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Death be not Proud - compositions for tuba and electronics / Melvyn Poore, tuba

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
Tuba and electronics. Melvyn Poore is the tubist in his own Death Be Not Proud (2009), a 14-minute work. The sounds are sinister and mesmerizing. You should hear this piece. Music for Tuba & Computer (2008), it's good. Poore plays the same long, low note over and over; the computer adds fascinating sounds that change with each repetition. Poore's most energetic, virtuoso performance is in Georg Katzer's Dialog Imaginar 9 fur Tuba mit Hegel (2008). The electronics are just as varied and lively. The final work is Valerio Sannicandro's take on Donne's Sonnet X (2008). It is amazing how different two works can be. I find this one even more enthralling. The sounds are fantastic.

Tuba player Melvyn Poore is a world-renowned soloist, composer and scholar. This recording offers a selection of notable contemporary works (including a composition of his own) by Georg Katzer, Cort Lippe and Valerio Sannicandro. In these works, the tuba, combined with the live electronics, acts as a meta instrument, while at the same time being the calming influence, no matter whether the works are meticulously fragmented or narratively structured.


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