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Boom of the Tingling Strings [CD]

Jon Lord Audio CD
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Jon Lord, Deep Purple's legendary keyboard player who co-wrote many hits including "Smoke on the Water", before going on to play with many bands and musicians have a successful solo career, sadly passed away on Monday, July 16, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0013D8K8M
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,939 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Boom of the Tingling Strings: Adagio assaiPaul Mann/Nelson Goerner/Odense Symfoniorkester 8:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Boom of the Tingling Strings: L'istesso TempoPaul Mann/Nelson Goerner/Odense Symfoniorkester 6:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Boom of the Tingling Strings: AdagioPaul Mann/Nelson Goerner/Odense Symfoniorkester 7:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Boom of the Tingling Strings: Allegro giustoPaul Mann/Nelson Goerner/Odense Symfoniorkester13:55Album Only
Listen  5. Disguises: M.A.s.q.u.e. (Poco Adagio - Allegro moderato e poco pesante)Paul Mann/Odense Symfoniorkester14:22Album Only
Listen  6. Disguises: Music for Miriam (Adagio)Paul Mann/Odense Symfoniorkester10:17Album Only
Listen  7. Disguises: Il Buffone (G.C.) (Allegro vivace)Paul Mann/Odense Symfoniorkester10:57Album Only

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EMI Classics are pleased to release two symphonic works by Jon Lord, better known as a founder member of one of the all-time great rock groups, Deep Purple. Lord's new Piano Concerto, 'Boom of the Tingling Strings,' is performed by Nelson Goerner with the Odense Symfoniorkester under conductor Paul Mann, the concerto's dedicatee. Lord's Suite for String Orchestra, entitled 'Disguises,' completes the programme.

Parallel to his rock career, Jon Lord has composed music for orchestra for nearly forty years. Sometimes described as 'classical cross-over,' Lord's compositions reflect his many musical enthusiasms, which, in addition to orchestral music and rock, include jazz and folk music. While still a member of the 'band,' Lord's Concerto for Group and Orchestra was recorded by Deep Purple with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Malcolm Arnold, selling hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide. Since leaving the re-formed Deep Purple in 2002, Jon has focused his attention on composing. EMI have previously released a number of his works to critical acclaim, including Pictured Within and Beyond the Notes.

Describing the genesis of his Piano Concerto, Jon Lord said, "Since I started to write music for the orchestra, somewhere in my thoughts had been the urge to write a piano concerto. Not so much in the traditional ... sense of a concerto ... but more as a vehicle to express my love for the piano, which I began playing aged six. ... (The concerto) would not be for me to play ... but for concert pianists ... for whom I have unbounded respect and admiration. ... I also wanted to celebrate my lifelong love affair with the orchestra, which seems to me perhaps the greatest of 'instruments' ... and to marry these two loves of mine in music that would sing from my heart to the heart of this wonderful union that is a concerto. ... After a few aborted attempts to begin writing while touring the world with a rock band, in 1998 I came across a poem by D.H. Lawrence called simply Piano, and its effect on me was immediate and profound. The 'I' of the poem seemed to be me. I recognised the childhood that Lawrence described, for it seemed to mirror my own, and the idea of using his images to paint pictures from my own experiences was a persuasive one. ... I immediately began to jot down ideas. The experience was made more resonant for me by that marvellous phrase "the boom of the tingling strings" and I decided then and there, that would be the title."

Former EMI Debut series artist Nelson Goerner, "a player of exalted poetic verve" (Gramophone), is the soloist in Boom of the Tingling Strings. He rises admirably to the technical challenges of the work, particularly the fiendishly difficult last movement and, at the recording sessions, he moved the composer to tears with his deftness of touch and musical sensitivity.

Disguises is a suite in three movements, each a portrait of someone who has inspired the composer. Lord originally conceived the work for string quartet but later expanded it for string orchestra. The first movement, M.A.s.q.u.e., is a portrait of Sir Malcolm Arnold, a seminal influence on Jon Lord's musical life. The second, MUSIC for MIRIAM, is a portrait of the composer's late mother. The final movement, IL BUFFONE (G.C.) is for an old friend, a big bustling man who brings Lord 'occasional benign madness and hilarity when I most need it, but whose joviality can disguise a certain wistfulness.' When Disguises was completed in 2006, Jon Lord decided to dedicate it to Sir Malcolm Arnold, and received word that the great English composer, delighted to be the dedicatee, looked forward to hearing the work. Sadly, Sir Malcolm never heard it as he died four days later.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jon Lord goes from strength to strength 26 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
As I write in late March 2008 Jon Lord's recently released Durham Concerto is doing well and it is a pleasure to have another disc of his classical works released, this time on EMI Classics. If you liked the Durham Concerto you can purchase this disc with confidence. If anything this is the stronger release.

A word about the track listing of the CD. Whoever put the tracks in for Amazon has made a bit of a mess. Boom of the Tingling Strings is a four movement work, followed by the three movements of Disguises.

Boom of the Tingling Strings is not a conventional Piano Concerto, neither is it a piano symphony. Jon Lord describes it as being born out of his appreciation of the piano, and that as he was writing it he found himself tracing the path of his own life in it as well. It comes across as an attractive work in an approachable style. Or rather collection of styles. There is a good helping of English 20th Century pastoral music in here, as well as modern cinematic classical style, jazz, a generous cascades of notes on the piano, and a fair amount more as well.

The first movement begins quietly, with occasional chimes where we would expect to find the first notes on the piano. Finally after 6 minutes the piano joins in ushering a beautiful late 19th century Russian ballet style finale to the movement. If Jon Lord had been content to continue to develop the music introduced so far we would be presented with something like the music we have been waiting for from Mike Oldfield ever since the original Tubular Bells. But Lord has plenty more ideas to add to the pot. In the second movement a Debussy-like flute converses with jazzy elements that include a bar room piano and a bach-gone-blues bassline.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well, this is a good one... 2 Jun 2009
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Like most people, I first heard Jon Lord as the organist in Deep Purple - brash, exciting, but always with a hint of subtlety and eclecticism. I quickly bought the fragmentary but enjoyable Gemini Suite, and the mostly dreary first version of Concerto for Group and Orchestra (the recent revamp was much, much better, and highly recommended). Boom is a quantum leap beyond either of these, yet maintains Lord's signature style. There is more abstraction; a movement towards tone-poems, rather than good riffs or tunes; and not a dull bar on the whole album. Resolutely tonal, Boom may not be pushing any musical boundaries, but its sophistication indicates that Lord is no longer simply a rocker dabbling in orchestral works, but an important composer in his own right. Here is something glorious, enjoyable, and peculiarly English. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius better known for other things 30 Jan 2013
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This is the second collection of orchestral pieces by Lord added to my collection. I expected good, relaxing and enjoyable music and was not disappointed. The piano concerto is unlike any other I have heard, with along introduction; the piano being introduced more slowly than in most well known concerti. The orchestration is unusual and engaging, showing Lord's diverse influences outside classical music. Recording quality is excellent. I can strongly recommend this very original piece.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A matter of taste 3 Mar 2009
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Whether you like this album will depend upon your preference for a pure classical style or the 'cross-over' orientated music of 'Sarabande' or 'Beyond the Notes' which are more jazz orientated, rhythmical, have strong repeated melodies and combine guitars and percussion with an orchestral style. 'Boom of Tingling Strings' is a series of purely orchestral instrumental pieces in a classical style with some jazz orientated passages but is mainly influenced by other mainly 20th century, classical styles. It's stronger melodies seem reminiscent of some found in 'Beyond the Notes' If you like that type of music you will love it. If you prefer the former you may, like me, find it difficult to get in to, whilst still admiring its technical quality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boom of Tingling Strings 25 Mar 2011
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Very pleasant way to spend a sunny afternoon, listening to this. I'll be buying other CD's by Jon Lord and co soon!
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