bielawa’s imagination.

Media Contact Name 
Kalman Rubinson

BBC Music Magazine reviews Virgil Thomson: Three Pictures

The plain speaking of the ‘Parisian Midwesterner’ Virgil Thomson sounds out strikingly in this cleverly planned programme. A Solemn Music, originally written for winds in memory of Thomson’s friend and collaborator Gertrude Stein, is sombre and fierce, a good foil for its later companion-piece A Joyful Fugue. The Three Pictures for Orchestra are a fascinating attempt to create objective rather than impressionistic musical landscapes: the last, ‘Sea Piece with Birds’, ends with a terrific climax of squawking gulls.

Media Date 
November 23, 2010
Media Source 
BBC Music Magazine
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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Performance: five stars. Recording: five stars.

Kafka, Kihlstedt, Concerto

One year after marveling at Lisa Bielawa’s Kafka Songs at the Other Minds festival—almost in time for the next Other Minds festival, actually—I’m finally realizing that Kafka Songs has been available on CD for years. Call me slow.

Bielawa more recently worked with Kihlstedt and violinist Colin Jacobsen on a double violin concerto, performed with Colin Jacobsen. On this piece, as on Kafka Songs, Kihlstedt’s voice and violin are put to use simultaneously, creating a role that’s rare in classical music and probably challenging to pull off.

Media Date 
March 2, 2011
Media Source 
Memory Select: Avant-jazz radio
Media Location 
Boston, MA
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The mood bursts open when Kihlstedt’s song winds up dramatically, calling up the entry of some circusy brass to quickly end the movement.

Media Contact Name 
Craig

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