Premieres and a farewell for BMOP

It seems odd to call a program with five brand new orchestral pieces commonplace. But somehow it seems apt when talking about the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, a group for whom the unexpected has become almost predictable. The five premieres on Friday’s concert spoke in vastly disparate languages, each of which BMOP’s fine orchestra and music director Gil Rose brought off as though it was a well-honed specialty.

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May 25, 2009
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The Boston Globe
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It seems odd to call a program with five brand new orchestral pieces commonplace. But somehow it seems apt when talking about the BMOP, a group for whom the unexpected has become almost predictable.

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David Weininger

Mad love

The destructive power of jealousy makes a good subject for opera. One of Shakespeare’s plays about this most irrational emotion, the tragedy Othello, has been turned into a very good opera by Rossini and a great one by Verdi and his best librettist, Arrigo Boito.

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March 24, 2009
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The Boston Phoenix
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I can’t wait to hear it again.

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Lloyd Schwartz

Harbison's ambitious Winter's Tale arrives with spring

John Harbison’s music is so ubiquitous here that you might think there was nothing more to discover. Yet until Friday, Boston had never heard Winter’s Tale, the Shakespeare-based opera he composed in the 1970s. The ever-intrepid Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s concert performance took place, ironically, on the first day of spring.

Media Date 
March 24, 2009
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The Boston Globe
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It was chiefly Kravitz's presence and the sheer force of his character that made Friday's performance so compelling

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David Weininger

Boston Modern revels in conservatory connection

That rather gaudy sign in Jordan Hall reading “New England Conservatory” is intended to remind audiences of the institution where this acoustic jewel is located. Rarely is its presence so apt as during the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s annual “Boston ConNECtion” concert, recognizing the ongoing relationship between the ensemble and the school. The 11th such performance, on Saturday, was a typically substantial affair, dexterously played by the ensemble and conducted with authority by Gil Rose.

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January 20, 2009
Media Source 
The Boston Globe
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It was the sound of vital friendships, and of a bustling, creative institution at work.

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David Weininger

New looks at old images

Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project present, more often than not, anthologized programming: one-night overviews of a single tradition, composer, or genre. Such concerts can veer toward stylistic diffusion, but Friday’s collection of string-instrument concertos presented the opposite danger - a surfeit of similarity.

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November 18, 2008
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The Boston Globe
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Matthew Guerrieri

Ueno's memorable Talus, Boykan's engaging concerto, Erickson's eclectic Fantasty, and Schwartz's Chamber Concerto

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project performed new works in Jordan Hall on Friday evening by Martin Boykan, Robert Erickson, Elliott Schwartz, and Ken Ueno. The concert closed with Shoenberg’s Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra, a very liberal arrangement of a Handel Concerto.

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November 14, 2008
Media Source 
The Boston Musical Intelligencer
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While the vocalizations may have come off as extremist, even gimmicky, one cannot deny that Talus was the most memorable piece of the evening.

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Peter Van Zandt Lane

30 classical labels to compete in 53rd Grammy Award nominations

Nominations for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony have been revealed.

In the 14 categories in which classical recordings are eligible, 30 record labels received a total of 67 nominations between them, with Naxos, with a tally of 11, receiving the most nominations. Attracting six nominations each, Harmonia Mundi and the Winchester, Virgina-based independent Dorian Sono Luminus were the next most successful labels, while Decca was nominated five times.

Media Date 
December 3, 2010
Media Source 
The Classical Review
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Michael Quinn

BMOP soars through graceful season finale

“A dazzling world premiere by Evan Ziporyn and the appearance of not one but two celebrated guest soloists distinguished the final concert of this year’s Boston Modern Orchestra Project season at Jordan Hall on Friday.

Renowned “new music” pianist Ursula Oppens applied her unfailingly insightful curiosity and sublime graciousness of touch to Augusta Read Thomas’s 2000 intermittently appealing Aurora. And master clarinetist Richard Stoltzman’s playing impressed as usual in Stephen Hartke’s 2001 Clarinet Concerto....

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May 23, 2004
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The Boston Globe
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A dazzling world premiere by Evan Ziporyn and the appearance of not one but two celebrated guest soloists distinguished the final concert of this year's BMOP season at Jordan Hall.

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T. J. Medrek

BMOP begins season in daring style

“The Boston Modern Orchestra Project filled Jordan Hall with song at its Friday-night season opener. The program, titled “Voices,” featured music for voice and orchestra delivered by a stage full of Boston’s finest musicians led by artistic director Gil Rose. . .

. . .Rose and company then dazzled with their go-for-the-gusto playing of the wall-shaking Sacred Song of Reconciliation by George Rochberg. Set to a Hebrew text, the music portrays the fearsome power of the Old Testament God. Bass-baritone David Kravitz conveyed that power in a performance of staggering impact.

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October 3, 2004
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The Boston Herald
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Rose and company then dazzled with their go-for-the-gusto playing.

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T. J. Medrek

Varied minimalism works are played to maximum effect

“The greatest virtue of Friday’s “Minimalism” concert by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project was to raise the question of whether the minimalism tag has outlived its relevance. Each of the four works the orchestra presented - three by minimalism’s leading lights and one by BMOP’s composer-in-residence, Elena Ruehr - adopted some conventions of the minimalist aesthetic, but each took them in such different directions that it’s doubtful the label is now anything more than a convenient, generic shorthand. . .

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February 21, 2005
Media Source 
The Boston Globe
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BMOP gave each piece the benefit of brilliant and dedicated playing, especially in the strings and percussion, which bore the lion's share of the work.

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David Weininger

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