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Paul Freeman Introduces... Vol 9 - Exotic Concertos


Release Date: 09/24/2002 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 521   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jan BachMorton GouldGustavo LeoneRicardo Lorenz
Performer:  Liam TeagueLane AlexanderJana BouskováEd Harrison
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording brings together some wonderful concertos for orchestra and unusual instruments, most of which are first recordings. The solo part of Jan Bach's Steelpan Concerto was actually written for soprano pan, a steel instrument that usually plays the primary part in the Caribbean steel bands. The work was composed in 1994 for Liam Teague, a young musician from Trinidad whose musicianship inspired the work. Morton Gould's Concerto for Tap Dancer and Orchestra, written in 1952, brings together Gould's flare for Americana and his passion for dance. Inspired by the percussive quality of the tap medium, Gould's concerto is typically inventive in mixing musical tradition with modern American culture. Leone's Harp Concerto was commissioned Read more and premiered in 1994 by Concertante di Chicago with Elizabeth Cifani as soloist. Like all his music, it is influenced by the popular music of Latin America where he grew up. Ricardo Lorenz was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela in 1961 and is considered one of the most prominent Venezuelan composers of his generation. Playing the maracas in Venezuela has developed into a highly virtuosic art form that is considered by connoisseurs as one of the world's most sophisticated vernacular percussion techniques. One of these connoisseurs is Chicago's Lyric Opera percussionist Ed Harrison, for whom the concerto was composed. Harrison learned to play the maracas in the typical Venezuelan style during his tenure as percussionist of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Caracas. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Steelpan by Jan Bach
Performer:  Liam Teague (Steel Pan)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995 
2. Tap Dance Concerto by Morton Gould
Performer:  Lane Alexander (Dancer)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
3. Concerto for Harp by Gustavo Leone
Performer:  Jana Bousková (Harp)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
4. Concerto for Maracas and Orchestra by Ricardo Lorenz
Performer:  Ed Harrison (Maracas)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Venezuela 

Sound Samples

Steel Drum Concerto
Concerto for Tap Dancer and Orchestra: I. Toccata
Concerto for Tap Dancer and Orchestra: II. Pantomine
Concerto for Tap Dancer and Orchestra: III. Minuet
Concerto for Tap Dancer and Orchestra: IV. Rondo
Harp Concerto: I. Danza
Harp Concerto: II. Cancion
Harp Concerto: III. Marcha
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