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Machover: Hyperstring Trilogy / Rose, Haimovitz, Et Al


Release Date: 05/06/2003 
Label:  Oxingale Records   Catalog #: 2003   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Tod Machover
Performer:  Matt HaimovitzKim KashkashianKarol BennettAni Kavafian
Conductor:  Gil Rose
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The Oxingale CD is devoted to Machover’s Hyperstring Trilogy, with major works each for Hypercello, Hyperviola, and Hyperviolin. In each of these works, its composer puts the performers through a gauntlet of technical possibility—the demands placed on the performers scarcely let up in these extended works from beginning to end. If that is not enough, each is required to control and manipulate the computer-generated sounds. The whole concept of virtuosity would seem to be redefined in this music, and each of these performers—Matt Haimovitz, Kim Kashkashian, and Ani Kavafian—convincingly negotiates these demanding scores. The virtuosity is not only for the performers, however. This music required a virtuoso composer to make it cohere, Read more and the music leaves an indelible aural effect upon the ear in its colorful writing, swirling figurations, and immediacy. Kudos must also be extended to Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, who are also more than equal to the demands of the music.

All of the electronic sounds in these three works (Begin Again Again, Song of Penance, and Forever and Ever) are inherent in the instruments themselves, nothing being on tape, but everything generated at the moment of performance. Essentially, the performer and computer “listen” to each other and create a new kind of chamber music. This approach is certainly pathsetting, and suggests many new possible directions for the music of our computer-dominated era."

FANFARE: David DeBoor Canfield
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Works on This Recording

1.
Begin Again Again... by Tod Machover
Performer:  Matt Haimovitz (Electric Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 
Notes: This selection is scored for Hypercello (a string instrument enhanced with technology, designed to enable the performer's normal playing technique and interpretative skills to shape and control computer extensions of the instrument). 
2.
Song of Penance by Tod Machover
Performer:  Kim Kashkashian (Electric Viola), Karol Bennett (Voice)
Conductor:  Gil Rose
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; USA 
Notes: This selection is scored for Hyperviola (a string instrument enhanced
with technology, designed to enable the performer's normal playing
technique and interpretative skills to shape and control computer
extensions of the instrument), computer voice and 17 instruments. 
3.
Forever and Ever by Tod Machover
Performer:  Ani Kavafian (Electric Violin)
Conductor:  Gil Rose
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
Notes: This selection is scored for Hyperviolin (a string instrument enhanced
with technology, designed to enable the performer's normal playing
technique and interpretative skills to shape and control computer
extensions of the instrument) and chamber orchestra. 

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