Familiar and Unfamiliar Both Shine

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Going into 2023, the Boston Symphony Orchestra had played Brahms’s Fourth Symphony 457 times. You could imagine BSO patrons might have had enough of the piece by now, but for No. 458 on Thursday, under music director Andris Nelsons, Symphony Hall was pretty well filled for a cold, windy January evening. It should be noted …

Mackey Ponders the Universe in Concerto for Curved Space

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In January, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons give the world premiere of Steven Mackey’s Concerto for Curved Space, a work that draws on the composer’s interest in physics and contemplates our perceived reality of the universe. A physics major in college, Mackey has frequently written works that reflect his awe and wonder of the …

GRAMMY-Winning Composer Steven Mackey Releases New Portrait Album of Music for Orchestra, Beautiful Passing

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Featuring the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Led by David Robertson in Mackey’s Mnemosyne’s Pool and his Violin Concerto Beautiful Passing with Anthony Marwood  On Friday, December 9, 2022, GRAMMY-winning composer Steven Mackey releases a portrait album of his music for violin and orchestra, Beautiful Passing, on Canary Classics. Works include Mackey’s violin concerto Beautiful Passing (2008), …

Les Violons du Roy – Steven Mackey – Four Iconoclastic Episodes

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Anthony Marwood weaves different eras together in an extraordinary concert built around Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. He performs this musical monument in conjunction with one compelling 21st century work : Four Iconoclastic Episodes, composed especially for Mr. Marwood by Steven Mackey. Here is M. Mackey describing his compositions. www.violonsduroy.com

A Composer Who Escapes Easy Labels

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“Some of my favorite pianistic influences have a charming wrongness to them, like Thelonious Monk, who just managed to play the right ‘wrong’ notes,” Mr. Mackey said. “At the other end of the spectrum is Bach’s ‘Well-Tempered Clavier’ — to me that is still the most virtuosic sounding piano music.”