Heiner Goebbels & Frank Zappa: Perfect Strangers

Release Date: 9/9/2014
Label: Lawo Classics
Catalog Number: LWC1063
Conductor: Thomas Sondergard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Frank Zappa’s music crosses all boundaries, with fans in all musical camps. The recordings of his own band are legendary, but with the release of The Yellow Shark featuring Ensemble Modern, Zappa’s music became standard repertoire for symphony orchestras — or at least those that dare to accept the challenge! This is intense and demanding music, but who is better equipped for the task than the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, celebrated for the diversity of its repertoire and collaborations? The orchestra is led by former Chief Conductor Thomas Søndergård (now Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales). The Danish maestro is known for taking contemporary music seriously — and, yes, Zappa is contemporary music.

Heiner Goebbels is well-known as a dramatist, director, musician, and composer. The Suite for Sampler and Orchestra is from his large work “Surrogate Cities,” a fable of the modern city. It draws inspiration from Baroque music, Jewish prayer chants, and industrial noise. In the composer’s words, it is “an attempt to approach the phenomenon of the city from various sides, to tell stories of cities, expose oneself to them, observe them; it is material about metropolises that has accumulated over the course of time.”
Works on This Recording
1. Suite for Sampler and Orchestra by Heiner Goebbels
Conductor: Thomas Sondergard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
2. Dog Breath Variations by Frank Zappa
Conductor: Thomas Sondergard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
3. Duprée's Paradise by Frank Zappa
Conductor: Thomas Sondergard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1972 ; USA
4. The Perfect Stranger by Frank Zappa
Conductor: Thomas Sondergard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Norwegian Radio Orchestra
5. G-Spot Tornado by Frank Zappa
Conductor: Thomas Sondergard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1986 ; USA
6. Revised Music for Guitar and Low Budget Orchestra by Frank Zappa
Conductor: Thomas Sondergard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1978 ; USA
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