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From Yesterday To Penny Lane / Goran Sollscher


Release Date: 09/01/2000 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 459692   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John LennonPaul McCartneyPaul McCartneyGeorge [20th C.] Martin,   ... 
Performer:  Göran SöllscherPer Arne Glorvigen
Conductor:  Mats Rondin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Göran Söllscher
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lennon and McCartney together must be one of, if not the greatest contributors of composition to popular music. Along with the Beatles producer George Martin they influenced not one but possibly every generation of music makers since their emergence in the early '60s.

Leo Brouwer, the Cuban guitarist/composer whose broad musical views take in so many aspects of music, recognised Lennon and McCartney early on, and included arrangements of their music in his concerts, (at least one of which " Fool on the Hill" was recorded by John Williams [MK 45538]). So this collection of personalities, together with the featured Goran Sollscher, one of Sweden's premier guitarists makes for a formidable collaboration of musical
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Basically the disc is divided into four distinct sections, the opening tracks finds Sollscher playing five arrangements for solo guitar. These, for the most part, are successful, the lyricism of the slower pieces working well, especially "In My Life" where the harpsichord solo of the original is faithfully retained, only "Can't Buy me Love" fails to engage, possibly because the tempo chosen for the piece requires a certain swing that Sollscher just doesn't make sound convincing.

The next three selections are probably the most unusual due to the pairing of guitar and bandoneon, a type of concertina. In the hands of Per Arne Glorvigen the bandoneon displays a variety of expressive moods: from the strident, as in "Come Together" to the gentle "I Want To Hold Your Hand" where the players elect to transform the Beatles original almost demanding delivery of the title words into a tender loving request. Good stuff.

The inclusion of George Martin's composition "Three American Sketches" makes for a nice interlude in the proceedings. Not so well known for his composing as for his producing skills this piece does show Martin's understanding of a style that is very much in the tradition of 20th century American music, such as Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland.

The subtitle '7 Songs After the Beatles' is so appropriate to the collection of arrangements by Leo Brouwer as there is as much of Brouwer here as Lennon and McCartney. Certainly the tunes are the product of the Liverpool songsmiths but Brouwer's orchestral textures mark them with his own strong individual character. Never afraid to occasionally allow the orchestra to take the melody, the guitar's accompanying role always reinforces the proceedings. An orchestral episode in "Ticket To Ride" is very much as we heard in his "Concerto de Toronto" and the use of cannon at the beginning of "Eleanor Rigby" is a delight

All in all, a very well produced, entertaining recording, however I do feel that novelty is an over-riding factor with this type of disc. It is after all only one in a long line of records where the music of Lennon and McCartney has been given one sort of treatment or another. I don't know which sector of the music-buying public this disc likely to appeal to. However I do wish it well.

-- Andy Daly, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) by John Lennon
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1965;   
2. In My Life by John Lennon
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
3. Can't buy me love by Paul McCartney
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
4. The Long And Winding Road by Paul McCartney
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
5. Come Together by John Lennon
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar), Per Arne Glorvigen (Bandoneon)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1969; England 
6. I Will by Paul McCartney
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1968; England 
7. I Want to Hold Your Hand by John Lennon
Performer:  Per Arne Glorvigen (Bandoneon), Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1964; England 
8. Help! by John Lennon
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar), Per Arne Glorvigen (Bandoneon)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1965; England 
9. American Sketches (3) by George [20th C.] Martin
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Conductor:  Mats Rondin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Göran Söllscher
Period: 20th Century 
10. From Yesterday to Penny Lane by Leo Brouwer
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Cuba 

Sound Samples

Norwegian Wood (The Bird Has Flown)
In My Life
Can't Buy Me Love
The Long And Winding Road
I will
Come together
I Want To Hold You Hand
Help!
Three American Sketches: Westward Look
Three American Sketches: Old Boston
Three American Sketches: New York
Beatles Concerto: 1. She's Leaving Home
Beatles Concerto: 2. A Ticket To Ride
Beatles Concerto: 3. Here, There & Everywhere
Beatles Concerto: 4. Yesterday
Beatles Concerto: 5. Got To Get You Into My Life
Beatles Concerto: 6. Eleanor Rigby
Beatles Concerto: 7. Penny Lane

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