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M Gordon: Dystopia

Magazine article Gramophone

M Gordon: Dystopia

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M Gordon

Dystopia (a). Rewriting Beethoven's Seventh Symphony (b) (b) Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / Jonathan Nott; (a) Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / David Robertson Canteloupe (F) CA21105 (53' * DDD) Recorded live at the (b) Beethovenfest, Bonn, September 30,2006; (a) Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, January 12,2008

Best known for his work with ensembles (not least in Bang on a Can), Michael Gordon is no slouch when it comes to translating his high-octane idiom into the orchestral genre. Whether or not Dystopia was meant to be heard in the context of a film by Bill Morrison, its use of techniques from 15th-century hocketing to 1990s 'drum and bass' results in music which, if it does not quite sustain momentum across the half-hour duration, is still impressive for its rhythmic propulsion and an accruing of incident right through to those tumultuous final bars.

After which Rewriting Beethoven's Seventh Symphony feels outwardly the more schematic in its evolution. …

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