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Mason Bates: The (R) evolution of Steve Jobs SACD

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  • Conductor: n/a
  • Composer: Mason Bates
  • Audio CD (22 Jun. 2018)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: SACD
  • Label: Pentatone
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prologue (Garage)
  2. Overture
  3. Scene 1 (Launch)
  4. Scene 2 (Office)
  5. Meditative Interlude
  6. Scene 3 (Kobun)
  7. Scene 4 (Reed College)
  8. Scene 5 (Garage)
  9. Scene 6 (Orchard) - I Could Learn to Like You
  10. Scene 7 (Kobun) - Take One Step
  11. Scene 8 (Stanford)
  12. Scene 9 (Garage)
  13. Something We Play

Disc: 2

  1. Scene 10 (Home)
  2. Scene 11 (Garage)
  3. Interlude: The Rise and Fall of Steve Jobs
  4. Scene 12 (Corporate Offices)
  5. Goliath
  6. Scene 12 (Coda)
  7. Dark Interlude
  8. Scenes 13-14-15 (Kobun)
  9. Scene 16 - Humans Are Messy
  10. Lyrical Interlude
  11. Scene 17 (Wedding)
  12. Scene 18 (Memorial Service)
  13. Look Up, Look Out - Epilogue

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In their astounding new opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell explore the spiritual evolution of one of the most influential men of modern times as he creates a revolutionary new world of technological empowerment, then discovers a larger world within himself.

Like Steve Jobs, composer Mason Bates is an innovator whose creativity breaks through boundaries, combining traditional orchestration with electronics in ways that have made him one of the most sought-after and widely programmed composers in the United States. In The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Bates and Campbell give us an alternative and intimate perspective of a public life, examining the people and experiences that shaped Steve Jobs: his father, his Buddhist practice, his rise and fall as an executive, and finally his marriage to the woman who showed him the power of human connection.


Orson Welles turned the life of a corporate monster into drama but Mason Bates's Steve Jobs is no Charles Foster Kane. Indeed Mark Campbell's libretto is as flat as an iPhone, wrapping itself around that ancient tale of a bad man saved by the love of a good woman. Bates's Jobs, a supremely selfish perfectionist, is rescued by his wife Laurene with the help of a Buddhist monk with a gift for spiritual platitudes. As you might expect the Apple that falls from Bates and Campbell's tree is unmistakably New Age. The problem with music drama rooted in contemporary history is that we have a string of questions in our minds before the curtain rises, and so many questions are left unanswered. How did the hippie teenager making electronic toys in his garage with his best friend `Woz' metamorphose into the Emperor of Silicon Valley? What on earth did Laurene see in Steve who had already abandoned a girlfriend when she fell pregnant? Sometimes the score banishes such questions, but Bates's music never entirely rises to that challenge. There's a particular sound in the orchestra for each character. For Jobs it's that 1960s talisman the acoustic guitar which soon becomes a repetitive cliché. Elsewhere there are the chugging jazzy rhythms we associate with Minimalism, and scurrying strings punctuated by electronic samplings that sound like breaking wind. Kelly Markgraf does his best for Jobs, and the splendid Sasha Cooke is an appealing Laurene. Wei Wu as the Buddhist guru sings as deep down as all wise men do in music drama. And in the pit Michael Christie keeps the pot boiling, but it's thin gruel. Christopher Cook PERFORMANCE ** RECORDING ****. --BBC Music Magazine

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