Bates: Works for Orchestra San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas
- Mason Bates (1977- ): The B-Sides:
- 1I. Broom of the System04:12
- 2II. Aerosol Melody, "Hanalei"04:00
- 3III. Gemini in the Solar Wind05:32
- 4IV. Temescal Noir03:14
- 5V. Warehouse Medicine04:45
- Liquid Interface:
- 6I. Glaciers Calving06:47
- 7II. Scherzo Liquido03:54
- 8III. Crescent City08:24
- 9IV. On the Wannsee04:29
- Alternative Energy:
- 10I. Ford's Farm, 189607:07
- 11II. Chicago, 201205:53
- 12III. Xinjiang Province, 211208:05
- 13IV. Reykjavik, 222204:52
Info for Bates: Works for Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony release an exhilarating album of composer Mason Bates’s large-scale works for orchestra and electronica. Hear the first-ever recordings of his colossal Liquid Interface and the SFS-commissioned The B-Sides alongside Bates’s supercharged work, Alternative Energy. One of the most creative and ingenuous synthesists of our time, these works show Bates reimagining the dimensions of symphonic music by integrating jazz, techno, drum-n-bass, field recordings of a FermiLab particle collider—and more.
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s live concert recording of works by Bay Area composer Mason Bates was nominated for a 2017 Grammy® Award early December in the category of Best Orchestral Performance. MTT and the SFS have championed Bates’ works for over a decade, evolving a partnership built on multi-year commissioning, performing, recording, and touring projects.
“This is new music as you always hoped it would be—exciting, beautiful, surprising, and full of a vivid sense of discovery.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
"... Each suite of short sound pictures beguiles the listener, the orchestra deployed like an organic synthesiser, augmented by otherworldly electronic effects and samples. If John Adams and perhaps Paul Schoenfield are strong influences, Bates is very much his own man and this superbly recorded disc will make him many new friends." (Guy Weatherall, Classical Music magazine)
"...Mason Bates’ music joyfully embraces a multiplicity of musical worlds it’s music of tremendous imaginatona and finesse." (Andrew Clements, The Guardian)
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Mason Bates, electronica
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