Orchestras rarely take on microtonal music, except when certain members of the string and brass sections inadvertently play music intended for performance in 12-tone equal temperament with less than accurate intonation. This alone makes Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s perfectly in-tune performance of Mathew Rosenblum’s Sharpshooter, which is crafted from an idiosyncratic 19-pitch scale with equally beating minor thirds, a thing of wonder. But the fact that the music shimmers and grooves and that these otherworldly intervals are almost hummable make it an extremely satisfying, if slightly mind-altering, listening experience. For added enjoyment, try singing along with it!
—Frank J. Oteri, Composer Advocate and Senior Editor, NewMusicBox
New CD: Mobius Loop
Works by Mathew Rosenblum
|Known as the nation’s foremost label launched by an orchestra and devoted exclusively to new music recordings, BMOP/sound offers a release of a new composer-centric album, Mathew Rosenblum: Möbius Loop, performed by the ever-intrepid Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, and soloists Kenneth Coon (baritone saxophone) and Lisa Pegher (percussion), conducted by Gil Rose. The music on this recording contains a completely unique universe of sounds. It is improvisatory, rhythmically flexible and harmonically free of traditional scales found in Western or Eastern music. At first listen the compositions seem obliquely shaped, but as you listen, one is enveloped by its veiled harmonic and melodic approach. Using a variety of tuning systems, Rosenblum’s work does not live within traditional boundaries, creating a compellingly fresh landscape.|