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Rands: Canti del Sole, Music for Shoko & Concerto for Piano & Orchestra / Various

Release Date: 05/03/2019 
Label:  Lyrita   Catalog #: 379  
Composer:  Bernard Rands
Performer:  Jonathan BissCharles BernardStephen RoseJoanna Patterson Zakany,   ... 
Conductor:  Markus StenzWilliam Boughton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony OrchestraBBC National Orchestra of Wales
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The international reputation of Bernard Rands as one of the leading composers of his generation rests on over a hundred well-crafted scores of notable formal cohesion, dramatic intensity and lyrical beauty.

The Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (2013) was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in celebration of Rands’s eightieth birthday year and as implied by its title, the piece is for piano and orchestra rather than a piano concerto. Hence, the solo part is primus inter pares and is not required to play the conventional role of a protagonist striving heroically for supremacy over the masses.

Canti del Sole, for tenor and orchestra (1983) describes a day’s progression from dawn to dusk through a
Read more continuous setting of fourteen poems about the sun. The poems are arranged into two groups of seven.

Music for Shoko: Aubade is an atmospheric mini-tone poem for English horn and string quartet (2017). It is dedicated to Bernard Rands’s friend Shoko Suzuki in appreciation of their many years of friendship and her devotion to the composer’s music. The piece is a transcription of the central ‘Aubade’ movement from the Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra, which was written for the soloist Robert Walters. The solo part of the chamber piece is identical to that of the concerto movement, while the orchestral music is accommodated, with adjustments, by the string quartet.
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano & Orchestra by Bernard Rands
Performer:  Jonathan Biss (Piano)
Conductor:  Markus Stenz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013; United States 
Music for Shoko "Aubade" by Bernard Rands
Performer:  Charles Bernard (Cello), Stephen Rose (Violin), Joanna Patterson Zakany (Viola),
Robert Walters (English Horn), Jeff Zehngut (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2017; United States 
Canti del Sole by Bernard Rands
Performer:  Stephen Chaundy (Tenor)
Conductor:  William Boughton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983-1984; United States 

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