music synthesizer has come of age, but of which age, on this beautifully
composer RICHARD HILL has demonstrated here that the music synthesizer
is capable of both powerful and wonderfully sensitive interpretations
of baroque music when in the right hands.
musical abilities are perfectly suited to the demands and potential
of BAROQUE SOUNDS. Winner of a Foundation Open Scholarship to the Royal
College of Music in 1961, he studied under eminent conductor Sir Adrian
Boult, harpsichordist Millicent Silver, trombonist Morris Smith and
composer Philip Cannon. As a gifted instrumentalist he became a founder
member of the London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble whilst still at RCM and
also played principal trombone with many of the UK's top symphony orchestras.
He has great experience as a composer and conductor and particular knowledge
of recording techniques through his work as a record producer in the
fields of serious music, rock and jazz. See full biography.
would Johann Sebastian Bach have made of the music synthesizer?
This tantalising question lies behind the concept and the inspiration
for BAROQUE SOUNDS and raises a central debating point. Are the performances
on this album legitimate? They were created not by 'live' musicians
and only partly by natural, real-time recording, but also by complex
programming. On this album, the synthesizer's vast repertoire of musical
colour creates new visions of great organ music, portrays the noble
brass Coronation music of Charles II, re-creates the hauntingly beautiful
slow movement of the Bach double violin concerto and the delights of
the rarely performed Viviani trumpet sonata, as well as illuminating
other gems of the baroque period. BAROQUE SOUNDS features some of the
greatest and best loved works of Johann Sebastian Bach [1685-1750] and
complements them with rarely heard performances of the works of lesser
known composers of the period from Germany, France, Italy and England.
actually played trombone on the legendary LGBE 1965 Pye/Nonesuch
'King James 1 Royal Brass Music' live album. This was one of the very
first brass ensemble albums and it included both the Gabrieli Sonata
Pian'e forte and the Charles II Coronation music. To include those same
pieces on this music synthesizer recording is a bold choice, as Hill
knew he had to match the naturally produced performance standards of
those live musicians, of which he was one, with these contemporary,
synthesized performances. That musical standard became the benchmark
for the recording of BAROQUE SOUNDS, as is perfectly demonstrated by
these colourful, natural and musically sensitive interpretations of
this exciting and beautiful historic repertoire.
are some free samples from Baroque Sounds: