Rands - Concerto for Piano & Orchestra, Music for Shoko, Canti del Sole | Lyrita SRCD379

Rands - Concerto for Piano & Orchestra, Music for Shoko, Canti del Sole

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Label: Lyrita

Cat No: SRCD379

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 3rd May 2019

Contents

Artists

Jonathan Biss (piano)
Robert Walters (cor anglais)
Stephen Rose (violin)
Jeffrey Zehngut (violin)
Joanna Patterson Zakany (viola)
Charles Bernard (cello)
Stephen Chaundy (tenor)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Conductors

Markus Stenz
William Boughton

Works

Rands, Bernard

Canti del Sole for tenor and orchestra
Concerto for piano and orchestra
Music for Shoko: Aubade

Artists

Jonathan Biss (piano)
Robert Walters (cor anglais)
Stephen Rose (violin)
Jeffrey Zehngut (violin)
Joanna Patterson Zakany (viola)
Charles Bernard (cello)
Stephen Chaundy (tenor)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Conductors

Markus Stenz
William Boughton

About

The international reputation of Bernard Rands as one of the leading composers of his generation rests on over a hundred well-crafted scores of notable formal cohesion, dramatic intensity and lyrical beauty.

The Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (2013) was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in celebration of Randsís eightieth birthday year and as implied by its title, the piece is for piano and orchestra rather than a piano concerto. Hence, the solo part is primus inter pares and is not required to play the conventional role of a protagonist striving heroically for supremacy over the masses.

Canti del Sole, for tenor and orchestra (1983) describes a dayís progression from dawn to dusk through a continuous setting of fourteen poems about the sun. The poems are arranged into two groups of seven.

Music for Shoko: Aubade is an atmospheric mini-tone poem for English horn and string quartet (2017). It is dedicated to Bernard Randsís friend Shoko Suzuki in appreciation of their many years of friendship and her devotion to the composerís music. The piece is a transcription of the central ĎAubadeí movement from the Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra, which was written for the soloist Robert Walters. The solo part of the chamber piece is identical to that of the concerto movement, while the orchestral music is accommodated, with adjustments, by the string quartet.

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