Convergence

Convergence

by Chris Brubeck

SACD(Super Audio CD)

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Overview

Convergence

Since Chris Brubeck's Convergence premiered in 2001, its original subtitle -- "Concerto for Pops Orchestra" -- seems to have been dropped. That makes sense, because even though the work is steeped in blues and New Orleans jazz, there's no reason to restrict it to the "pops concert" circuit; it's simply a full-fledged orchestral work in a distinctly American style, culminating in an immensely enjoyable "Grande Parade du Funk." Jazz-classical hybrids like this are hard to bring off, but add Convergence to the list of works by Bernstein, Gershwin, and a handful of others that succeed. Brubeck's River of Song (2002) attempts an even trickier balancing act, assigning poems by children aged 8 to 13 (though e. e. cummings gets the last word) to the sophisticated operatic vocals of Frederica von Stade and Rachel Luxon. With evocative orchestral writing that brings out the watery themes of the verses, it's an appealing work, full of melodies and rhythms that wouldn't be out of place in a Broadway show. Besides being a composer, Brubeck plays a mean bass trombone, and both skills are on display in the Prague Concerto (2004), his second solo work for the instrument. Trombone concertos are few and far between, but this one will enrich the repertoire of any soloist who's able to handle the jazz licks Brubeck writes into the part. The outer movements are full of fun (whatever the political commentary intended by the finale's "Dance of the Neocons"), but the mysteriously lyrical slow movement is, in every respect, the heart of the matter. It's only fair to satisfy the reader's suspicion that Brubeck is, in fact, the son of jazz great Dave Brubeck, but this album shows that he's entirely deserving of attention for his unique musical merits.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/18/2005
Label: Koch Int'l Classics
UPC: 0099923765325
catalogNumber: 7653

Tracks

  1. Convergence, for orchestra
  2. River of Song, for 2 vocal soloists & orchestra
  3. Prague Concerto, for trombone & orchestra

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