Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant

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BMOP/sound 1002
April 2008
52:43
  • Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Gil Rose, conductor

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CD price: $16.99

Track Listing

Disc 1
  •  Points of Departure (1988)
  • 1.I. Spirale

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  • 2.II. Strati
  • 3.III. Visione
  • 4.IV. Ritorno
  •  Themes From A Midsummer Night (2001)
  • 5.I. Air (Oberon in Flight)

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  • 6.II. Theseus' Law
  • 7.III. Hermia's Helter Skelter Scherzo
  • 8.IV. Hermia and Lysander
  • 9.V. Bottom Brays
  • 10.VI. Sly Puck
  • 11.VII. Apotheosis...Morning
  • 12.VIII. Titania's Fairies
  • 13.IX. Time Dream
  • 14.X. Postlude (the Most Gentle)
  •  Y2K Compliant (2000)
  • 15.I. Short Circuits

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  • 16.II. Analog Dreams
  • 17.III. Joyous Reverb

Reviews

Gramophone reviews Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant
May 1, 2009 — Exuberant performances of irrepressibly melodic, profoundly delightful music
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Fanfare reviews Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant
November 1, 2008 — Michael Gandolfi (b. 1956) is based in Boston, and has close ties, as both a former student and current faculty member, with the New England Conservatory and Tanglewood. This disc is a good introduction to his work, not only because it’s of high quality, but also because it shows the distinct development of his voice.
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Fanfare reviews Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant
September 1, 2008 — Michael Gandolfi (b. 1956) teaches at Tanglewood, so it is reasonable that his music should appear on the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's label. This band, under its music director and conductor Gil Rose, is dedicated to the performance and promotion of contemporary American music. The members have successfully recorded several CDs for other companies, but this program and a recording of John Harbison's ballet Ulysses are the inaugural releases on their home label. The fact has been a while in the offing. Well, it is here now, and the results are brilliant.
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American Record Guide reviews Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant
September 1, 2008 — Three orchestral works by Michael Gandolfi, composer of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation (M/J 2008). In his highly useful notes, Robert Kirzinger knights Gandolfi "master of innumerable compositional approaches", purveyor of a technical and stylistic smorgasbord that will at least partly please everybody. As with Cosmic Speculation, there is great skill on display, though what this display of variety adds up to is anybody's guess.
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The New York Times reviews Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant
June 8, 2008 — 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.
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MUSO reviews Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant
June 1, 2008 — The Y2K doomsday scenario and all its associated satire had grown tiresome long before 1999 was up. Neverthless, this hasn't stopped composer Michael Gandolfi revisiting the topic with his latest release Y2K Compliant.
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Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant CD review
May 30, 2008 — [5/5 stars] This is a wonderful collection of pieces. Although all 3 pieces are unique, they compliment each other well musically and thematically. A set of music that provides a welcome hour of enjoyment. Overall the CD has a variety of styles that each work for the individual pieces.
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CLOFO reviews Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant
May 30, 2008 — RECOMMENDED The music of American composer Michael Gandolfi (b. 1956) is the subject of another winning release from BMOP/sound (see the newsletter of 15 April 2008). Many will remember this composer for his large, extended orchestral work The Garden of Cosmic Speculation released last year, but here we have three of his smaller-scale pieces. If anything, they show he can do even more with less, and is a master colorist in the best sense of the term.
Classical Lost and Found Full review
CD Picks of the Week: Y2K Compliant
May 5, 2008 — Classical compositions about technology can often be dry, rather charm-less affairs. But the Boston composer Michael Gandolfi has written a piece about computers that’s full of bright, quirky sonorities and bustling rhythms. It’s called Y2K Compliant, and, as the title implies, it’s a satirical response to all the doomsday predictions of the Y2K bug back in 1999. The piece was premiered in 2000 and it’s now just out on a CD by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
WNYC Full review