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Don Ray: Piano Concerto, Etc / Gleeson, Dublin Po

Release Date: 05/25/2004 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 662   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Don Brandon Ray
Performer:  Conor Linehan
Conductor:  Derek Gleeson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia BulgaricaDublin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Don Ray was born, reared and educated in Southern California, where he took his B.A. at U.C.L.A. and his M.A. from California State University. He joined the CBS-TV Music Staff in 1956 and remained there as Music Supervisor until retirement in 1986. While there, he composed scores for G.E. Theater, Gunsmoke, Twilight Zone, CBS Movie-of-the-Week, and Hawaii Five-O, the latter bringing an Emmy nomination for best dramatic score. On leaving CBS, he turned to writing concert music. He has also been active in teaching film scoring techniques. His Piano Concerto is in four movements, employs the standard symphony orchestra and lasts about 40 minutes. It was begun in Dublin in 2000 and completed in Los Angeles in 2001. Family Portrait, Suite No. 2 Read more contains a series of character studies and events in the family of the composer's grandparents who homesteaded a farm in the American Northwest around 1900. This suite is drawn from the original work which has thirteen movements. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano by Don Brandon Ray
Performer:  Conor Linehan (Piano)
Conductor:  Derek Gleeson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Bulgarica
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Composition written: Dublin, Ireland (2000).
Composition revised: Los Angeles, California (2001). 
Family Portrait: Suite no 2 by Don Brandon Ray
Conductor:  Derek Gleeson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto: I. Allegro pesante
Piano Concerto: II. Moderato
Piano Concerto: III. Scherzo a la Burlesca
Piano Concerto: IV. Allegro energico
Family Portrait: Suite No. 2: I. A Death in the Family
Family Portrait: Suite No. 2: II. Carl, a gentle soul trapped in a terrible marriage
Family Portrait: Suite No. 2: III. Grandma, a woman of quiet goodness
Family Portrait: Suite No. 2: IV. Lotte and Ross, the lovers
Family Portrait: Suite No. 2: V. Don Ed, the last-born
Family Portrait: Suite No. 2: VI. Remembering Them
Family Portrait: Suite No. 2: VII. Saturday Night in Town, 1900

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