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Melby: Concerti / Suben, Choi, Polish Radio SO, et al

> Concerto for Computer and Orchestra - Concerto for Computer and Orchestra
> Concerto for Violin, Piano and Computer - Concerto for Violin, Piano and Computer
> Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Computer - Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Computer

Album Summary

>Melby, John : Concerto for Computer
>Melby, John : Concerto for Violin, Piano and Computer
>Melby, John : Concerto for Piano and Computer no 2
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

John Melby's musical development has followed a circuitous path that might not have been expected to lead to music for digital computer. Trained as an orchestral musician, he spent many years in the trombone section listening. He trained at Princeton in composition after graduating from Curtis. He was intrigued with Babbitt's exploitation of live performance coupled with synthesized accompaniments and before too long, found himself drawn to an electronically-synthesized orchestra. He has written a series of concerti for live instruments and computer, with three of them represented on this recording.

"The writing in the solo instrumental concertos of American composer John Melby is in the tradition of Schoenberg... Melby writes genuine music of serious intent... The odd one out in the program is the Concerto for Computer and Orchestra of 1987, a virtual concerto for orchestra where the machine becomes the soloist... Performances are excellent. Particularly impressive is the Canadian pianist Choi, who exhibits complete identification with the music and has a fine range of expression at his fingertips. I would happily hear these two musicians play Berg's Chamber Concerto: on this showing they would do a great job. A very worthwhile release, not least for its purely musical argument. I hope we will be hearing more of Melby's computer concertos on CD." - Fanfare



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Works Details

>Melby, John : Concerto for Computer
  • Performer: John Melby (Electronics)
  • Conductor: Joel Suben
  • Notes: Grzegorz Fitelberg Concert Hall of the Polish Radio, Katowice, Poland (05/10/2008-05/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Melby, John : Concerto for Violin, Piano and Computer
  • Performer: John Melby (Electronics)
  • Ensemble: Duo Diorama
  • Running Time: 21 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Melby, John : Concerto for Piano and Computer no 2
  • Performers: Winston Choi (Piano); John Melby (Electronics)
  • Ensemble: Duo Diorama
  • Running Time: 21 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008