Brett Dean is not shy about revealing what his music is ‘about’. Whether inspired by certain individuals (as in Epitaphs), or by an ecological or human disaster (as in his String Quartet No. 1, on the now all too topical plight of refugees), Dean’s works are usually – perhaps invariably – driven by extra-musical narratives. Rather than tease out any innate structural puzzles or tensions, his music typically falls into short little dramatic narratives – no movement on this disc lasts as long as eight minutes, many of them rather less than five. The most obviously successful work here is Quartet No. 2, ‘And once I played Ophelia’, effectively a dramatic scena. Its soprano soloist is no mere extra voice (as in Schoenberg’s Second Quartet) but the leading protagonist. Allison Bell’s genuinely affecting performance is backed by the Doric Quartet’s expressionist scampering and sustained harmonies, the strings occasionally coming to the fore in the manner of a Schumann-style song postlude.
BGO 2 in 1 remasters of two late 60's blues jazz psych classics. Love their unconventional blues music that mixes latin, jazz, psych with trad blues. Californian Outlaw Blues Band were signed to ABC's Bluesway label by renowned producer Bob Thiele. Thiele had an impressive reputation as a Jazz producer, heading up the Impulse label. Amongst his production credits are B.B. King, John Coltrane and John Lee Hooker. The band recorded these two diverse and musically outstanding albums in 1968 before splitting up. Digitally remastered and slipcased and with new notes. Both classic albums from 1968 & 69. Great electric blues similar to early Paul Butterfield Blues Band
First ever UK CD edition of this classic album from 1973 by original YES guitarist Peter Banks. Features appearances by Jan Akkerman, Phil Collins, Steve Hacket and John Wetton. Peter Banks was the original guitarist of the progressive rock bands The Syn, Yes, Flash and Empire. The BBC's Danny Baker and Big George often called Banks "The architect of progressive music".
High Caliber Explosive Rock Blues, Drenched in Originality, Strong Songs, Diversity and Unmistakable Style! This Talented group of superstar caliber musicians is lead guitarist/singer/songwriter extraordinaire Brett Ellis. For over 20 years Brett has been and continues to be a mainstay in the San Diego music scene. The Brett Ellis Band Brett Ellis (guitars & vocals) Rick Nash (Bass) Calvin Lakin (Drums) Is his most recent endeavor. They have mastered the art of hard rock and blues and continue to push the envelope. Brett has worked with and opened for the who's who in the music industry. Such as Eric Johnson, Edgar Winter, Foghat, Sammy Hagar, Glen Hughes (Deep Purple) Uli Jon Roth, Carl Palmer…
After having recorded Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius (‘Recording of the Month’ in BBC Music), Sir Andrew Davis now turns to two of the composer’s most popular early choral works: Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf and The Banner of Saint George. The recording was made soon after a successful performance, featuring the same ‘excellent Bergen Philharmonic’ and ‘outstanding’ vocal forces: the ‘imposing’ baritone Alan Opie, the ‘high, incisive tenor’ Barry Banks, singing ‘fearlessly in some quite challenging passages’, and the American soprano Emily Birsan, who sang ‘with radiant delicacy’ (The Daily Telegraph).