Aureole etc.




Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line




Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


CD REVIEW

Some items
to consider

 


Enjoy the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra wherever you are. App available for iOS and Android

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage


Decca Phase 4 - 40CDs


Judith Bailey, George Lloyd


BAX Orchestral pieces


CASKEN Violin Concerto

Schumann Symphonies Rattle


Complete Brahms
Bargain price

 

alternatively AmazonUK AmazonUS

 

Jon LORD (b. 1941)
Boom of the Tingling Strings (Concerto for Piano and Orchestra) (2002) [36:36]
Disguises, for string orchestra (2006) [35:38]
Nelson Goerner, (piano)
Odense Symfoniorkester/Paul Mann
rec. 11-15 December 2006, Carl Nielsen Hall, Odense.
EMI CLASSICS 3905282 [72:14] 
Experience Classicsonline


EMI Classics was once known as a bulwark of the staid and conservative classical music tradition. In recent years they have moved out of their long-held mold not only to assemble one of the world’s most impressive stables of young artists, but into some adventuresome and fascinating repertoire choices. This disc of works by Jon Lord, known to many a rock fan as the co-founder of Deep Purple, is cause for rejoicing.

In an era when most composers can only manage to assemble collections of sound effects, it is refreshing indeed to hear music that is in many ways all things to all people. Jon Lord is obviously versed in his native land’s traditions, as there are ample slices of the serenely melodic English Pastoral School in these two works. And yet, he manages to intersperse elements of jazz, a goodly sprinkling of dissonance, and some jarring rhythmic gestures into two works that will, I hope, become regular guests on the world’s concert stages. To his eternal credit, he avoids the episodic style of writing that is to these ears, the downfall of many a young composer’s work. 

The piano concerto, based on a poem by D. H. Lawrence is highly programmatic. Lord makes every attempt to reflect the words of the 1918 poem Piano. Thus he creates moments of tranquil beauty in which the orchestra is every bit as much the soloist as the pianist. Then there are more sonorous passages that are reminiscent of the busy and thundering textures of Rachmaninov. And, not to let go of his roots as a blues man, there are rollicking displays of technical prowess that make heavy demands on the soloist, and startle the listener out of a reverie or two. All of these devices live under a structural framework that is easy to follow, and which belies the composer’s long experience as a popular song writer. There is much in this music to grab and hold onto. 

Soloist and orchestra team up nicely here and it is especially gratifying to hear them stay out of each other’s way when the score calls for such behavior. Nelson Goerner knows how to turn an elegant phrase, and the pearly beauty he creates in his softer playing is most becoming. No slouch when it comes to hammering out a tune, he can pour on the sound when he needs to. The most impressive facet of his playing is his ability to keep all things in proportion and pull off a performance that leaves the listener anxious for what he’ll hear next. 

Also on the program is the colorful Disguises; portraits in sound of some of the composer’s close friends, the entire work being dedicated to the late lamented Sir Malcolm Arnold. The work is a kaleidoscope of contrasts, each movement reflecting vividly the distinct personality of the person being portrayed. Stylistically the music runs in a steady progression from Vaughan Williams to Britten and even to Shostakovich, but in general tone, it is always lush and romantic. It is obvious that this rock star knows his classical literature, and has managed to assimilate his vast reference pool into a fresh and original voice of his own. 

Disguises is given a first rate performance by the Odense orchestra, a band which I had heretofore not heard. They are a welcome addition to any listener’s options! How splendid it is to hear such well crafted music for a change. One can hope that EMI will take it upon themselves to give us more of Mr. Lord’s works in the very near future. 

Kevin Sutton 

see also Reviews by Patrick Gary and Rob Barnett

 


 


Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample
 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
.
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Comment
Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips


Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools




Return to Review Index

Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.