Jon Lord: Boom of the Tingling Strings / Paul Mann, Nelson Goerner, Odense SO

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>Lord, Jon : Concerto for Piano "Boom of the Tingling Strings"
>Lord, Jon : Suite for Strings "Disguises"

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>Lord, Jon : Concerto for Piano "Boom of the Tingling Strings"
>Lord, Jon : Suite for Strings "Disguises"
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A founding member of rock megagroup Deep Purple, Jon Lord has long been a pioneer of rock/classical crossover music. The last movement of this new concerto for piano and orchestra, entitled 'Boom of the Tingling Strings', is fiendishly difficult - Jon describes it in a tongue-in-cheek way as his "revenge on concert pianists", whom he has always envied for their keyboard talents. Former EMI Debut artist Nelson Goerner rises admirably to the occasion, and Lord said Goerner moved him "to tears" at the recording session with his deftness of touch and sensitivity.

EMI Classics are pleased to release two symphonic works by Jon Lord, better known as a founder member of one of the all-time great rock groups, Deep Purple. Lord's new Piano Concerto, 'Boom of the Tingling Strings,' is performed by Nelson Goerner with the Odense Symfoniorkester under conductor Paul Mann, the concerto's dedicatee. Lord's Suite for String Orchestra, entitled 'Disguises,' completes the programme. Parallel to his rock career, Jon Lord has composed music for orchestra for nearly forty years. Sometimes described as 'classical cross-over,' Lord's compositions reflect his many musical enthusiasms, which, in addition to orchestral music and rock, include jazz and folk music. While still a member of the 'band,' Lord's Concerto for Group and Orchestra was recorded by Deep Purple with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Malcolm Arnold, selling hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide. Since leaving the re-formed Deep Purple in 2002, Jon has focused his attention on composing. EMI have previously released a number of his works to critical acclaim, including Pictured Within and Beyond the Notes. Describing the genesis of his Piano Concerto, Jon Lord said, "Since I started to write music for the orchestra, somewhere in my thoughts had been the urge to write a piano concerto. Not so much in the traditional . sense of a concerto . but more as a vehicle to express my love for the piano, which I began playing aged six. . (The concerto) would not be for me to play . but for concert pianists . for whom I have unbounded respect and admiration. . I also wanted to celebrate my lifelong love affair with the orchestra, which seems to me perhaps the greatest of 'instruments' . and to marry these two loves of mine in music that would sing from my heart to the heart of this wonderful union that is a concerto. . After a few aborted attempts to begin writing while touring the world with a rock band, in 1998 I came across a poem by D.H. Lawrence called simply Piano, and its effect on me was immediate and profound. The 'I' of the poem seemed to be me. I recognised the childhood that Lawrence described, for it seemed to mirror my own, and the idea of using his images to paint pictures from my own experiences was a persuasive one. . I immediately began to jot down ideas. The experience was made more resonant for me by that marvellous phrase "the boom of the tingling strings" and I decided then and there, that would be the title." Former EMI Debut series artist Nelson Goerner, "a player of exalted poetic verve" (Gramophone), is the soloist in Boom of the Tingling Strings. He rises admirably to the technical challenges of the work, particularly the fiendishly difficult last movement and, at the recording sessions, he moved the composer to tears with his deftness of touch and musical sensitivity.

BBC Music Magazine
Lord has probably made a rod for his own back with this extraordinary Durham Concerto (the Avie recording is an essential purchase), but this near-concerto for piano, coupled with an equally attractive suite for strings... is very nearly as good both musically and sonically, reinforcing Lord' position as one of the very few rockers-turned-classicists who actually knows what he's doing.

Gramophone Magazine
Inevitable limitations of time and familiarity give some of the performance an improvised edge but pianist and orchestra sound seriously involved. An impressive achievement, warmly recommended.



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>Lord, Jon : Concerto for Piano "Boom of the Tingling Strings"
  • Performer: Nelson Goerner (Piano)
  • Conductor: Paul Mann
  • Ensemble: Odense Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 36 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Lord, Jon : Suite for Strings "Disguises"
  • Conductor: Paul Mann
  • Ensemble: Odense Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 35 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary