Ruders: Guitar Concertos & Solos / Starobin, Palma, Wagner

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This disc compiles 4 award-winning recordings of works that Danish composer Poul Ruders has written for the guitarist, David Starobin. Psalmodies is an eleven movement ëconcerto-concert-suiteí that begins and ends with movements for solo guitar, and displays a wide range of emotions ñ from introspective to circus-like. Starobin and Speculum Musicaeís performance was named a Fanfare ëBest of the Yearí. Etude and Ricercare is a sober 13 minute essay in pure polyphony. Originally on Bridge 9057, the recording was Gramophone ìEditorís Choiceî. Chaconne is a short meditative solo that was originally on Starobinís Newdance. Newdance won the 2000 ìIndieîfor Best Solo CD of the Year and a Grammy nomination for ìBest Solo Performanceî. Paganini Variations (originally released on Bridge 9122) is a high-spirited concerto based on Paganiniís famous 24th Caprice. Given a 10-10 (highest rating) by Classics, critic David Hurwitz wrote: ìPoul Rudersí music is expressionistic in the best sense of the term: exciting, extreme, violent, hallucinatory, and often strikingly beautiful ñ it grabs you by the throat and never lets go. How guitarist David Starobin gets all of those notes under his fingers is anyoneís guess, but manage it he does. Itís an amazingly virtuosic display of supreme musicianship.î

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: BCD9136

  • UPC: 090404913624

  • Label: Bridge Records

  • Composer: Poul Ruders

  • Conductor: Donald Palma, Jan Wagner

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Odense Symphony Orchestra, Speculum Musicae

  • Performer: Benjamin Hudson, Carol Zeavin, Charles Neidich, David Starobin, Donald MacCourt, Eric Bartlett, Maureen Gallagher, Michael Willens, Poul Ruders, Stephen Taylor, William Purvis