Runswick - Trumpet Concerto, Symphony no.2 (Vinyl LP)
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Label: Prima Facie
Cat No: PFLP001
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 30th June 2023
The Raggle Taggle Gypsies (arr. Daryl Runswick)
ArtistsSteve Waterman (trumpet)
Heloise Werner (soprano)
The King’s Singers
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
"The Trumpet Concerto dates from the early 1980s and, despite being a classical piece, is heavily influenced by the jazz I was playing at the time. It therefore seemed appropriate, when looking for a soloist, to engage a jazz player, whose tone, approach and especially high notes would fit the style of writing in the solo part (classical players go for pure and piercing high notes, jazz players for visceral intensity). Up stepped Steve Waterman, nationally and internationally renowned in his field and a teacher at several major conservatoires. The combination of his worldview and that of the BBCNOW results in a stunning sound quite unlike anything you'll have heard before.
"My Second Symphony dates from 2004-5 when I was recovering from a serious illness. It was commissioned by my college, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, as a parting gift on my retirement as Head of Composition Faculty. It is dedicated to my dear friend Michael Gwinnell, whose name appears in coded form throughout the work. In addition to the orchestra there are two vocal soloists and electronics. Much philosophising goes on in the texts, as well as ranting and obscenity. As for the vocal soloists I had always intended myself to be one but for the other I needed a glorious female voice capable of interpretational extremes from tenderness to near-hysteria. Michael Gwinnell himself suggested Héloïse Werner, a young artist at the start of what I predict will be a stellar career (as a composer as well as a singer) and who here nails her vocals to the wall.
"With the two orchestral works already in the can, it occurred to me to open the album with a folk song. The Trumpet Concerto is actually a fantasia on The Raggle Taggle Gypsies with its dream of an escape to freedom. It so happens that in 1985 I arranged this song for The King's Singers for their CD Watching the White Wheat. What better opening for my album? The current King's Singers, nearly forty years after their illustrious predecessors, make a wonderful job of reviving the piece."
- Daryl Runswick, March 2023
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