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Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant, Points of Departure, Themes from A Midsummer Night, / Gil Rose, Boston Modern Orchestra Project

Album Summary

>Gandolfi, Michael : Points of Departure
>Gandolfi, Michael : Themes from a Midsummer Night
>Gandolfi, Michael : Y2K Compliant
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This BMOP CD proves that Michael Gandolfi is a master of innumerable musical approaches, ranging from the lush "Points of Departure" to the theatrical suite "Themes from a Midsummer Night," and finally to the evocative "Y2K Compliant." Gandolfi composed this work amidst talk of the impending doom that was to coincide with the year 2000, supposedly due to the inability of computerized devices to cope with the millennium date change. At the same time, he was inspired by John Harbison's textbook "The Most Often-Used Chords." The resulting work manages to merge Harbison's musings about basic musical functions with this momentous event.

"Listening to this new disc of earlier compositions, I get the sense that Gandolfi can't help but to write music that pleases the ear. Even the ostensibly atonal language of "Points of Departure" (1988) is mitigated by luminous, delicately colored orchestration and an overarching lyricism that seems to bind together the work's motivic intricacies.... These exuberant and expressive performances provide yet another instance of conductor Gil Rose's technical command and superb musicianship. Strongly recommended." - Andre Farach-Colton (Gramophone)

"Michael Gandolfi's music has some of the rigor of the mid-20th-century atonalists, but it also draws on the richness of melody and timbre prized by the neo-Romantics. You would not put his work firmly in either category, and that's probably for the best, since much of its appeal is in the ease with which it moves between those poles. One moment you're taken with its braininess, its structural logic and textural intricacy; the next you're struck by the flow of fresh ideas, vivid orchestration and rhythmic vitality, all of which give it a visceral punch. The three scores included here - all played with warmth and precision, and beautifully recorded on the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's own label - offer a good overview of Mr. Gandolfi's sensibility." - Allan Kozinn (The New York Times)
Best of 2008 - The New York Times



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Works Details

>Gandolfi, Michael : Points of Departure
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Running Time: 16 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Gandolfi, Michael : Themes from a Midsummer Night
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Running Time: 16 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Gandolfi, Michael : Y2K Compliant
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Running Time: 17 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000