Mike Mills - Concerto for Violin, Rock Band & String Orchestra | Orange Mountain Music OMM0113

Mike Mills - Concerto for Violin, Rock Band & String Orchestra

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Label: Orange Mountain Music

Cat No: OMM0113

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 28th October 2016

Contents

Artists

Mike Mills (bass)
Robert McDuffie (violin)
MCS Ensemble
Elizabeth Pridgen (piano)

Conductor

Ward Stare

Works

Adams, John

Road Movies

Glass, Philip

Symphony no.3

Mills, Mike

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band & String Orchestra

Artists

Mike Mills (bass)
Robert McDuffie (violin)
MCS Ensemble
Elizabeth Pridgen (piano)

Conductor

Ward Stare

About

The focus had to be on the melodies, Mills says of his initial thoughts on writing the music. ...I started by writing the chords. I tried to put the melody on that, and tried to think of it with the violin in mind but since Ive never written for violin before, that was really a hypothetical approach.

This was composer Mike Millss approach to composing his first work for the concert hall after a long career as a member of the successful rock band R.E.M.. His 2016 Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra, recorded here in its world premiere recording on Orange Mountain Music, features virtuoso Robert McDuffie, an all-star ensemble of rock musicians including John Neff, Williams Tonks, Patrick Ferguson, masterful string arrangements by David Mallamud, and the MCS Ensemble - an elite group of string players from the McDuffie Center for Strings. The Concerto is the product of a long-time friendship between violinist Robert McDuffie and his friend Mills also from Georgia. The piece is cast in six movements and oscillates between fantastic ensemble playing to the sweeping melodies which are the hallmarks of the best of Mills writing as he did when with R.E.M.. The result is a true collaboration of gifted musical piers.

The recording is rounded out by a fresh new interpretation of American composer John Adamss Road Movies for
violin and piano with McDuffie teaming up with pianist Elizabeth Pridgen. The programme is completed by a new recording of Philip Glasss Symphony No.3 for strings featuring the MCS Ensemble under conductor Ward Stare (music director of the Rochester Philiharmonic and Lyric Opera of Chicago regular). Produced by Michael Riesman, this recording showcases three American composers, a Minimalist, a post-Minimalist, and a rock star.

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