Christopher Lewis (harpsichord), John McMurtery (flute), West Side Chamber Orchestra, Kevin Mallon (conductor)
Attracted by a delightful fusion of early music sonorities with modern expressiveness, the three composers on this amazingly rich and varied album build on the magnificent harpsichord concerto legacy of JS Bach. John Rutter's beautiful Suite Antique is full of rich and haunting themes, with a significant solo flute part and a jazzy Waltz which is as much Brubeck as Bach. Philip Glass delivers an exciting experience of virtuoso instrumental blending and solo expressiveness, and with typical wit and elegance. Jean Francaix's Concerto is terrific fun throughout. Appearing here in his Naxos debut, Christopher D Lewis is a young and rising star who is particularly known for his work in contemporary harpsichord repertoire. Kevin Mallon is an established Naxos artist and renowned for his excellent recordings of early Classical and Baroque repertoire. Mallon's expertise with both chamber forces and the harpsichord suits this more contemporary program perfectly.
Rutter Suite Antique, Glass Concerto for Harpsichord and Chamber Orchestra, Francaix Concerto pour Clavecin et Ensemble Instrumental
Running Time: 1 hr 4 min