Evelyn Glennie (percussion), Hila Plitmann (soprano), Mark Baechle (Electronics production and performance), Albany Symphony, David Alan Miller (conductor)
2014 GRAMMY AWARD WINNER - BEST CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL SOLO
Leading American composer John Corigliano had reservations about writing a percussion concerto, but the challenge fascinated him. The result is Conjurer, a concerto for percussion like no other, in which 'wood, metal and skin' are utilised in such a way that the soloist, Dame Evelyn Glennie - the world's greatest percussion virtuoso - 'conjures' the musical material from these three choirs, and the orchestra then shares and develops the themes. Vocalise employs electronics in a way that serves to heighten the expressive beauty of the writing, gradually leading the listener from a purely acoustic experience to one that becomes suffused by amplification and electronics. Awarded Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2007, Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history successfully to create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. She is the leading commissioner of around 170 new works for solo percussion from many of the world's most eminent composers. David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation.
Corigliano Conjurer, Vocalise
Running Time: 57 min
'The performances are all top notch for these world premiere recordings. Sound quality is equally well-matched imaging the orchestral well in the acoustic picture presented here' (4 STARS Cinemusical)
'Even though Corigliano's 'Vocalise' is not so immediately appealing as his terrific Conjurer Concerto, both works are ravishingly performed on this CD. Evelyn Glennie is the 'singer' in the Percussion Concerto and her brilliant playing is very well supported by the committed musicians of the Albany Symphony' (4 STARS Pizzicato Magazine)
'Two scores to discover, with the composer himself as a guide, who signs the booklet text' (Diapason)