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The Impostor / Bela Fleck

Béla Fleck
Release Date: 08/13/2013 
Label:  Mercury   Catalog #: 001871102   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Béla Fleck
Performer:  Béla Fleck
Conductor:  Giancarlo Guerrero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony OrchestraBrooklyn Rider
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The world's premier banjo player, Bela Fleck, has always been one to stretch boundaries and explore new musical territory. On this all-new album, Bela gives world-premiere recordings of two original compositions: The Impostor and Night Flight Over Water. The Impostor is a concerto for banjo and orchestra, performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and conductor, Giancarlo Guerrero. The recording is taken from live performances in Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. Night Flight Over Water is a new quintet for banjo and string quartet and Bela is joined by the American quartet, Brooklyn Rider. The world's premier banjo player, Bela Fleck, has always been one to stretch boundaries and explore new musical territory. On this all-new album, Bela gives world-premiere recordings of two original compositions: The Impostor and Night Flight Over Water. The Impostor is a concerto for banjo and orchestra, performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and conductor, Giancarlo Guerrero. The recording is taken from live performances in Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. Night Flight Over Water is a new quintet for banjo and string quartet and Bela is joined by the American quartet, Brooklyn Rider. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Impostor by Béla Fleck
Performer:  Béla Fleck (Banjo)
Conductor:  Giancarlo Guerrero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
2.
Night Flight Over Water by Béla Fleck
Performer:  Béla Fleck (Banjo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brooklyn Rider

Sound Samples

"The Impostor" Concerto For Banjo And Symphony Orchestra: Infiltration
"The Impostor" Concerto For Banjo And Symphony Orchestra: Integration
"The Impostor" Concerto For Banjo And Symphony Orchestra: Truth Revealed
"Night Flight Over Water" Quintet For Banjo And String Quartet: Tumbledown Creek
"Night Flight Over Water" Quintet For Banjo And String Quartet: Hunter's Moon
"Night Flight Over Water" Quintet For Banjo And String Quartet: The Escape

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 What a treat! September 10, 2013 By L. Finch (MAYWOOD, NJ) See All My Reviews "I've always liked Bela Fleck's performances, whether with the Flecktones or with his other collaborators, especially the classical performers like Edgar Meyer. This album shows a different and exciting side to this consummate performer - The Banjo virtuoso as "classical" composer. Well worth listening to, multiple times." Report Abuse
 1st work on this CD fails; 2nd work succeeds August 17, 2013 By BARRY ROSEN (STORMVILLE, NY) See All My Reviews "There are some good concertos for instruments not usually found in classical venues. In particular, [Blackberry Winter] by Conni Ellisor is essentially a concerto for mountain dulcimer. Bela Fleck might do as well for banjo. Like Yo-Yo Ma's cello, Fleck's banjo has ventured into territory populated by other instruments and thrived there. This CD's 2nd work suggests that Fleck could someday write a good concerto for banjo; he just has not done it yet. The concerto [The Impostor] falls into the alternation trap. Orchestral segments (with the soloist silent or drowned out) alternate with solo segments (with the orchestra silent or providing a soft, bland accompaniment). The solo segments are technically demanding but not very musical and not related to the orchestral segments. In this case, the orchestral segments fall into the pretentious dissonance trap. A snippet of melody is played loudly and ominously, as if to introduce a nasty event in a horror movie. The snippet (or similar snippets) is repeated with various (mostly harsh) combinations of instruments. Eventually, the composer either moves on to a solo segment or ends the work with a final crash. Some scattered hints of lyricism or resolution only build false hopes. I gave up on movements 1 and 2 before they ended; I heard all of movement 3 but will not hear it again. The quintet [Night Flight Over Water] has benefited from the close collaboration with Brooklyn Rider mentioned in Fleck's liner notes. Most of the time I hear both string quartet and banjo, interacting and clearly different without any sense of mismatch. Nobody dominates. The writing for bowed strings is quite good and (especially in movement 1) highlights the differences from the banjo with many long notes and slides. The highlighting is good-humored and not at all pedantic. The movements end a little too abruptly for my taste, but the whole thing works. Indeed, the ease with which 4+1 combine to 5 while keeping their own identities is reminscent of Mozart's clarinet quintet. I hope Fleck will take another shot at a concerto for banjo. I also hope his next CD will be properly packaged; this one sits in a flimsy cardboard sleeve designed to make it come out at the wrong time." Report Abuse
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