RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT (1936-2012): Morning Music, Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Orchestra, The Four Seasons, IRWIN BAZELON (1922-1995): Midnight Music.
Catalogue Number: 09T068
Label: Mark Records
Description: Aside from one arrangement of a work originally for strings, this is Bennett's complete output for wind orchestra. The paradoxical composer, who studied with Boulez and employed dodecaphony, and wrote unfailingly accessible music including many film scores and jazz, composed Morning Music in 1986. It illustrates a line of Wordsworth about "Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples" in the light of morning. Based on a 12-note theme, the piece sounds warmly and richly tonal, evoking bells, chant, crowds and jazzy bustle in a busy city coming to life. The concerto begins with its dodecaphonic subject, skillfully chosen to assert a sense of tonality from the outset. A lively allegro leads to the return of the opening cadenza material, and then the second movement, a jazz ballad Elegy for Miles Davis. This sultry, mellow and moving section is followed by a lively finale based on the opening material. The Four Seasons is an easy-going take on the subject, with a lively Spring, a languid Summer, gently lyrical Autumn and sparkling Winter. Bazelon's work was written as a kind of response and companion piece to Bennett's Morning Music. A New Yorker (as was the British Bennett for years), Bazelon expressionistically depicts a night-time cityscape, raucous, filled with the sounds of distant jazz, and slightly sinister. Martin Winter (trumpet), Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra; Timothy Reynish.