Biggs: Orchestral Music / Paul Freeman, Czech National So

Release Date: 10/24/2000
Label: Albany
Catalog Number: 394
Composer: John Biggs
Conductor: Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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John Biggs was born in Los Angeles. He received his Master's Degree in composition from the University of California at Los Angeles. He also studied in Belgium. His teachers were Roy Harris, Lukas Foss, Ingolf Dahl, Flor Peeters and Halsey Stevens. As an educator, he has taught at Los Angeles City College, UCLA, UC Berkeley and served as composer-in-residence to six colleges in Kansas under a grant from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. As a performer he founded the John Biggs Consort, which toured internationally under Columbia Artists Management, specializing in medieval, renaissance and 20th century music. Paul Freeman writes: "I was particularly struck by the similarity of approach between Biggs and that of the Baroque era. His feel for tone color, orchestration, counterpoint and compositional form in general is indeed very strong. The unusually cheerful brightness of the cello concerto is a good contrast to the more austere and penetrating viola concerto."
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Cello by John Biggs
Performer: Virginia Kron (Cello)
Conductor: Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1997 ; USA
2. Concerto for Viola, Percussion and Woodwinds by John Biggs
Performer: Paul Silverthorne (Viola)
Conductor: Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1966 ; USA
3. Concerto for Orchestra by John Biggs
Conductor: Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
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