“The unexpected delight of the evening was Enrico Chapela's Concerto for Electric Cello and Orchestra, otherwise known as MAGNETAR. Dudamel had given the world premiere in LA just three days before.”
"Chapela was on hand for "Li Po," a gruff, explosive essay for orchestra with electronics. Much of the score, with its growly sounds and blocky orchestral textures, is reminiscent of Varèse, but at the midpoint Chapela puts on his dancing shoes and breaks out of that mold to delightful effect."
Revving up with Adams, Chapela and Prokofiev.
"For the new piece, “Magnetar,” by Enrico Chapela, cellist Johannes Moser emerged with the Yamaha SVC-110SK electric cello, which has a fingerboard and strings, but with a body that is merely an empty outline. "
“…in composing [MAGNETAR, Chapela] aimed for an aptly outsized sound world. For the most part, he has suceded. […] Magnetar may not be everyone’s idea of a concerto, yet it fuses its influences into something both heavyweight and alluring.”
“Young and old -- in suits or T-shirts and jeans, in high heels or sneakers -- smiled, stood and cheered. There was no indication that I could see of shock, outrage or condescension. Delight seemed to pervade a packed house. This means that either Chapela is doing something very right or very wrong. Audiences have changed, and he has managed to please them.”
“ The new piece was Enrico Chapela’s “Private Alleles,” an eight-minute tone poem focusing on forms of human genes that, in this case, explain the genetic heritage of the composer’s fellow Mexicans. His use of the orchestra is seductive in the combinations of sound he bends into abrupt new shapes, alluding distantly to ancient Mexican folk music. ”
“The result is a major e-cello concerto—for electric cello, orchestra, and special effects—that could easily create demand for a second. (Perhaps Chapela could be persuaded to write a concerto for a conventional cello.) It's rich in jazz, rock, and Latin-American influences, and quotations, that are seamlessly integrated over a large, solid—but barely perceivable—under structure (assuring continuity). For 25 minutes, Chapela charts a riveting narrative of sounds that create their own reality of love, excitement, and drama [...] The crowd roared.”