Known as the nation’s foremost label launched by an orchestra and devoted exclusively to new music recordings, BMOP/sound today announced the June 18th release of two new composer-centric albums – Michael Gandolfi: From the Institutes of Groove and Jacob Druckman: Lamia – both performed by the ever-intrepid Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP).
As a follow-up to the composer’s first BMOP/sound album Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant (2008), From the Institutes of Groove is the latest endeavor in a long-standing affair between Michael Gandolfi and BMOP. The recording’s three concertos showcase Gandolfi’s multifarious compositional techniques such as post-minimalist textures and interlaced grooves as well as intellectual inspirations such as science and architecture. As evident throughout, he provides a stage for the soloists to reveal their single musical personalities and the varying facets of their respective instruments.
Two of the album’s works were written exclusively for BMOP: the 20-minute, four-movement Fantasia for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra featuring saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky; and the eponymous From the Institutes of Groove featuring Venezuelan bass trombonist Angel Subero. In Institutes, Gandolfi plays off Angel’s versatility as both a salsa and classical player. Soaked in rhythmic patterns, the first movement “Too Jazz for Rock” is inspired by big-band sounds while the second “Rising on the Wing” a minimalist-like groove. Rounding out the recording is Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra featuring Richard Svoboda, principal bassoonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
BMOP/sound’s second release this summer is Jacob Druckman: Lamia – a selection of five works that best represent Druckman’s mature period of polystylistic composition. It exemplifies the composer’s talent for timbral possibilities and homogenous interplays. The album includes the numinous Lamia (meaning “sorceress” according to Greek mythology) featuring mezzo-soprano Lucy Shelton and the sprightly Nor Spell Nor Charm (1990) inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to name a few. A Pulitzer-prize winning composer, Druckman is “best known for his vividly scored and viscerally dramatic orchestral works”(New York Times).
BMOP/sound, the Grammy-nominated signature record label of the acclaimed Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), an eclectic, composer-centric catalog of both rediscovered classics of the 20th century and the music of today’s most influential and innovative composers. Since its launch in 2008, BMOP/sound recordings have received several accolades including: “Best of 2008” lists for its five inaugural releases in the New York Times, Boston Globe, National Public Radio, Time Out New York, American Record Guide, and Downbeat Magazine, among others; five Grammy nominations in 2009 for Charles Fussell: Wilde, in 2010 for Derek Bermel: Voices and in 2011 for Steven Mackey: Dream House. The New York Times proclaimed, “BMOP/sound is an example of everything done right.” For more information, visit http://www.bmopsound.org.