From one of America's pre-eminent large orchestral composers comes two works for chamber orchestra. John Adams's wild and hectic Chamber Symphony and the groovy Son of Chamber Symphony bookend this release with a minimalist meditation, Common Tones in Simple Time, in the middle. "Meep meep."
Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times recalls the history of Boston's place in the musical vanguard through three BMOP/sound releases: Leon Kirchner: Music for Orchestra, Gunther Schuller: The Fisherman and His Wife, and Harold Shapero: Orchestral Works.
From ancient Greece to colonial Virginia, explore two legends through the eyes of dance on the latest BMOP/sound release Elliott Carter: Ballets. With fifteen minutes of music restored from the suite version, the world premiere recording of the complete Pocahontas ballet revisits the tale of the native princess and the English colonist John Smith. Carter's only other ballet, The Minotaur retells the myth of Theseus as he conquers King Minos's maze and monster and is led to safety by Ariadne.
On the latest release from BMOP/sound, Robert Carl: White Heron, composer Robert Carl takes the listener on a cross-country journey, recalling a drive across the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains, reminiscing on porch conversations, and remembers a particularly curious heron.