Baroque Beatles Book

Baroque Beatles Book

by Joshua Rifkin
     
 

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This record is one of the better executed attempts by "the squares" to understand the Beatles, and one of the best examples of "classical versions of popular music" -- a genre that has no real reason to exist, but so be it. Joshua Rifkin, who would later repopularize Scott Joplin as a composer, "rediscoveredSee more details below

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This record is one of the better executed attempts by "the squares" to understand the Beatles, and one of the best examples of "classical versions of popular music" -- a genre that has no real reason to exist, but so be it. Joshua Rifkin, who would later repopularize Scott Joplin as a composer, "rediscovered and edited" these pieces, which set Lennon-McCartney melodies -- nothing past 1965 -- in the style of Handel, Bach, and Telemann. The liner notes and titles are groanworthy -- "Epstein Variations, MBE 69a" and "Cantata for the Third Saturday After Shea Stadium, MBE 58,000" -- but because Rifkin is no hack, the music is accomplished. These are rhapsodies on themes, not simple symphonic transcriptions. The somber "La Paix" to which "Things We Said Today" is set reveals a melodic line not too far from an English melody such as "Greensleeves." Thankfully short, the record makes its statement -- a comical counterpart to the music theorists who wanted, at the outset of Beatlemania, to compare Lennon-McCartney to Bach and Mozart.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/2009
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597983227
catalogNumber:
517948
Rank:
109929

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Tracks

  1. Ouverture (I Want to Hold Your Hand)
  2. Réjouissance (I'll Cry Instead)
  3. La Paix (Things We Said Today)
  4. L'amore s'en cachant (You've Got to Hide Your Love Away)
  5. Les Plaisirs (Ticket to Ride)
  6. Epstein Variations (Hold Me Tight), MBE 69A
  7. Chorus "Last Night I Said" (Please Please Me)
  8. Recitative "In They Came Joking"
  9. Aria "When I Was Younger" (Help!)
  10. Chorale "You Know, If You Break My Heart" (I'll Be Back)
  11. Grave - Allegro - Grave (Eight Days a Week)
  12. Quodlibette (She Loves You, Thank You Girl, Hard Day's Night)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joshua Rifkin   Primary Artist,Conductor
Canby Singers   Vocal Ensemble
Edward Tatnall Canby   Choir Director
Harold Brienes   Tenor (Vocal)
Merseyside Kammermusikgesellschaft Baroque Ensemble   Ensemble
Harold Brienes   Tenor (Vocal)
Baroque Ensemble of the Merseyside Kammermusikgesellschaft   Ensemble

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Songwriter,Composer,Original Material
Paul McCartney   Songwriter,Composer,Original Material
Joshua Rifkin   Composer,Liner Notes
Mark Abramson   Producer,Audio Production
Bob Fisher   Mastering
Bob Ludwig   Remastering
Arthur Moorhead   Reissue Preparation
Paul Rothchild   Audio Production
William S. Harvey   Cover Design
Richie Unterberger   Liner Notes
Kasia Ozmin   Reissue Design
Roger Hane   Cover Art

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