PRESS HIGHLIGHTS: Recordings
"Gil Rose’s Boston Modern Orchestra Project, a pathbreaking Boston ensemble, brings expert and fearless excellence to all this music." - Mark DeVoto, Classical Ear UK on Irving Fine: Complete Orchestral Works (BMOP/sound 1041, 6/2015)
"The demands of this work highlight the reasons why the BMOP is a first-rate orchestra: beautiful blend and tone colors throughout the ensemble, pristine intonation, and attention to full ensemble balance … Gil Rose’s honest belief in the advancement of new orchestral music is readily apparent and challenges listeners to approach these works with a heightened sense of respect and understanding."
-I Care If You Listen on Lewis Spratlan: Apollo and Daphne Variations, June 18, 2014
"Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project once again prove why they are one of the country’s leading contemporary music ensembles. The performances are outstanding and the recording is wonderful."
-Daniel Coombs, Audiophile Audition on Anthony Davis: Notes from the Underground, May 20, 2014
"Bedlam never sounded as good as it does in the hands of Rose and BMOP."
-Jonathan Blumhofer, Arts Fuse on George Antheil: Ballet Mecanique, April 14, 2014
"Gil Rose conducted to create the beautiful sound."
-Whirl Magazine on Mathew Rosenblum: Mobius Loop, March 2014
"This collection is a handsome tribute to Babbitt, and the performances by Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project are committed and quite polished in these studio recordings."
-Clair Sanderson, All Music on Milton Babbitt: All Set, February 2014
"Best Albums of 2013."
-Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe on Michael Gandolfi: From the Institutes of Groove, December 15, 2013
"Above all, though, the palm must go to Rose, who takes great care in preserving the grande ligne in Berger’s fitful sound-structures. And not only that: without Rose’s countless hours of grunt work keeping BMOP afloat, we wouldn’t have this new document of Berger’s precious gems."
-I Care If You Listen on Arthur Berger: Words for Music, Perhaps, December 11, 2013
"NPR Classical’s 10 Favorite Albums of 2013."
-NPR on Reza Vali: Towards the Endless Plain, December 13, 2013
"BMOP and director, Gil Rose, continually put out important albums of contemporary American music that are superbly interpreted and performed."
-Daniel Coombs, Audiophile Audition on Jason Druckman: Lamia, September 15, 2013
"BMOP’s music director Gil Rose is not just a fine conductor, but a peerless curator, sniffing out – and commissioning – off-trend, unheralded and otherwise underplayed repertoire that nevertheless holds to unfailingly high standards of quality. In doing so, he’s built an indefinable, but unmistakable, personal aesthetic."
-Daniel Stephen Johnson, WQXR on Martin Boykan: Orchestral Works, June 3, 2013
"As always, the performances by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Gil Rose sound definitive. In short, another triumph from a courageous and invaluable label."
-Jim Svejda, KUSC on Thomas Oboe Lee: Six Concertos, June 2013
"Conductor Gil Rose draws an energetic, prismatic performance from BMOP, and the singing is uniformly excellent."
-Arts Fuse on John Harbison: Winter’s Tale, October 28, 2012
"The performance, under the direction of Gil Rose, is a blast, hitting the score’s marks with a kind of joyfully volatile precision."
-Matthew Guerrieri, New Music Box on Anthony Paul De Ritis: Devolution, August 2012
"As usual with Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, precision and passion magically fuse."
-Jed Distler, Gramophone on Ziporyn: Big Grenadilla/Mumbai, September 2012
"Excellent work, as usual, by Gil Rose and BMOP."
-Peter Burswasser, Fanfare on Eric Moe: Kick & Ride, March 2012
"Rose’s performance of the symphony, giving the music all the time it needs to breathe, is really something that it would have been a shame to miss."
-Paul Corfield Godfrey, Music Web on Alan Hovhaness: Exile Symphony, February 2012
"Under the baton of Gil Rose, the BMOP glows here."
-David Wolman, Fanfare on Lisa Bielawa: In medias res, January 2011
"For anyone interested in American music, this is an essential disc."
-Henry Fogel, Fanfare on Virgil Thomson: Three Pictures, January 2011
"Best Orchestral Finds of 2010."
-Classical Lost and Found on Virgil Thomson: Three Pictures, December 26, 2010
"Top Classical Album of 2010."
-Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe on Lisa Bielawa: In medias res, December 19, 2010
"53rd Annual Grammy Nominee."
-on Steven Mackey: Dreamhouse, December 3, 2010
"The playing of Gil Rose’s Boston Modern Orchestra Project is outstanding throughout, and the recording is excellent. A highly recommendable introduction to a significant figure in American musical history. Five stars."
-BBC Music Magazine on Virgil Thomson: Three Pictures, November 23, 2010
"Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project play with an authority that seems directly analogous to that shown by groups such as the London Sinfonietta."
-Colin Clarke, Fanfare on Elliott Schwartz: Chamber Concertos I-VI, March 2010
"Perhaps that’s due to Gil Rose’s emphasis on abrupt contrasts and brisk momentum; he takes the music at a faster pace and makes a good case for retrieving it from the vast and often misunderstood recesses of Cage’s catalog."
-Art Lange, Fanfare on John Cage: Sixteen Dances, March 2010
"BMOP plays beautifully under Gil Rose's inspired direction and the recording has great clarity, presence, and timbral fidelity."
-Robert Schulslaper, Fanfare on David Rakowski: Winged Contraption, May 2010
"Best CDs of 2009"
-WNYC on Derek Bermel: Voices, January 6, 2010
"Best CDs of 2009"
-San Jose Mercury News on Derek Bermel: Voices, January 1, 2010
"2010 Grammy Award Nominee"
-on Derek Bermel: Voices, December 2, 2009
"Best CDs of 2009"
-The Boston Globe on Louis Andriessen: La Passione, December 20, 2009
"Gil Rose’s Boston Modern Orchestra Project is a godsend for contemporary music fans and their curious cohorts … especially recommended."
-Jason Serinus, San Francisco Classical Voice on Derek Bermel: Voices, November 30, 2009
"Best CDs of 2009"
-The New York Times on Derek Bermel: Voices, November 23, 2009
"Under Gil Rose's direction, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project has developed into a true virtuoso ensemble."
-Andrew Farach-Colton, Gramophone on David Rakowski: Winged Contraption, October 2009
"The performances by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, led by Gil Rose are stellar."
-Stephen Eddins, Allmusic on John Harbison: Full Moon in March, September 2009
“Mr. Rose and his new-music band play it all with natural vitality.”
-Allan Kozinn, The New York Times on Derek Bermel: Voices, May 10, 2009
“Clarity and atmosphere are the bywords for these expert performances by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project under their indefatigable director Gil Rose.”
-Phillip Scott, Fanfare on Robert Erickson’s Auroras, March 2009
“Gil Rose guides it all with a firm hand, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project does a fine job giving us our first glimpse of an intriguing piece.”
-Mark Sebastian Jordan, Music Web International on Eric Sawyer: Our American Cousin, March 2009
“Best CDs of 2008”
-The Boston Globe on Lee Hyla: Lives of the Saints, January 2, 2009
“Gil Rose leads the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in evocative, committed performances. The sound is clean and spacious.”
-Stephen Eddins, Allmusic Guide on Charles Fussell: Wilde, January 2009
"2009 Grammy Award Nominee"
-on Charles Fussell: Wilde, December 4, 2008
“Best CDs of 2008”
-Downbeat Magazine on Gunther Schuller: Journey Into Jazz, December 2008
“Best Classical CDs”
-NPR on Gunther Schuller: Journey Into Jazz, December 1, 2008
“Under Gil Rose’s caring direction, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and stellar instrumental soloists give performances that are not likely to be surpassed for some time.”
-Jed Distler, Gramophone on Gunther Schuller: Journey Into Jazz, November 2008
“The sound is excellent and very transparent, maestro Gil Rose and his ensemble sound spectacular, and the physical product is stylish with copious notes and attractive visual art. A very promising debut, and alsoa great argument for the vigor and freshness of the Boston new music scene.”
-Robert Carl, Fanfare on Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant, November 2008
Best CDs of 2008”
-The New York Times on Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant, November 27, 2008
“The vibrant and wholly sympathetic performance conductor Gil Rose elicits from the orchestra displaces any trace of period dust.”
-Steve Futterman, JazzTimes on Gunther Schuller: Journey Into Jazz, October 2008
“They handle the rhythms crisply and manage to both swing and keep tight. A superior recording.”
-S.G.S., Classical CD Review on Gunther Schuller: Journey Into Jazz, August 2008
“Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra project are expert champions of this neglected score. The playing is detailed and sweeping, providing Harbison’s ballet with the intimacy and sonic splendor it needs to be revealed as a compelling achievement.”
-Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone on John Harbison: Ulysses, August 2008
“The Boston Modern Orchestra Project is currently one of the world’s great orchestras, recorded here with stunning detail and sensuous sheen. Gil Rose has prepared Harbison’s engrossing score meticulously.”
-Allen Gimbel, American Record Guide on John Harbison: Ulysses, August 2008
“CD Pick of the Week.”
-Brian Wise, WNYC on Michael Gandolfi: Y2K Compliant, May 5, 2008
“The Boston Modern Orchestra Project, conducted by Gil Rose, brings its considerable energy and virtuosity to these performances.”
-Stephen Eddins, All Music on Evan Ziporyn’s Frog’s Eye, December 2006
“Top 10 Classical 2006.”
-Peter Burwasser, Philadelphia City Paper on Evan Ziporyn’s Frog’s Eye, December 20, 2006
"Masterful and clean accompaniment by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project under the baton of Gil Rose."
-Sequenza21 on Stephen Paulus’ The Five Senses, November 7, 2005
"Sherry and Gil Rose’s terrific ensemble give the piece all they’ve got. It’s fun and stimulating, and I think you’ll enjoy it"
-Allen Gimbel, American Record Guide on Steven Mackey’s Banana/Dump Truck, September 2005
"Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project do the composer proud, realizing the vast range of expression inherent in the music … firmly recommended."
-John Story, Fanfare on Bernard Rands' Canti Trilogy, May 2005
"The Top 10 in Recording 2004: Bernard Rands Canti Trilogy (Arsis) Gil Rose and his Boston Modern Orchestra Project do full justice to a towering triptych... Conductor Rose and his 11-piece ensemble expertly render Rands' constantly shifting colors and textures."
-Steve Smith, Time Out New York on Bernard Rands' Canti Trilogy, December 30, 2004
"Gil Rose commands the ensemble with finesse and precision."
-Macdonald, American Record Guide on Reza Vali's Flute Concerto, September 2004
"Steered by the remarkable Gil Rose, the music never lulls or loses focus. The conductor keeps the music’s potential unruliness under control, letting it breathe, seethe and snarl as needed."
-Daniel Felsenfeld, Time Out New York on Lee Hyla’s Trans, March 18, 2004
"Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project rise bravely to the occasion, and no matter how disjointed the music becomes, they never make an ugly sound or lose sight of where the music is going."
-David Hurwitz, Classics Today on Lee Hyla’s Trans, February 2004
"Composer Arthur Berger died in October at 91, and this beautiful recording of his complete orchestral music makes a fitting testimonial."
-Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times on Arthur Berger’s Complete Orchestral Works, December 21, 2003
"The Year's Best Classical Recordings: Honorable Mention. The complete orchestra works of Arthur Berger, played by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project under Gil Rose (New World)."
-John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune on Arthur Berger's Complete Orchestral Works, December 12, 2004
"Gil Rose leads the NSO of Ukraine with an incisive baton throughout and seems intent on calling greater attention to Barber’s orchestration, an approach which at least in part accounts for the greater orchestral presence in the sound reproduction."
-Robert Cummings, Classical Net on Samuel Barber’s Vanessa, December 12, 2003
"Gil Rose keeps the performance zinging along, singing a song, as merry as can be. The opera is a triumph, and so is the recording!"
-Charles H. Parsons, American Record Guide on Lucas Foss’ Griffelkin, September 2003
"All due acknowledgement to the fine playing here by Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project."
-Ken Smith, Gramophone on Tod Machover’s Hyperstring Trilogy, March 2003
"The Boston Modern Orchestra Project delivers stirring and virtuosic performances under Gil Rose."
-Victor Carr Jr., Classics Today on George Rochberg’s Black Sounds, March 2003