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American Classics - Jones: Tuba Concerto, etc / Schwarz, Olka, et al

Album Summary

>Jones, Samuel : Concerto for tuba & orchestra
>Jones, Samuel : Symphony no 3 ("Palo Duro Canyon")
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Samuel Jones is a sensitive musician with great imagination, and he is a real craftsman. These works should be part of the core of the great American repertoire" (Gerard Schwarz). Of his 'Symphony No. 3', Jones writes: "I wanted to capture in music that magical moment which everyone experiences when they first see the flat, treeless high plains fall dizzyingly away into the colorful vastness of the Palo Duro Canyon itself." His 'Tuba Concerto', which Schwarz regards as "the finest solo work for that instrument ever produced", was composed for the performers on this disc to showcase the instrument's amazing range, agility and versatility and to spotlight Christopher Olka's great artistry.

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Schwarz and the Seattle do a fine job of championing both pieces. I have no idea what great tuba playing, since I encounter it so rarely, but Christopher Olka convinces me as soloist-hero.



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Works Details

>Jones, Samuel : Concerto for tuba & orchestra
  • Performer: Christopher Olka (Tuba)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 23 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Jones, Samuel : Symphony no 3 ("Palo Duro Canyon")
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 23 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992