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Davies: Mennonite Piano Concerto, Good Times / Brott

Irmgard Baerg, Piano; Boris Brott Conducting Membe
Label:  Lilypad   Catalog #: 5995  
Composer:  Victor Davies
Performer:  Irmgard BaergDouglas CummingsAlex TaylorBruce Mollison,   ... 
Conductor:  Boris Brott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Mennonite Piano Concerto was commissioned in 1975 by the Fast Foundation to mark the 450th anniversary of the founding of the Mennonite faith. In this work, Davies has utilized a number of hymns drawn from the Mennonite "Kernlieder", a body of sacred songs adopted by the Mennonites from Lutheran chorales, English hymns and American gospel songs in German translations.

Good Times was commissioned in 1979 by the Manitoba Educational Ensemble, a chamber orchestra presenting community concerts throughout Manitoba. Davies writes: "The title comes from that familiar line in rural newspapers about a social event - 'A good times was had by all.' . . .The music plays faster and faster until there are no dancers left
Read more on the floor, but hopefully, a 'good time' is had by all - the dancers, musicians and the audience."


"The four movements of the Good Times Suite also emphasises Davies' smiling conviction that life is beautiful. In this day and age that's rare. Performances are first rate, filled with vim and the recording very good." - Henwell Tircuit, Fanfare Magazine

"a thoroughly extroverted display vehicle for pianist Irmgard Baerg and the London Symphony Orchestra under Boris Brott, who together make the most of the work's predominantly exuberant high spirits. The Davies concerto has already achieved a certain popularity, through its easy accessibility, its wide range of musical styles and its flashy piano writing." - Barry Edwards, Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 1 "Mennonite" by Victor Davies
Performer:  Irmgard Baerg (Piano)
Conductor:  Boris Brott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; Canada 
Good Times by Victor Davies
Performer:  Douglas Cummings (Cello), Alex Taylor (Viola), Bruce Mollison (Double Bass),
Ashley Arbuckle (Violin)
Conductor:  Boris Brott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; Canada 

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  A wonderful Canadian experience December 25, 2012 By Joan W. (Vancouver, BC) See All My Reviews "Very well known music this side of the border. An integral part of our history. Beautiful music, beautifully played." Report Abuse
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