ARTHUR BERGER: ‘Words for Music, Perhaps,’ and Other Works
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose, conductor (BMOP/sound)
By Anthony Tommasini via The New York Times
The American composer Arthur Berger, who died at 91 in 2003, first emerged in the 1940s writing vibrant, pointed Neo-Classical works. Over time he embraced 12-tone techniques, but, in his own distinctive way, retained crystalline Neo-Classical clarity and directness. A recent recording from the conductor Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project presents a diversity of Berger works ranging from “Words for Music, Perhaps” (songs on Yeats poems originally composed in 1940) to the intricately engrossing Diptych: Collage I and Collage II from the 1990s. Mr. Rose has long been a Berger champion.