Glass, Rutter, Francaix: Harpsichord Concertos / Christopher Lewis, harpsichord

> Suite Antique - I. Prelude
> Suite Antique - II. Ostinato
> Suite Antique - III. Aria
> Suite Antique - IV. Waltz
> Suite Antique - V. Chanson
> Suite Antique - VI. Rondeau
> Harpsichord Concerto - I. —
> Harpsichord Concerto - II. —
> Harpsichord Concerto - III. —
> Harpsichord Concerto - I. Toccata I
> Harpsichord Concerto - II. Toccata II
> Harpsichord Concerto - III. Andantino
> Harpsichord Concerto - IV. Menuet
> Harpsichord Concerto - V. Finale
> So Tango - So Tango

Album Summary

>Rutter, John : Suite Antique, for flute, harpsichord & strings
>Glass, Philip : Concerto for Harpsichord
>Françaix, Jean : Concerto for harpsichord & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Attracted by a delightful fusion of early music sonorities with modern expressiveness, the three composers in this amazingly rich and varied program build on the magnificent harpsichord concerto legacy of J. S. Bach. John Rutter's beautiful Suite Antique is full of rich and haunting themes, with a significant solo flute part and a jazzy Waltz which is as much Brubeck as Bach. Philip Glass delivers an exciting experience of virtuoso instrumental blending and solo expressiveness, and with typical wit and elegance. Jean Francaix's Concerto is terrific fun throughout.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013
Typically adventurous, Naxos programmes Rutter's pastoral prettiness with Glass's insistent dancing patterns and Francaix's lissom, quirky lyricism.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2013
[The Glass] makes for an understated and appealing piece, and one to which Christopher D Lewis is as responsive as he is to the other works here - sensitively accompanied by the West Side Chamber Orchestra under the attentive direction of Kevin Mallon...If the programme appeals, then there is no need to hesitate.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (09/10/2012-09/12/2012).



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Works Details

>Rutter, John : Suite Antique, for flute, harpsichord & strings
  • Performers: Christopher Lewis (Harpsichord); John McMurtery (Flute)
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Ensemble: West Side Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (09/10/2012-09/12/2012)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1979

>Glass, Philip : Concerto for Harpsichord
  • Performer: Christopher Lewis (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (09/10/2012-09/12/2012)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2002

>Jean Françaix (1912 - 1997) : Concerto for harpsichord & orchestra
  • Performer: Christopher Lewis (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (09/10/2012-09/12/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto