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Andrew Norman: Play

Generation X Composer Andrew Norman’s inaugural orchestral CD released on BMOP/sound

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Posted on January 25, 2015 by Boston Modern Orchestra Project

“A sprawling, engulfing, furiously unpredictable piece.” –Alex Ross, The Rest is Noise

“The Boston Modern Orchestra Project, led by conductor Gil Rose, is as essential to the success of this album as the score itself and the ensemble’s aesthetic buy-in is palpable. …something rare, something uninhibited, is happening here.” –Doyle Armbrust, Q2 Music

 “A Norman creation of this magnitude—like the people who play it—is thoroughly, eagerly in the present, in your face, on a joyous, deliberate mission… Norman may be producing some of the most aggressively gymnastic music being written today… Play sounds like it’s producing enough energy to run Massachusetts for a few days.” –Porter Anderson, Thought Catalog

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Andrew Norman: Play has been released!

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Boston Modern Orchestra Project

http://bmop.org/audio-recordings/andrew-norman-play

Andrew Norman’s inaugural orchestral CD was released on BMOP/sound in December 2014.

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Overview

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project is seeking funding to release a CD featuring the works of emerging composer Andrew Norman on its signature label BMOP/sound. This recording represents the culmination of Norman’s two year Music Alive residency with BMOP and will be Norman’s first orchestral CD. A lifelong enthusiast for all things architectural, Norman writes music that is often inspired by forms he encounters in the visual world. His music draws on an eclectic mix of sounds and usually features some combination of bright colors, propulsive energy, a healthy dose of lyricism, and the fragmentation of musical ideas. Featured on this CD, entitled Play, will include Play (2013) a 47-minute orchestral work commissioned through Norman’s Music Alive residency and premiered by BMOP in May 2013. Also included is Norman’s chamber orchestral work Try (2011) commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, premiered in Disney Hall in May 2011, conducted by John Adams. Of BMOP’s premiere of Play the Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote: “Norman’s piece succeeded beyond what even his most ardent supporters would have anticipated. Combining everything from Bach to Reich in beautiful form, he channeled the modern human condition in which technology dominates ever more of our lives… Gil Rose and BMOP planned and executed with the precision and passion we’ve come to expect.”

BMOP plans to release this CD on its signature label BMOP/sound in August 2014. To this point, BMOP has been able to secure $75,000 through individuals and small foundations to complete all recording. A grant of $12,500 will provide resources to cover the remaining post-production including manufacturing and editing costs making it possible to share this important music with an international audience. In 2008, BMOP launched its signature record label, BMOP/sound, with the release of John Harbison’s ballet Ulysses. Its composer-centric releases focus on orchestral works that are otherwise unavailable in recorded form. The response to the label was immediate and celebratory; its five inaugural releases appeared on the “Best of 2008” lists of The New York Times, The Boston Globe, National Public Radio, Downbeat, and American Record Guide, among others. BMOP/sound is the recipient of five Grammy Award nominations: in 2009 for Charles Fussell: Wilde (Best Classical Vocal Performance); in 2010 for Derek Bermel: Voices (Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra); and three nominations in 2011 for its recording of Steven Mackey: Dreamhouse (Best Engineered Classical Album, Best Classical Album, and Best Orchestral Performance). The New York Times has proclaimed, “BMOP/sound is an example of everything done right.” With 32 current releases, BMOP/sound has become the nation’s foremost label launched by an orchestra and solely devoted to new music recordings.

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Andrew Norman – Play Level 1 (Opening)
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Andrew Norman – Play Level 1 (Opening)
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose
Live Recording

Andrew Norman – Play Level 2 (Excerpt)
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Andrew Norman – Play Level 2 (Excerpt)
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose
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Andrew Norman – Play Level 3
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Andrew Norman – Play Level 3
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose
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Start and End Dates

07/01/201408/15/2014

Location

Boston, Massachusetts

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Last update on January 25, 2015

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Malden, Massachusetts
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project is the premier orchestra in the United States dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A unique institution of crucial artistic importance to today’s musical world, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) exists to disseminate exceptional orchestral music of the present and recent…

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