Hyperstring Trilogy CD

  Tod Machover

The Hyperstring Trilogy has been recognized as one of Tod Machover's most important works. The three pieces are written for hyperinstruments, specially designed musical instruments enhanced and expanded using technology, invented by Machover and his team at the Media Lab in 1986.

Begin Again Again for Hypercello, the first of the works that comprise the Hyperstring Trilogy, was written for Yo-Yo Ma and was premiered at the Tanglewood Festival in 1991. Kim Kashkashian and the Los Angeles Philharmonic premiered Song of Penance for Hyperviola and Chamber Orchestra in 1992. Forever and Ever was premiered in 1993 by Ani Kavafian and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Machover always planned the three works as an evening-long trilogy, loosely based on the dramatic and psychological sweep of Dante's Divine Comedy. The Trilogy explores loss and gain, pain and recovery, despair and hope and, in passing, what is lost and gained by technology.

A critically acclaimed recording of the Hyperstring Trilogy is available on Oxingale Records, featuring soloists Matt Haimovitz, Kim Kashkashian, and Ani Kavafian, along with Gil Rose leading the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. CD available on Oxingale Records and on iTunes.


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