Arnold Griller - Orchestral Music Vol.1 | Toccata Classics TOCC0424

Arnold Griller - Orchestral Music Vol.1


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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0424

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 29th September 2017



The English composer Arnold Griller (b. 1937), son of the violinist Sidney Griller, grew up in London, surrounded by some of the world’s best-known musicians. In spite of this propitious beginning to his career, his considerable output remains largely unknown – he has had to wait for his 80th birthday for a recording of his orchestral music. This first volume (another is in preparation) presents three of his major works.

Griller’s music turns out to be highly individual, often moving unexpectedly between moods of excitement and drive, wry humour and deep emotion. Griller’s influences and interests range widely, from Domenico Scarlatti to such twentieth-century masters as Milhaud (his main teacher) and Stravinsky, and on to composers of today. Melodic lyricism, rhythmic intensity, textural clarity and contrapuntal complexity combine with a generosity of musical ideas to produce a unique style and voice.

Denis Myasnikov, clarinet, was born in 1978 in the city of Abinsk, Krasnodar Territory, into a family of musicians. He studied as both under- and postgraduate at the Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow, leaving with honours 2005. In his professional career since then, he has worked as a soloist in such orchestras as the Symphony Orchestra of Russian Radio and Television and the Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra. He is currently a soloist with Musica Viva, which he also occasionally conducts.

The career of Alexander Walker has taken him all over the world. His pioneering recordings for Naxos have been of music by Havergal Brian and Ignaz Waghalter. He works regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and has toured with the Royal Ballet to the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theatres in Russia and throughout the USA, as well as to Singapore, Korea, Japan and Turkey. He studied with Ilya Musin at the St Petersburg Conservatoire and has since performed throughout the former Soviet Union.

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