Steven Mackey: Dreamhouse

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BMOP/sound 1019
September 2010
49:48
  • Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Gil Rose, conductor

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Track Listing

Disc 1
  •  Dreamhouse (2003)
  •  Part I: From Above/No Matter How Precisely
  • 1.From Above

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  • 2.No Matter How Precisely
  •  Part II: Fragments, Flashbacks, and Episodes
  • 3.Framing/Her Gaze
  • 4.Stone Walk
  • 5.Fireplace/By Any Measure
  • 6.Groove/Roofmen/Her Gaze

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  •  Part III: Dreamhouse
  • 7.Dreamhouse

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Reviews

American Record Guide reviews Steven Mackey: Dreamhouse
March 1, 2011 — Steven Mackey's Dreamhouse (2003) is and odd assemblage dealing with, as the title suggests, the building of a perfect home, with a libretto filled with architectural details improvised on by Mr Mackey and tenor and fellow librettist Rinde Eckert. In addition to Mr Eckert, who sings not only as tenor but with falsetto, and functions as speaking actor as well, the work is scored for a small Hilliard Ensemble-type vocal consort, an electric guitar quartet, and large orchestra. The music is varied in its influences, but is unambiguously American in tone and aesthetic stance.
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Gramophone reviews Steven Mackey: Dreamhouse
February 1, 2011 — Musical works are often analysed and described in architectural terms, but how many are actually about architecture? Steven Mackey's Dreamhouse takes up the subject with explosive and ethereal imagination. Scored for vocal quartet, electric guitar quartet and orchestra, the piece is a rumination on the design and construction of the eponymous house, complete with Architect as speaking and singing narrator.
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Audiophile Audition reviews Steven Mackey: Dreamhouse
January 24, 2011 — First, I will clarify what I went straight to the booklet notes to find out. Rinde Eckert is the co-author of the libretto and sound design for this very unusual, not unpleasant – just kind of weird - project. In this sense, then, he does deserve credit and kudos for the project; a kind of "architect" in the sense of the piece as well as the figurative "architect" of the "dream house" of the title.
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