Bermel: Voices, Dust Dances, Thracian Echoes, Elixir / Bermel, Rose, BMOP

Album Summary

>Bermel, Derek : Dust Dances
>Bermel, Derek : Thracian Echoes
>Bermel, Derek : Elixir
>Bermel, Derek : Concerto for Clarinet "Voices"
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

'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. Thanks to the infectious charisma of Gil Rose and his musicians, this recording brings to life the eclecticism and verve that defines the music of Derek Bermel.

"Mr. Rose and his Boston new-music band play it all with natural vitality. The recording, beautifully detailed, packs a solid punch in stereo and is even more strikingly visceral in surround mode, which puts the orchestra around you but preserves the listener-ensemble distance of the concert hall." - Allan Kozinn (The New York Times)

"You might say that Derek Bermel (b. 1967) is the quintessential 21st-century musician. A composition student of Henri Dutilleux, Louis Andriessen, and William Bolcom (among others), Bermel is also an accomplished jazz clarinetist, has traveled the world exploring folk traditions, and performs (singing and playing keyboards and percussion) in a rock band. This staggering eclecticism is apparent in all four works recorded here.... Given the very wide range of inspiration at work in these four pieces, the consistency and coherence of Bermel's musical language is particularly impressive. He's definitely a composer I'm eager to hear more from. I just hope that future performances are as authoritative as these by Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. The SACD recording is thrillingly vivid." - Andrew Farach-Colton (Gramophone)
2010 Grammy Award Nominee
Best of 2009 - The New York Times, San Jose Mercury News



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Works Details

>Bermel, Derek : Dust Dances
  • Performer: Derek Bermel (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Running Time: 9 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Bermel, Derek : Thracian Echoes
  • Performer: Derek Bermel (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Running Time: 19 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Bermel, Derek : Elixir
  • Performer: Derek Bermel (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Running Time: 7 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Bermel, Derek : Concerto for Clarinet "Voices"
  • Performer: Derek Bermel (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Running Time: 18 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997