“A big work with big ideas” – Opera News review

A pleasant surprise arrived in the mail this week: Opera News in its May 2014 issue gives the Dallas Opera's production of Tod Machover's "Death and the Powers" a glowing review. Writer Andrew Sigler praises the opera as "a big work with big ideas," and notes that "Machover brings to bear his considerable technical prowess …

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Reviews of “Death and the Powers” in Dallas

Congratulations to the cast, crew and incredible team that pulled off last night's flawless opening night performance of the Dallas Opera's production of "Death and the Powers"!! Much relief all around that the Operabots, moving walls and chandelier were all in splendid working order after three years in the warehouse. Reviews are coming in! The …

21c Liederabend (Reviews)

Last week's 21c Liederabend at the Brooklyn Academy of Music garnered some media attention. Here's the New York Times' review: A Wink Toward Tradition in a Modern Evening. Public radio station WNYC provided a preview and aired "Sophia's Aria" from Tod Machover's opera VALIS. Listen here: A Modern Liederabend. This year's 21c Lieberabend included a performance of …

The Scotsman reviews “Festival City”

"Festival City", which received its world premiere on August 27th at Edinburgh's Usher Hall, garnered a favorable notice in The Scotsman: Machover’s new work – a moody soundscape combining recorded audio bites of Edinburgh with bristling, atmospheric live orchestral impressions, and created from material submitted over the internet – was anything but gimmicky. Driven by …

New Music Connoisseur reviews “…but not simpler…”

Critic Andrew Violette reviews Tod Machover's latest CD "...but not simpler..." in the current (Fall/Winter 2011) issue of New Music Connoisseur. The full review is available here. We especially appreciate that Mr. Violette sees past the technology to the essence of the music. For Tod, technology is part Muse, part means, but never the end …

Review: Machover CD an “absolutely stunning experience”

by Phil Muse for Atlanta Audio Video Club, reproduced here with permission “…but not simpler,” music of Tod Machover The iO String quartet; Michael Chertock, hyperpiano Paul Mann, Odense Symphony Orchestra Bridge Records I know I’m getting along in years when I start encountering composers that I’m old enough to beat up. In the case …