NIGEL WESTLAKE (b.1958): Invocations for Bass Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra (Nigel Westlake [bass clarinet]), Antarctica for Guitar and Orchestra (Timothy Kain [guitar]), out of the blue... for String Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 02I088
Label: ABC Classics
Reference: 462 017-2
Description: Having had experience in pop music and film scoring, Westlake's music is communicative and very approachable without being facile in any way. A bass clarinettist himself, he has provided what is probably the most attractive of the very few concertos for the instrument that we've heard. Antarctica, like Vaughan Williams' work connected with the same continent, was originally an IMAX film score, revised (with newly composed material also) into a four-movement guitar concerto for John Williams while out of the blue... brings rhythmic and textural effects to the fore, making up for the lack of orchestral color. Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; David Porcelijn.