BMOP/Sound to Release DAVID STOCK: CONCERTOS, 2/23
Boston, MA (For Release 2.23.16) - Known as the nation's foremost label launched by an orchestra and devoted exclusively to new music, BMOP/sound today announced the release of David Stock: Concertos (Released 2.23.16). Celebrating its recent 2016 Musical America Ensemble of the Year award, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) under conductor Gil Rose maintains its trademark skill and insight in interpreting and performing the music of today's most innovative composers.
In Concertos, BMOP honors the work and imagination of Pittsburgh-based composer David Stock, who passed away in November 2015. Stock pursued residencies and performances throughout the world, but was above all an icon of the Pittsburgh music community, where he founded the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble in 1976, served as composer-in-residence of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and was a longtime faculty member at Duquesne University. The disc reflects his admiration for three virtuosic soloists and friends, each the dedicatee of their respective works. Cuban-born violinist Andrés Cárdenes brings fiery, magnetic playing to the Concierto Cubano. Oboist Alex Klein delves into the characters, quirks, and charms of all five of the oboe family's instruments (Klein's own request upon the work's commission) in the five-movement Oborama. Stock and percussionist Lisa Pegher teamed up with a consortium of symphonies to commission the Percussion Concerto, in which Stock and Pegher achieve a breadth of expression-propulsive, lyrical, and improvisatory-that shines a revelatory spotlight on the capabilities of the percussion battery.
BMOP/sound, BMOP's independent record label, was created in 2008 to provide a platform for BMOP's extensive archive of music, as well as to provide widespread, top-quality, permanent access to both classics of the 20th century and the music of today's most innovative composers. BMOP/sound has garnered praise from the national and international press; it is the recipient of six Grammy Award nominations and its releases have appeared on the year-end "Best of" lists of The New York Times,The Boston Globe, National Public Radio, Time Out New York, American Record Guide, Downbeat Magazine, WBUR, NewMusicBox, and others. Admired, praised, and sought after by artists, presenters, critics, and audiophiles, BMOP and BMOP/sound are uniquely positioned to redefine the new music concert and recording experience. BMOPsound.org