Ruders: Guitar Concertos & Solos / Starobin, Palma, Wagner

Release Date: 11/25/2003
Label: Bridge
Catalog Number: BCD9136
Composer: Poul Ruders
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This disc compiles 4 award-winning recordings of works that Danish composer Poul Ruders has written for the guitarist, David Starobin. Psalmodies is an eleven movement ëconcerto-concert-suiteí that begins and ends with movements for solo guitar, and displays a wide range of emotions ñ from introspective to circus-like. Starobin and Speculum Musicaeís performance was named a Fanfare ëBest of the Yearí. Etude and Ricercare is a sober 13 minute essay in pure polyphony. Originally on Bridge 9057, the recording was Gramophone ìEditorís Choiceî. Chaconne is a short meditative solo that was originally on Starobinís Newdance. Newdance won the 2000 ìIndieîfor Best Solo CD of the Year and a Grammy nomination for ìBest Solo Performanceî. Paganini Variations (originally released on Bridge 9122) is a high-spirited concerto based on Paganiniís famous 24th Caprice. Given a 10-10 (highest rating) by Classics, critic David Hurwitz wrote: ìPoul Rudersí music is expressionistic in the best sense of the term: exciting, extreme, violent, hallucinatory, and often strikingly beautiful ñ it grabs you by the throat and never lets go. How guitarist David Starobin gets all of those notes under his fingers is anyoneís guess, but manage it he does. Itís an amazingly virtuosic display of supreme musicianship.î
Works on This Recording
1. Psalmodies by Poul Ruders
Performer: Stephen [oboe] Taylor (Oboe), Donald MacCourt (Contrabassoon), Maureen Gallagher (Viola), Charles Neidich (Clarinet), Michael Willens (Double Bass), Donald MacCourt (Bassoon), Benjamin Hudson (Violin), William Purvis (French Horn), Carol Zeavin (Violin), Charles Neidich (Bass Clarinet), Eric Bartlett (Cello), Poul Ruders (Chimes), David Starobin (Guitar)
Conductor: Donald Palma
Orchestra/Ensemble: Speculum Musicae
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Denmark
2. Etude and Ricercare for Guitar by Poul Ruders
Performer: David Starobin (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1994 ; Denmark
3. Chaconne by Poul Ruders
Performer: David Starobin (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1997 ; Denmark
4. Concerto for Guitar no 2 "Paganini Variations" by Poul Ruders
Performer: David Starobin (Guitar)
Conductor: Jan Wagner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Odense Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 2000 ; Copenhagen, Denmark
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