Terry Riley - The Palmian Chord Ryddle, At the Royal Majestic | Naxos - American Classics 8559739

Terry Riley - The Palmian Chord Ryddle, At the Royal Majestic

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Label: Naxos - American Classics

Cat No: 8559739

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 10th November 2017

Contents

Artists

Tracy Silverman (electric violin)
Todd Wilson (organ)
Nashville Symphony

Conductor

Giancarlo Guerrero

Works

Riley, Terry

At the Royal Majestic
The Palmian Chord Ryddle

Artists

Tracy Silverman (electric violin)
Todd Wilson (organ)
Nashville Symphony

Conductor

Giancarlo Guerrero

About

Terry Riley’s name will always be associated with his breakthrough work In C, but his influence on modern music has stretched far beyond minimalism. Both of the works on this recording reveal Riley’s spirit of exploration and his close collaboration with remarkable musicians. Commissioned by the Nashville Symphony, The Palmian Chord Ryddle is a kind of musical autobiography in which electric violin pioneer Tracy Silverman’s “one-man string quartet” sets the pace for the sparse, translucent orchestration. At the Royal Majestic is another recent example of Riley’s work with a symphony orchestra and a virtuosic soloist, in this case organist Todd Wilson. Its title refers to “the mighty Wurlitzer housed in grand movie palaces,” and the music draws on a wide variety of genres including gospel, ragtime, Baroque chorales, and boogie.

Reviews

Silverman ranges from screaming solos and bass guitar-like riffs, virtuosic passagework, multiple chording to spooky, synthesised sounds: for all the score's hazy excess, this is a joyous declaration of faith in long-form composition. ... Riley revels in his gargantuan resources, particularly the banks of percussion. Only he could ennoble theatre organ and electric violin with such bold seriousness and sense of celestial play.  Helen Wallace (Concerto Choice)
BBC Music Magazine March 2018

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