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Bernard Hoffer: Cosmic
Albany Records, 2012
featuring Jan Mueller-Szeraws, cello, and Albert Regni, saxophone
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Bernard Hoffer:
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano "Cosmic"
Five Anecdotes for Saxophone & String Trio
Concerto di Camera II for Cello & Chamber Ensemble



Bernard Hoffer: Ballets for Children of All Ages
Albany Records, 2005
featuring Bob McGrath, narrator
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Bernard Hoffer:
Ma Goose
A Boston Cinderella

These scores take an off-beat spin on two familiar storylines (somehow, the Red Sox get involved with Cinderella's family). Bernard Hoffer, born in Switzerland, studied at the Eastman School of Music with Louis Mennini, Wayne Barlow, and Bernard Rogers. Even if you've never heard of him, you've heard his music, for his specialty over the years has been commercial music for such clients as McDonald's, Ford, and Chevrolet. For the past fifteen years he has devoted his time to concert works. These two delightful scores are performed by Boston Musica Viva and Richard Pittman and the one-and-only Bob McGrath, who recently celebrated his 43rd year on Sesame Street.

Hear BMV perform Ma Goose live at the 20th Annual Family Concert, 2/10/2013! (link to sound file)


Rava Deravin

Eitan Steinberg: Rava Deravin
featuring Etty Ben-Zaken, vocalist
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Eitan Steinberg:
Rava Deravin
Two Grandfathers Sing*
Talk Talk Talk
In a Hidden Cleft Among Cliffs a Gazelle Drinks Water

Eitan Steinberg, one of Israel's most prominent and active composers, graduated from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music, and made further studies at the Chigiana Academy in Siena, Italy. He received his Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of California at Berkeley, where he taught as a Visiting Lecturer in 1999. Among his teachers are composers Mark Kopytman, Richard Felciano, Luciano Berio, Peter Maxwell-Davies and Franco Donatoni. As a man who grew up in Israel, studied in Italy and California and then returned to live, compose and teach in Israel - his music embodies the convergence of different cultures, and is inspired by traditional and folk materials from around the world.


Hale Smith

Music of Hale Smith
featuring the Slovenic Symphony Orchestra, the Alexandria Choral Society, et al.
CRI, 2000
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Hale Smith:
Dialogues & Commentaries
Variations à due
The Valley Wind
Toussaint L’Ouverture, 1803
In Memoriam –
Beryl Rubinstein

Hale Smith was born in Cleveland in 1925. Before moving to New York in 1958, he supplemented his education at the Cleveland Institute of Music with rich experiences that provided the background for his work in New York as a music editor. Smith is widely regarded for his use of serial techniques, writing his own texts, arranging jazz tunes, and composing jingles.


Music of William Kraft
featuring Jane Manning, soprano
Albany Records, 1996
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William Kraft:
Settings from Pierrot Lunaire
Concerto for Percussion and Chamber Ensemble

William Kraft was appointed to the Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Chair in Music Composition at the University of California at Santa Barbara in September 1991, in recognition of his long and distinguished career as a composer, conductor, and teacher. He served as percussionist and timpanist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1955-1981, and he was the orchestra's first composer-in-residence. Jane Manning has long been established internationally as a leading exponent of contemporary music, with more than 300 premieres to her credit. Her extensive discography includes works by Messiaen, Schoenberg, and Ligeti, with conductors such as Boulez and Rattle.



Music for Chamber Ensemble
Neuma, 1992
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Olly Wilson
Peter Lieberson
Bernard Rands
John Thow
A City Called Heaven
Raising the Gaze
“…in the receding mist”
All Hallows


Enjoying a long relationship with each of these composers, BMV and Music Director Richard Pittman gave the premiers of each work on this album.



Electro Acoustic Music II
featuring The Electric Phoenix, Luca Paccagnella, et al.
Neuma Records, 1991
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Gerald Shapiro
Jonathan Berger
James Dashow
John Duesenberry
Peter Child
An Island of Tears
Agitato (Ergo Sum)

Fanfare Magazine wrote,"Neuma's second compilation of electroacoustic music offers a stimulating mix." This album features Music Director Richard Pittman and BMV in MIT Professor of Music Peter Child’s Ensemblence.



Additional Titles
Through the years, BMV and Music Director Richard Pittman have released over 20 recordings of the music of our time. Additional titles are available for purchase on Amazon.com and iTunes.

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