Beaser: Guitar Concerto

Beaser: Guitar Concerto

Beaser: Guitar Concerto
CKD 528
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Conducting legend José Serebrier, together with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, performs the premiere recording of four works by contemporary American composer, Robert Beaser.

Two of the works, Notes on a Southern Sky and the Guitar Concerto, were written for guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk, a noted pupil of Andrés Segovia, who performed the concerto alongside José Serebrier in 2015 and returns for this recording. Eliot describes them as ‘epic works of historical importance in the history of the guitar.’ Premiered by Eliot in New York in 2009, the Guitar Concerto is truly symphonic in scale with virtuoso passages that only a master could write; the variety of styles perfectly exploits Eliot's dazzling agility.

Evening Prayer is an orchestral tone poem demonstrating the melodic and harmonic beauty which characterises Beaser’s style.

Ground O is Beaser’s own orchestration of an earlier work written within a month of the events of September 11; its power to reflect the enormous sadness of this tragedy is unspeakably moving.

Recording sponsored by Paul Underwood and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.