BMOP partners with the Fine Family, the Irving Fine Society, and Brandeis University to celebrate a slice of American music history in A Fine Centennial (photo: Shapero, Fine, et al, Tanglewood, 1946 courtesy of Irving Fine Collection, Library of Congress, Music Division)
Spratlan: mythology, summer vignettes, struggle expressed via saxophones. Davis: political commentary, groove, Balinese-influenced polyrhythms, pianistic virtuosity. Take your pick!
Reviews are in from the Boston Classical Review and Boston Musical Intelligencer.
Air-raid sirens! Propellers! Synchronized player pianos! A battery of polyrhythms! Ballet Mécanique was a mad genius's eccentric plot until technology evolved, the following century, far enough to realize it. Plus the manic, flashy stylings of A Jazz Symphony.