Exotic Concertos
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A delightful recording of concertos for unusual instruments.

This recording brings together some wonderful concertos for orchestra and unusual instruments, most of which are first recordings. The solo part of Jan Bach's Steelpan Concerto was actually written for soprano pan, a steel instrument that usually plays the primary part in the Caribbean steel bands. The work was composed in 1994 for Liam Teague, a young musician from Trinidad whose musicianship inspired the work. Morton Gould's Concerto for Tap Dancer and Orchestra, written in 1952, brings together Gould's flare for Americana and his passion for dance. Inspired by the percussive quality of the tap medium, Gould's concerto is typically inventive in mixing musical tradition with modern American culture. Leone's Harp Concerto was commissioned and premiered in 1994 by Concertante di Chicago with Elizabeth Cifani as soloist. Like all his music, it is influenced by the popular music of Latin America where he grew up. Ricardo Lorenz was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela in 1961 and is considered one of the most prominent Venezuelan composers of his generation. Playing the maracas in Venezuela has developed into a highly virtuosic art form that is considered by connoisseurs as one of the world's most sophisticated vernacular percussion techniques. One of these connoisseurs is Chicago's Lyric Opera percussionist Ed Harrison, for whom the concerto was composed. Harrison learned to play the maracas in the typical Venezuelan style during his tenure as percussionist of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Caracas.
Contents:
Jan Bach, composer
Concerto for Steelpan and Orchestra
Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Paul Freeman, conductor, Liam Teague, steelpan

Gustavo Leone, composer
Harp Concerto
Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Paul Freeman, conductor, Jana Bouskova, harp

Ricardo Lorenz, composer
Concerto for Maracas and Orchestra
Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Paul Freeman, conductor, Ed Harrison, maracas

Morton Gould
Concerto for Tap Dancer and Orchestra
Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Paul Freeman, conductor, Lane Alexander, tap dancer

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