MP3 London Symphony Orchestra/Peter Boyer, conductor - The Music of Peter Boyer
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CLASSICAL: Orchestral, CLASSICAL: Contemporary
The acclaimed debut recording of GRAMMY®-nominated composer Peter Boyer with the world-renowned London Symphony Orchestra is re-released by Propulsive Music. Featuring the works âCelebration Overture,â âTitanic,â âThree Olympians,â âThe Phoenix,â âGhosts of Troy,â and âNew Beginnings,â the album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and originally released by Koch International Classics in 2001. Out of print since 2005, and remastered in 2007 for superior sonic quality, the recording is being reissued under Boyerâs own Propulsive Music label. In its original release, the recording enjoyed widespread critical acclaim and was broadcast extensively throughout the United States and Europe. The recording was produced by GRAMMY® winner Michael Fine.
Peter Boyer has emerged in recent years as one of the most frequently performed young American orchestral composers, whose music has been widely acclaimed for its dramatic strength and evocative power. Still in his mid-30s, his orchestral works have received nearly 200 public performances, by more than 60 orchestras. His music has received many national and international radio broadcasts, including NPR in the U.S., Classic FM in the U.K., Bayerischer Rundfunk in Germany, Radio France, and ABC in Australia. In 2001, at age 31, he became one of the youngest composers in the world to have an entire disc of his music recorded by a world-class orchestra and distributed by an international record label. Boyer has won six national competitions, including two BMI Awards, the First Music Carnegie Hall commission, and the Ithaca College Heckscher Prize. Orchestras which have performed his music include the Dallas Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Bamberg Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, and dozens of others.
Boyerâs major work âEllis Island: The Dream of America,â which celebrates the historic American immigrant experience, has been his most successful composition to date. This work was commissioned by The Bushnell Performing Arts Center, and its premiere performance, by the Hartford Symphony under Boyerâs direction, was broadcast on NPRâs SymphonyCast. âEllis Islandâ has been enjoying an extraordinary performance history, with over 80 performances by 40 orchestras from its debut in 2002 through the 2007-08 season, making it one of the most-performed large-scale American orchestral works of the last decade. Boyerâs recording of the work was released by Naxos in its American Classics Series in May 2005, and it received a GRAMMY® Award nomination for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.
In addition to his work for the concert hall, Boyer is active in the film and television industry. He recently composed scores for four episodes of The History Channel series âEngineering an Empire.â Boyer has contributed orchestrations to such film scores as âMission: Impossible IIIâ (Paramount), âFantastic Fourâ (20th Century Fox), âOpen Rangeâ (Touchstone), âFirst Daughterâ (Regency), and âAgainst the Ropesâ (Paramount), among others. Film and television composers for whom he has orchestrated include Michael Giacchino, the late Michael Kamen, John Ottman, Graeme Revell, Bill Conti, and Mark Watters. Boyer has composed scores for several short films, including âCovenant,â which played at more than twenty film festivals in the U.S. and Europe. His music is featured in the forthcoming documentary feature film âFrom the 50 Yard Lineâ (Blake House Media).
Boyerâs music has been praised in such publications as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA TODAY, https://www.tradebit.com, Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine, which featured him in its âFast Track: Rising Starâ column. Boyer holds the Helen M. Smith Chair in Music at Claremont Graduate University, where he has taught since 1996. He also served as a conductor at the Henry Mancini Institute summer program from 1997-2002. A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Boyer received his Bachelorâs degree from Rhode Island College, which awarded him an honorary Doctor of Music degree in 2004. He received Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, which named him its 2002 Alumnus of the Year. Following his doctoral work, Boyer studied privately with John Corigliano in New York, then relocated to Los Angeles, studying film music with Elmer Bernstein, David Raksin, Buddy Baker, Christopher Young, and others at USC. In 2003, Boyer launched Propulsive Music, a publishing company representing his music.
PRESS QUOTES on âThe Music of Peter Boyerâ with the London Symphony Orchestra, original release (2001)
âPeter Boyer makes a most impressive debut on disc as composer and conductor of his own music. ...At its finest, his music is attractive, finely crafted with a genuine humanity, refreshing for being nondidactic in these times of preachy self-importance. ...Boyer shows himself an assured podium figure, eliciting playing of tremendous drive and sympathy from a very engaged London Symphony Orchestra. This marks a most auspicious debut for a young composer we will definitely hear more from in the future.â
âLawrence Johnson, South Florida SunâSentinel
âBoyer is, without question, a serious talent and a composer to watch.â
âDavid Hurwitz, https://www.tradebit.com
âPeter Boyer seems to have swallowed much of 20th-century American music whole and spit it back out with a gift for melody, a sense of wonder, fine craftsmanship, and a solid foundation in works that came before.â
âDaniel Buckley, Tucson Citizen
âCrowd-pleasing, tuneful music, confidently realised and sumptuously engineered... A burgeoning cinematic and theatrical flair informs the earliest piece here, the 1995 tone-poem âTitanicâ... Ecstatically received by American audiences, it exhibits a formidable technical assurance... readily approachable and expertly scored... his versatility and skill are not in doubt... the LSO (and their superb brass in particular) have a field day under the composerâs lead... Spectacularly vivid sound, too.â
âAndrew Achenbach, Gramophone
âThe ability to tell a story or paint a scene in music has been scorned for a while in academic circles, but it has never lost its fans among ordinary music-lovers, and in Boyer it has found a skilled, vigorous new champion.â
âJoe McLellan, classical music critic emeritus of The Washington Post, for https://www.tradebit.com
â...The sparkling and sure-handed music of Peter Boyer...expressed in characteristically exuberant, ingenious orchestration.â
âSteve Metcalf, The Hartford Courant
â...he can set a scene or create a mood rapidly and unambiguously; he writes with great flair for big orchestras. His manifest destiny is to compose music for Hollywood blockbusters. But, while waiting for the call from the major studios, he has composed several pieces for various American orchestras of unarguable effectiveness...â **** (for performance)
âAnthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine
âPeter Boyerâs style...is American to the marrow: rock-solid in technique, brimming with energy... The best worksâthe coruscating âCelebration Overture,â and the strongly inventive âThree Olympiansââare excellent. ...the LSO is impressive throughout.â
âMalcolm Hayes, Classic FM Magazine
âPeter Boyer sums up laid-back American eclecticism... He conducts the London Symphony Orchestra (in brilliant, ebullient form) in his unashamedly accessible music, from a bouncy âCelebration Overtureâ to evocations of Greek myth.â
âMartin Hoyle, The Mail on Sunday (UK national newspaper)
â...at least three of the pieces here strike me as potentially having a long life in the concert hall. Not bad for a composer barely out of his twenties. ...His tone poem âTitanicâ...is far and away the most adventuresome music here harmonically, and, for a composer at that stage of his career, it is a remarkable work. ...The performances under the composerâs direction are wonderfully sonorous, and he gets splendid playing from the London Symphony, once again at the forefront of Londonâs virtuoso orchestras. Certainly a voice worth keeping an eye on...â
âJohn Story, Fanfare
âFrom that latter category [film composers] Boyer has embraced the value of making his music easily accessible, of speaking in large rhetorical and melodic gestures, of setting mood directly and unequivocally, of clothing his ideas in resourceful and colorful orchestration. From that former category [concert hall composers] he has learned to deploy the unexpected harmonic move, the clever juxtaposition of disparate melodic or rhythmic elements, the value of sound symphonic development... [On âThree Olympiansâ:] His string writing is resourceful, and, like everything else on this release, effective... If you are a fan of film music, then by all means acquire this one. It is beautifully conducted and performed by a most informed young composer.â
âWilliam Zagorski, Fanfare
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