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The Beatles Arranged for String Quartet / Quartet Wihan

Album Summary

>Lennon, John : Eleanor Rigby
>Lennon, John : Blackbird
>Lennon, John : Can't Buy Me Love
>Lennon, John : Julia
>Lennon, John : Come Together
>Harrison, George : Here Comes the Sun
>Lennon, John : Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
>Lennon, John : Michelle
>Lennon, John : I will
>Lennon, John : Yesterday
>Lennon, John : Honey Pie
>Lennon, John : The Fool on the Hill
>Lennon, John : I Want You
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

According to the American composer Aaron Copland, the best way to learn something about the sixties is to listen to The Beatles' records. Without any doubt, the music of The Beatles has been a major phenomenon not only of the sixties, but of the 20th century as a whole, and their inspiring tunes continue to live on in the widest variety of formats and arrangements. This CD brings together carefully selected and imaginatively arranged songs by Lubo Krtic?ka (b. 1965), a composer of chamber, choral, and film music who is also active in the Czech rock and jazz music scene.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Domovina Studio, Prague (11/2000).

For all the talk of the divide between the popular and classical worlds in the 1960s, the Beatles were recognized as masters from the start on the classical side, and arrangements of their songs go back almost as far as the songs themselves. This entry from the Czech Republic's Wihan Quartet deserves credit for not repeating any past formula. The quartet itself gets top billing, and their performances are attractive, but the originality comes mostly from Czech composer Lubos Krticka. His reworkings are called arrangements on the packaging, but they occupy an extremely interesting space between what is normally called arrangement and what is usually thought of as fantasy. The Beatles' tunes are kept pretty much intact but are extended in several directions: in harmony, rhythm, and extent. Phrases may undergo a brief development that takes them outside the realm of diatonic harmony, and the rhythms of rock are realized by the string quartet in several novel ways. The group is aided, of course, by the fact that several of these songs involved a string quartet in the first place, but Krticka does not shy away from the rock-oriented "Come Together" and "Can't Buy Me Love," which might seem hard to pull off in this format. He has the sense to leave "Yesterday," which cannot be improved upon, pretty much alone. The program is short at just under 44 minutes, and it is likely that many listeners will be left wanting more; perhaps a second volume is in order. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Lennon, John : Eleanor Rigby
  • Ensemble: Wihan Quartet
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1966

>Lennon, John : Blackbird
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lennon, John : Can't Buy Me Love
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1964

>Lennon, John : Julia
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lennon, John : Come Together
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Harrison, George : Here Comes the Sun
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1969

>Lennon, John : Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1967

>Lennon, John : Michelle
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1965

>Lennon, John : I will
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lennon, John : Yesterday
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1965

>Lennon, John : Honey Pie
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lennon, John : The Fool on the Hill
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1967

>Lennon, John : I Want You
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary