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Beatles Go Baroque - She Loves You, Etc / Peter Breiner Co


Release Date: 02/20/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555010   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Breiner
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peter Breiner Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Beatles-Breiner Beatles Concerti grossi: No. 1 (in the style of Handel); No. 2 (in the style of Vivaldi); No. 3 (in the style of J.S. Bach); No. 4 Peter Breiner, cond; Peter Breiner CO NAXOS 8.555010 (56: 41)


It says something about the quality of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s songs that they continue to inspire discs like Read more this one. My collection contains CDs of songs by the Beatles done Brazilian-style and in the style of Gregorian chants, as well as several “Baroque Beatles” projects realized by John Bayless, Les Boréades de Montréal, and others. And let’s not forget Joshua Rifkin’s “Baroque Beatles Book,” which includes performances by the “Baroque Ensemble of the Merseyside Kammermusikgesellschaft” and “Murray the Klavierkitzler“!


Breiner’s disc, recorded in 1992 in Bratislava—I bet many members of Breiner’s chamber orchestra come from the ranks of the Slovak Philharmonic—features his own arrangements. Each Beatles Concerto grosso contains four to six movements, each based on a particular song by the Beatles. Generally, the melodies are embellished and superimposed upon Baroque models, some more specific, others more general. For example, the Beatles Concerto grosso No. 3 is clearly modeled on Bach’s Second Orchestral Suite, and the Beatles Concerto grosso No. 2 is modeled on movements from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons . In other words, calling these works “arrangements” really doesn’t give Breiner enough credit. This is more than arranging piano works for orchestra. (Having written that, I note with curiosity that another one of Breiner’s projects was orchestrating all of Debussy’s preludes for orchestra.)


This CD is thoroughly enjoyable, and will play mind games with unsuspecting fans of both the Beatles and Baroque music. For that reason alone it is worthwhile. I don’t prefer it to the aforementioned Beatles/Baroque hybrids, though, because they have a lightness and sense of humor largely absent from the present reissue. Indeed, Bayless’s Bach/Beatles albums are works of genius, and the several “Beatles Baroque” CDs by Les Boréades de Montréal go so far as to include period instruments and Baroque performance styles, all realized with a gentle and adorably nerdy spirit of fun. However, after having explored Rifkin, Bayless, and Les Boréades, if you still need more of the same, “Beatles Go Baroque” will give you pleasure.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Beatles Concerto Grosso no 1 "In the style of Handel" by Peter Breiner
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peter Breiner Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Moyzes Hall, Bratislava, Slovak Republic 
Length: 13 Minutes 10 Secs. 
2.
Beatles Concerto Grosso no 2 "In the Style of Vivaldi" by Peter Breiner
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peter Breiner Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Moyzes Hall, Bratislava, Slovak Republic 
Length: 14 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Beatles Concerto Grosso no 3 "In the Style of J.S. Bach" by Peter Breiner
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peter Breiner Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Moyzes Hall, Bratislava, Slovak Republic 
Length: 19 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4.
Beatles Concerto Grosso no 4 by Peter Breiner
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peter Breiner Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Moyzes Hall, Bratislava, Slovak Republic 
Length: 10 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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