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David Chesky: Urbanicity, Electric Guitar Concerto, New York Variations

Chesky, David
Release Date: 01/01/2001 
Label:  Chesky Records   Catalog #: 351   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  David Chesky
Performer:  Bryan Baker
Conductor:  David Chesky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Urbanicity Orchestra Of New York
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

David Chesky deserves major props for writing one of the best "classical" pieces yet to incorporate the electric guitar--a wonderful instrument that lots of modern composers use, mostly terribly. Leonard Bernstein managed it, and a few others, but Chesky's concerto is at once excitingly virtuosic, cogently structured, and true to the instrument's roots in rock and popular music. It's exceptionally well played by Bryan Baker, who in the notes says he spent eight hours a day learning it. The effort shows, but only in a good way.

Urbanicity and The New York Variations are ballets, which explains their rhythmic charge, but not their eclectic mixture of idioms and references, which are pure Chesky. Both have three
Read more movements. Urbanicity lives up to its title with a vengeance: the music might strike some listeners as overly relentless, but The New York Variations has more variety and (it seems to me) a wider expressive range. The performances, as in the concerto, are tip-top, and the sonics stunningly lifelike, with the electric guitar particularly well-balanced. A very enjoyable release by a distinctive compositional voice.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Urbanicity by David Chesky
Conductor:  David Chesky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Urbanicity Orchestra Of New York
2.
Concerto for Electric Guitar by David Chesky
Performer:  Bryan Baker (Electric Guitar)
Conductor:  David Chesky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Urbanicity Orchestra Of New York
3.
New York Variations by David Chesky
Conductor:  David Chesky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Urbanicity Orchestra Of New York

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