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The Best Of Beatles Baroque / Les Boreades


Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 3008   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Paul McCartneyJohn LennonGeorge Harrison
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 42 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These baroque Beatles transcriptions stay very close to the original songs, preserving the harmonies, making few improvisations, and even keeping original effects, like the foot-taps in “Blackbird”, the “She Loves You” quote at the end of “All You Need Is Love”, or the hissing intakes of breath on “Girl”. The best transcriptions are simply the liveliest: the cellos and flutes raising a ruckus in “Oh! Darling”, or “Here Comes the Sun”, which I'm pretty sure is incapable of not being joy-giving. The harpsichord is joined by viols for “Because”, while baroque wind instruments enliven a few tracks. A special mention should also be made of the bass players who charge through their parts with aplomb.
 
On the other
Read more hand, the orchestral build-ups in “A Day in the Life” are honestly kind of hideous - and more inhibited than the Beatles' original orchestra was. Mostly, though, I couldn't stop thinking of Leo Brouwer's suite Beatlerianas for guitar and string quartet. After hearing the great originality with which Brouwer crafted new introductions to and capricious variations on these Beatles songs, I feel let down by plain, literal transcriptions like these. Remember the moment in “Here Comes the Sun” where violins come in for a moment? Guess how that's transcribed here: violins come in for a moment.
 
Les Boréades play exceptionally well; there's no doubt about that, and the church's acoustic, recognizable as such without even looking in the booklet, contributes to your sense that somehow John, Paul and George (there are no Ringo tunes) fell into a time machine and commandeered a Renaissance band. If that's what you're keen to hear, help yourself, but if you want to hear smarter, more engaging dialogue between classical arrangers and this music, try Brouwer's Beatlerianas suite.
 
An aside: musicologists occasionally say Paul McCartney is a great classical songwriter. It's hard to disagree when you hear his best solo compositions - Blackbird, Oh! Darling, Michelle, Here There and Everywhere, Yesterday - working so successfully in a classical context. I might be most grateful for this album because it actually expanded my appreciation for the genius of these songs.
 
-- Brian Reinhart, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da by Paul McCartney
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes. 
2. Blackbird by Paul McCartney
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1968; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes. 
3. Girl by John Lennon
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1965; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes. 
4. We Can Work It Out by Paul McCartney
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes. 
5. Oh darling by John Lennon
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes. 
6. She's Leaving Home by Paul McCartney
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1967; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes. 
7. Michelle by Paul McCartney
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1965; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes. 
8. Here, There and Everywhere by Paul McCartney
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1966; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes. 
9. Yesterday by Paul McCartney
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1965; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes. 
10. Because by John Lennon
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1969; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes. 
11. A Day in the Life by John Lennon
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes. 
12. The Long and Winding Road by Paul McCartney
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1969; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes. 
13. Fool on the Hill by Paul McCartney
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1967; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes. 
14. Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1969; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes. 
15. All You Need is Love by John Lennon
Conductor:  Eric Milnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1967; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eric Milnes. 

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