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Bryce Dessner: St. Carolyn by the Sea; Jonny Greenwood: Suite from There Will Be Blood / Ridder

Album Summary

>Dessner, Bryce : St. Carolyn by the Sea, for 2 electric guitars & orchestra
>Dessner, Bryce : Lachrimae, for orchestra
>Dessner, Bryce : Raphael, for electric guitar & orchestra
>Greenwood, Jonny : There Will Be Blood, suite from the film score
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Never before have classical and rock converged in such an organic, compelling and sensual way as they do in the three short orchestral works written by and featuring The National guitarist Bryce Dessner on his new release St. Carolyn by the Sea, performed with the Copenhagen Phil and conducted by Andre de Ridder.

Dessner presents three pieces of modern classical music, written from the perspective of a rock musician who is keenly aware of the raw emotional impact music - any music - can have on an audience. He draws on elements from Baroque and folk music, late Romanticism and modernism, minimalist music and the blues, among others, as well as referencing the work of such legendary figures as John Fahey, La Monte Young, Bela Bartok, Glenn Branca, Benjamin Britten, Morton Feldman, Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Despite this broad spectrum of influences, his voice remains individual and distinct.

With this album, which also showcases a suite drawn from Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood's soundtrack for "There Will Be Blood", Bryce Dessner and Jonny Greenwood open up a new frontier for symphonic music.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2014
These compositions by classically-trained players best known as rock musicians stay within the mainstream, yet sound fresh and inquisitive. Sensitive performances by the Copenhagen Phil.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2014
Music such as this demands a committed and focused response, which is receives from the Copenhagen forces under the expert direction of Andre de Ridder...Both composers benefit from suitably 'wide-screen' sound, setting the seal on a release that suggests DG has at last tapped a potent seam in otday's alternative new music scene.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Danish Academy of Music, Concert Hall, Copenhagen.

Popular musicians who have crossed over to classical composition have been, if not exactly commonplace, at least regular in their appearance on the scene. Those from the sphere of alternative rock, with its origins in the enforced simplicity of punk, are more unusual, but the two composers here, guitarists Bryce Dessner of the band the National and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, both have used orchestral textures and elements of what used to be called art rock in their work, and this Deutsche Grammophon release is not the first classical outing for either of them. The work of both composers is absorbing. The Greenwood pieces, excerpts from the score to the film There Will Be Blood, have even been recorded before. They are quite suggestive even for those who have not seen the film. More original, perhaps, are the three pieces by Dessner, who has a master's degree in music from Yale University. Quite different from one another, they employ large color fields with long passages of stasis punctuated in two of the three works by electric guitar. This rock element is handled in an entirely novel way. The sustained energy of the Copenhagen Philharmonic under André de Ridder, a group probably unfamiliar with the music before beginning the project, is a plus, as is the clarity of the sound environment and design from the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Definitely recommended for those interested in ambitious experiments from the rock sphere. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Dessner, Bryce : St. Carolyn by the Sea, for 2 electric guitars & orchestra
  • Performers: Aaron Dessner; Bryce Dessner
  • Conductor: André Ridder
  • Ensemble: Copenhagen Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 13 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Dessner, Bryce : Lachrimae, for orchestra
  • Conductor: André Ridder
  • Running Time: 13 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Dessner, Bryce : Raphael, for electric guitar & orchestra
  • Performer: Bryce Dessner
  • Conductor: André Ridder
  • Running Time: 17 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Greenwood, Jonny : There Will Be Blood, suite from the film score
  • Conductor: André Ridder
  • Running Time: 20 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary