The album release on BMOP/sound of Elliott Carter: Ballets, recorded by Boston Modern Orchestra Project and conducted by Gil Rose, showcases the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner’s two ballet scores, The Minotaur (1947) and Pocahontas (1939).
Gil Rose on the ballets of Elliott Carter
“He could really write a lush orchestration, and with a big string section. In that way its inspiration is more a Romantic ballet than a 20th-century ballet. So it’s more like Prokofiev than anything else —nothing like the Neo-Classical stuff that does take him by storm down the road. The Minotaur is more like that. There’s a big pas de deux in it that could have come out of any middle-period Stravinsky ballet.
“In both of these ballets, the sophisticated use of harmony and rhythm foreshadows the stuff to come…He’s obviously a brilliant composer.”
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