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Järvlepp: Garbage Concerto; Kalnins: Rock Symphony

Release Date: 05/15/2000 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1052   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jan JärvleppImants Kalnins
Conductor:  Lan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kroumata Percussion EnsembleSingapore Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The two works on this release are relatively easy-going affairs that attempt, with some success, at melding various aspects of popular music--Imants Kalninš's "Rock" Symphony with its bizarre instrumentation, and the "garbage" in Jan Järvlepp's Garbage Concerto. The music is quite interesting to listen to, but whether these works hold up over time is anyone's guess. The problem here, and it seems to be a problem with most hybrid genres, is one of miking. Järvlepp's Garbage Concerto (1996) makes use of metal cans, glass jars, plastic bottles, hubcaps, and the like. This isn't Edgar Varèse or Frank Zappa; the music is tightly controlled and thoroughly tonal. But the miking on the solo instruments tends to be distant, as in the Garbage Read more Concerto's slower, mellower second movement. It seems that these engineers, more used to recording standard orchestras with a handful of strategically placed microphones, didn't know how to mike glass bottles or hubcaps. Sometimes they're too close; other times they're quite a bit farther away. The orchestra's settings, however, are right on the mark. Imants Kalninš's "Rock" Symphony (his Symphony No. 4) is a much better recording. The work itself is a more minimalist conception in which Philip Glass and John Adams emerge as clear sources of inspiration. In the overall unpredictable scheme of things regarding new music, listeners should find both of these works congenial and fun--just be prepared to fiddle a bit with the volume settings while you listen.

--Paul Cook, Read less

Works on This Recording

Garbage Concerto by Jan Järvlepp
Conductor:  Lan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kroumata Percussion Ensemble,  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore 
Length: 27 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Symphony no 4 "Rock" by Imants Kalnins
Conductor:  Lan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; Latvia 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore 
Length: 44 Minutes 27 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Garbage Concerto: I. Dance of the Wind
Garbage Concerto: II. The Rideau Canal 3 a.m.
Garbage Concerto: III. Rain Dance
Symphony No. 4, "Rock Symphony": I. Allegretto
Symphony No. 4, "Rock Symphony": II. Andante tranquillo
Symphony No. 4, "Rock Symphony": III. Grave molto
Symphony No. 4, "Rock Symphony": IV. Moderato rubato

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