Notes & Reviews:
Louis Andriessen: 'La Passione' is BMOP/sound's latest release featuring four works by one of today's most significant figures in the international new music scene. 'Passeggiata in Tram in America E Ritorno' and 'La Passione' integrate the poetry of Dino Campana - the former is based on the poem with the same name and the latter draws from "La Passione" and the "Canti Orfici" (Orphic Songs). Both works offer intimate and darkly bewitching performances by Cristina Zavalloni (mezzo-soprano) and Monica Germino (violin). Rounding off the CD is 'Bells for Haarlem' and 'Letter from Cathy', both revealing Gil Rose's masterful direction of his BMOP musicians.
"Close-up, clearly defined yet well-blended engineering do accurate justice to Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project members' spirited, rhythmically focused interpretations. Highly recommended." - Jed Distler (Gramophone)
"Zavalloni's singing is glorious, although Andriessen does not challenge her quite as much as Berio did Berberian. The playing is equally marvelous, and the recording pristine; it does shout and shriek at times, but that's the nature of the music. Texts appear in the sung languages (respectively Italian, English, Italian) and in English translation. "La Passione" is another triumph for its composer, whose music is always recognizable yet ever new. For anyone unacquainted with Andriessen, I recommend this stunning disc as a starting point. For the rest of us, it is a necessity." - James H. North (Fanfare)
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