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Corea.concerto / Chick Corea, Origin, London Philharmonic

Release Date: 10/26/1999 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 61799   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Chick Corea
Performer:  Bob SheppardAvishai CohenSteve WilsonSteve Davis,   ... 
Conductor:  Steven MercurioChick Corea
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraOrigin (Metal)
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This selection received a Grammy nomination for "Best Classical Crossover
As an artist, pianist Chick Corea has never had trouble reaching lofty goals. The sheer enormity of this orchestral recording, though, would be enough to scare lesser artists away. Corea succeeds in translating his craft to this setting and has produced a milestone work that is at once challenging and entertaining. The album was beautifully recorded at George Martin's Air/Lyndhurst Hall, with a massive ensemble composed of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Corea's Origin sextet. As a result, the most creative aural soundscape Corea has yet imagined has been beautifully realized.
First, the treatment of Corea's "Spain" in three movements turns the
Read more exciting rhythmic melody into a grand epic that contains elements of Rodrigo's theme, the bombast of Latin jazz, and sweeping sonic vistas supported by spicy percussion. The second, and more grandiose, piece is the stunning Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra. As would be expected, this features the piano master in his element, with plenty of room to explore his vast technique, artistic touch, and creative imagination. The orchestral accompaniment is complemented by the significant contributions of bassist Avishai Cohen and drummer Jeff Ballard. The result is a majestic piece that further illustrates Corea's value to contemporary music.
American Record Guide (1-2/00, pp.84-85) - "...Chick Corea is attempting with his supple piano what Marsalis has now established with his versatile trumpet: crossing boundaries and giving virtuosity a new outlet....[His work's] hybrid charms...meet the mood and sensibility of our era..." Read less

Works on This Recording

Spain for Sextet and Orchestra by Chick Corea
Performer:  Bob Sheppard (Flute), Bob Sheppard (Tenor Saxophone), Avishai Cohen (Double Bass),
Steve Wilson (Soprano Saxophone), Steve Davis (Trombone), Chick Corea (Piano),
Jeff Ballard (Drums)
Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Origin (Metal)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  Air/Lyndhurst Hall, Hampstead, England 
Length: 23 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: This work was orchestrated by Chick Corea with assistance from John Dickson. 
Concerto for Piano no 1 by Chick Corea
Performer:  Chick Corea (Piano), Avishai Cohen (Double Bass), Jeff Ballard (Drums)
Conductor:  Chick Corea
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1999 
Date of Recording: 04/03/1999 
Venue:  Air/Lyndhurst Hall, Hampstead, England 
Length: 31 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Sound Samples

I. Opening and Introduction (arranged for Sextet and Orchestra)
II. Spain Theme (arranged for Sextet and Orchestra)
III. Conclusion (arranged for Sextet and Orchestra)
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

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