ANDY PAPE (b.1955): An Amerikaner in Danmark, Suburban Nightmares for Tuba and Orchestra, Traces of Time Lost for Bassoon and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 07P075
Description: Much of the material in the ironically titled, smartly tongue-in-cheek and riotously entertaining Amerikaner comes from various pieces by Gershwin, transformed in unexpected ways and re-orchestrated with Bernsteinian flair. More than a Gershwin pastiche, the work is an original creation in Pape's own idiom, in the spirit of 'An American in Paris'. The programmatic argument of the tuba piece is carried by the contrasting middle movements, depicting the human desire for a safe, secure environment, represented by suburban life, and the nightmare that it might be lost - subsumed in the bustle of the city or stranded in the loneliness of the countryside. An ominous prelude precedes a meandering, doggedly positive yet slightly uneasy essay with shades of the English pastoral and Coplandish outdoorsiness. The unease takes center stage in the following movement, with raucous urban pounding juxtaposed with sinister Bartókian night-music. The bassoon concerto is 'about' time - cosmic time, with vast reverberating spaces echoing and repeating events; suspended time, a long-breathed, reflective melody, effectively an accompanied cadenza for the soloist, melancholy and somewhat Shostakovich-like in contour; and the unpredictable, irresistible, all too rapid flow of time for a motorically propelled finale in constant, sometimes violent, motion. Carl Boye Hansen (tuba), Morten Østergaard (bassoon), Odense Symphony Orchestra; Henrik Vagn Christensen. SACD hybrid