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The Ground Beneath Our Feet / The Knights


Release Date: 01/27/2015 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 617098   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Steve ReichJohann Sebastian BachIgor StravinskyColin Jacobsen,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Knights
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded live in concert at Dumbarton Oaks in DC, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Stravinsky’s chamber concerto at the Washington estate for which it was originally named, 'the ground beneath our feet' brings together radically divergent examples of the concerto grosso, by composers ranging from Bach and Haydn to those of the present day, by way of modern masters Stravinsky and Steve Reich. True to their collegial creed, The Knights’ own contribution to the form – the title track, …the ground beneath our feet, recorded here for the first time – is a genuine group composition, collaborative from inception to interpretation. Also receiving its world premiere recording is the Concerto for Santur, Violin, and Orchestra, which represents Read more the third collaboration between longtime friends and musical partners Colin Jacobsen and Siamak Aghaei, leading exponent of the Iranian santur, or hammered dulcimer. The Knights juxtapose these two original concerto grossi with four earlier examples of the form. Representing its apotheosis in the Baroque is the Concerto for Violin and Oboe by J.S. Bach, whose third Brandenburg Concerto provided the model for Stravinsky’s neoclassical masterpiece “Dumbarton Oaks.” Steve Reich’s Duet for Two Violins and Strings is dedicated to Yehudi Menuhin and “the ideals of international understanding which he practiced throughout his life.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Duet for 2 Violins and Orchestra by Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Knights
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
2.
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Knights
Period: Baroque 
3.
Concerto in E flat major "Dumbarton Oaks" by Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Knights
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 
4.
Concerto for Santur and Violin by Colin Jacobsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Knights
5.
The ground beneath our feet by Eric Jacobson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Knights
Notes: This was written in collaboration with other members of The Knights. 

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