Glass, Rutter & Françaix: Harpsichord Concertos

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Glass, Rutter & Françaix: Harpsichord Concertos



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2nd Sept 2013




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Glass, Rutter & Françaix: Harpsichord Concertos


Concerto pour clavecin

Glass, P:

Harpsichord Concerto


Suite Antique for flute, harpsichord and strings

with John McMurtery (flute)

Christopher D. Lewis (harpsichord)

West Side Chamber Orchestra, Kevin Mallon


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Attracted by a delightful fusion of early music sonorities with modern expressiveness, the three composers in this amazingly rich and varied programme build on the magnificent harpsichord concerto legacy of J. S. Bach. John Rutter’s beautiful Suite Antique is full of rich and haunting themes, with a significant solo flute part and a jazzy Waltz which is as much Brubeck as Bach. Philip Glass delivers an exciting experience of virtuoso instrumental blending and solo expressiveness, and with typical wit and elegance. Jean Françaix’s Concerto is terrific fun throughout.

John Rutter: Suite Antique

I. Prelude

II. Ostinato

III. Aria

IV. Waltz

V. Chanson

VI. Rondeau

Philip Glass: Harpsichord Concerto




Jean Francaix: Harpsichord Concerto

I. Toccata I

II. Toccata II

III. Andantino

IV. Menuet

V. Finale

Maurice Ohana: So Tango

So Tango

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas Issue 2013


“Typically adventurous, Naxos programmes Rutter's pastoral prettiness with Glass's insistent dancing patterns and Francaix's lissom, quirky lyricism.”

Gramophone Magazine

November 2013

“[the Glass] makes for an understated and appealing piece, and one to which Christopher D Lewis is as responsive as he is to the other works here - sensitively accompanied by the West Side Chamber Orchestra under the attentive direction of Kevin Mallon...If the programme appeals, then there is no need to hesitate.”

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