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Ruders: Guitar Concertos & Solos / Starobin, Palma, Wagner

Release Date: 11/25/2003 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9136   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Poul Ruders
Performer:  David StarobinPoul RudersStephen TaylorWilliam Purvis,   ... 
Conductor:  Donald PalmaJan Wagner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum MusicaeOdense Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It was a good idea for Bridge to gather together Poul Ruders' complete works for guitar as composed for David Starobin, the virtuoso who probably has done more for his instrument than anyone else alive. I already have had the pleasure of recommending the wonderfully inventive Paganini Variations, and if you enjoyed that work you certainly will want to sample the others included here. Of the two solo pieces, Chaconne is a chip off the master's workbench, but Etude and Ricercare is a major statement (slightly more than 13 minutes) and Starobin plays it magnificently, sustaining the polyphonic web of the Ricercare with great confidence and showing a real mastery of the long line on an instrument that's
Read more not inherently suited to contrapuntal expression.

Ruders' Psalmodies (Guitar Concerto No. 1) is a suite of 11 characterful pieces for soloist and nine instruments. The composer himself joins Speculum Musicae playing the metal wind chimes, the only percussion instrument called for. Each brief movement has a title ("A Fanfare for All", "Six in the Air", "A Prayer with Halo") and Ruders alternates between genuine solos, mixed groups, and the full ensemble, yielding a work full of invention that offers a surprisingly wide range of expression given the forces involved. It goes without saying that Starobin and the ensemble play marvelously, and we can assume that the presence of the composer lends the performance his personal stamp of approval. In short, this disc represents everything expected of a contemporary music disc: worthy music superbly played and recorded by the artist that inspired it. You can't ask for more than that. [3/22/2004]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Psalmodies by Poul Ruders
Performer:  David Starobin (Guitar), Poul Ruders (Chimes), Stephen Taylor (Oboe),
William Purvis (French Horn), Benjamin Hudson (Violin), Donald MacCourt (Contrabassoon),
Eric Bartlett (Cello), Maureen Gallagher (Viola), Michael Willens (Double Bass),
Donald MacCourt (Bassoon), Charles Neidich (Bass Clarinet), Charles Neidich (Clarinet),
Carol Zeavin (Violin)
Conductor:  Donald Palma
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 06/01/1992 
Venue:  Studio A, RCA/BMG, New York City 
Length: 28 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Etude and Ricercare for Guitar by Poul Ruders
Performer:  David Starobin (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Venue:  Master Sound, Astoria, New York City 
Length: 13 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Chaconne by Poul Ruders
Performer:  David Starobin (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Master Sound, Astoria, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Concerto for Guitar no 2 "Paganini Variations" by Poul Ruders
Performer:  David Starobin (Guitar)
Conductor:  Jan Wagner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odense Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; Copenhagen, Denmark 
Date of Recording: 05/2002 
Venue:  Nielsen Hall, Odense Koncerthus, Denmark 
Length: 17 Minutes 56 Secs. 

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