Louis Andriessen: La Passione

La Passione features four works by one of today's most significant international new music figures.

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Bells for Haarlem | Letter from Cathy | Passeggiata in tram in America e ritorno
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1011
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Disc 1: 55:34
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June 2009
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John Harbison: Full Moon in March

BMOP/sound's release features John Harbison's Full Moon in March, an emblematic ritual-opera, the libretto of which is adapted from the poem, A Full Moon in March, by W.B. Yeats. Sinister and moody in its musical palette, Gil Rose skillfully leads BMOP with soloists Lorraine DiSimone (mezzo-soprano), James Maddalena (baritone), Anne Harley (soprano), and Frank Kelley (tenor), in a tour de force performance of a great 20th century literary work.

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Mirabai Songs | Exequien for Calvin Simmons
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1010
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Disc 1: 56:49
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April 2009
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David Rakowski: Winged Contraption

BMOP/sound's latest release, David Rakowski: Winged Contraption, is a compilation of three profound compositions by one of this generation's most visible American composers. Winged Contraption is Rakowski's playful and ebullient tribute to composer and friend Martin Boykan, and Persistent Memory provides a counterbalance with its reflective and melancholic tenor. The Piano Concerto, which draws upon the composer's own études, ushers forth teasing and surrealistic elements with the appearance of toy piano in each movement.

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Persistent Memory | Piano Concerto
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1009
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Disc 1: 64:27
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March 2009
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Charles Fussell: Wilde

Charles Fussell's High Bridge, Portrait of Hart Crane and Wilde are the result of considering the lives of Hart Crane and Oscar Wilde as possible operatic subjects. Filled with complex and dramatic emotional references, both works are musical exposés of the instability and disquiet that plagued these two celebrated literary figures. High Bridge portrays Crane's erratic behavior in an orchestral prelude, whereas Wilde is a more extended operatic reflection on the writer's tragic life.

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Wilde | High Bridge Prelude
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1005
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Disc 1: 45:32
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September 2008
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Derek Bermel: Voices

Voices is a compilation of three orchestral works and one solo piece by Derek Bermel. Seductively called his "spectral potion," Elixir reflects Bermel's influences as varied as John Lennon, Charles Ives, and the Isley Brothers. Thracian Echoes embraces the soulful harmonies of traditional Bulgarian melodies whereas Dust Dances is a translation of an African gyil music session into orchestral idioms. In Voices, Bermel himself performs the brilliantly written concerto for clarinet with impressive virtuosity.

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Dust Dances | Thracian Echoes | Elixir
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1008
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Disc 1: 54:54
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February 2009
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Lukas Foss: The Prairie

Lukas Foss's The Prairie is a secular oratorio based on Carl Sandburg's epic poem of the same name. Drawing upon Sandburg's journey through the landscape and lives of the Midwest in the 1900s, Foss has embarked on a journey of his own, creating an iconic work of American classical music that embodies the hardships and optimism that defined a generation of men and women braving industrialization in America.

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Poem by Carl Sandburg
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1007
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Disc 1: 53:02
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November 2008
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Eric Sawyer: Our American Cousin

Our American Cousin is a monumental work of American contemporary opera, which draws upon the tragic events of Abraham Lincoln's assassination. A collaborative invention of composer Eric Sawyer and librettist John Shoptaw, the opera juxtaposes past with present, comedy with tragedy, musical period references with operatic genre pieces, all within a language of lyrical extended tonality.

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Libretto by John Shoptaw
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1006
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Disc 1: 67:00
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July 2008
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Lee Hyla: Lives of the Saints

Lee Hyla's epic Lives of the Saints is a set of psychological character studies filled with fierce musical and spiritual imagination, inspired by a diverse group of 13th- and 14th-century writings by or about saints. Through his masterful composition of colors, textures, and rhythmic impulses, Hyla evokes a landscape of torment, delirium, and ecstasy. The lyrical At Suma Beach (based on a Noh play) provides a satisfying contrast to Lives's turbulence.

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At Suma Beach
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1003
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Disc 1: 68:01
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May 2008
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Gunther Schuller: Journey into Jazz

BMOP/sound's latest release is the first compilation album of Gunther Schuller's works for the legendary Modern Jazz Quartet. Creator of the "Third Stream," Schuller is a master of weaving the structural complexities found in contemporary classical music with the improvisational elements of jazz. Reminiscent of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, Journey into Jazz is the story of Eddy Jackson, a boy who is introduced to and learns to play jazz. Schuller himself narrates the work, which was written by famed jazz critic and author Nat Hentoff.

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Variants | Concertino
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1004
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Disc 1: 58:16
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June 2008
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Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant

BMOP's CD proves that Gandolfi is a master of innumerable musical characters: lush, theatrical, evocative, and more

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Points of Departure | Themes from a Midsummer Night
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1002
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Disc 1: 52:43
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April 2008
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