DAVID DEBOOR CANFIELD (b.1950): Concerto after Glière for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, Concerto after Tchaikovsky for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra, Rhapsody after Gershwin for Violin and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 05R068
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0346
Description: These authentically Romantic, thoroughly engaging concertos are part of an ongoing series of pieces in which Canfield imagines what great composers of earlier times might have come up with had they written for solo instruments that they never got around to. Heartfelt homage rather than pastiche, the results are skilful, clever and very enjoyable. The concerto 'after Gliere' was the first, from 2007, and consists of an extensively rewritten transcription of Gliere's Intermezzo and Tarantella for contrabass and piano, prefaced by a first movement which is an original composition in Gliere's style, intimately linked to the rest of the concerto to make a satisfying whole. The other two contain no actual quotations, though the works as a whole abound in gestures that are instantly identifiable references to their models. The 'Tchaikovsky' piece is very evidently structured after the Violin Concerto, and the astute listener will readily spot allusions to that work and to the symphonies and the great ballet scores; overall the melodic contours, harmonies and sweeping orchestral opulence are convincingly those of the Russian master. The breezy Rhapsody has more in common with Porgy and Bess in its sumptuous orchestration and effortless melodic flow than the work suggested by its title (which is nonetheless evoked in the central section), and the result is a work of great charm and character. Hayrapet Arakelyan (saxes), Rachel Patrick (violin), Sinfonia Varsovia; Ian Hobson.