Thursday, 17 April 2008

Gareth Glyn: New CD on the Stocks!

I recently wrote a post about Anglesey composer Gareth Glyn's superb orchestral work, Anglesey Sketches which was recorded on White Line 2136

I am pleased to report that another CD of his music is on the way – he recently wrote to me:-
“At the moment I'm quite busy with getting tracks recorded on CD for future release, all with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Gavin Sutherland. Already in the can are: Cariad - an unbroken sequence of Welsh folksongs on the theme of love (though only a few of them are love-songs as such - in Wales we seem to have cornered the market in songs about unrequited love, or making fun of the love-life of others!), and two unrelated works for solo double-bass and orchestra - the Microncerto (not 'Microconcerto' as some have assumed it to be)”

Gareth further wrote that when the Microncerto was played “in the recording sessions, [the] orchestral musicians and studio technicians alike were astounded that such virtuosity was possible on the instrument.”
The solo bassist on this new release is the section principal of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Dominic Seldis"

I have heard a live recording of the Microncerto and it is an impressive piece. There are few works composed for Double Bass solo and orchestra – so this is a welocme addition to repretoire. It is a great work that nods to Charlie Mingus without claiming to be a ‘jazz concerto’

Another orchestral work to be included on the new CD is a Welsh Incident, which additionally calls for a narrator. This contribution will be dubbed onto the already-recorded music…

I am looking forward to adding this CD to my collection!

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