The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Musical Intelligencer weigh in on Friday's concert: "thrilling, overwhelming, historic." (photo: Kathy Wittman)
"With deliberate gestures, Rose conjured fine playing from the orchestra, the musicians laying a sturdy frame of accompaniment."
"It was a night that showed BMOP’s importance not only in presenting new work but also in advocating for contemporary classics like this one, which deserves to be heard much more widely." The Boston Globe (photo (c) Josh Reynolds)
"Sunday’s performance sparkled under Gil Rose’s baton ... This cast was strong from foxhole to farmyard" Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe
"The performances by Rose and BMOP were exemplary ... " - The Boston Globe (picture (c) Matthew J. Lee)
BMOP received universal acclaim for our performance of Irving Fine's landmark Symphony (1962). Coming soon to disc!
Check out what the Globe, the Intelligencer, the Boston Classical Review, and the Hub Review have to say about our season-opening opera night: Virgil Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts!
Norman’s piece succeeded beyond what even his most ardent supporters could have anticipated. Combining everything from Bach to Reich in beautiful form, he channeled the modern human condition in which technology dominates ever more of our lives.
"Those who fear for the future of the symphony orchestra can take heart in knowing that there is still quality work being done by more-or-less young composers writing for classical music’s big band."
"Rose led the large orchestra in a reading of the score that honored the sparkling, richly melodic vein in Tippett’s writing, the impressionistic melding of ancient and modern sound worlds, and the admirable fluidity of his craft. The ritual dance numbers took on a life of their own, and the buoyant singing of the chorus helped drive many of the evening’s most vibrant moments."