Roland Chadwick's music--including the pieces featured on The Revealing
--employs the kind of sounds that might be suitable for a contemporary film comedy set in Elizabethan times. With its mandolins, simple string orchestrations and guitars, one could easily imagine Gwyneth Paltrow wandering by. But the overall energy is definitely 21st century, and there are further hints of South American syncopations, glam rock and souped-up English folk-harmonies to keep fans of crossover eclecticism happy. All in all, it's pitched somewhere between Copland being charmingly naïve and Bernstein at his most obviously crowd-pleasing. Chadwick plays his own music with obvious relish, especially in the Mandolin Concerto No.1, with movement titles "Hunting Tune", "Prayer" and "Dance and Ballade", but he is equally good on steel string guitar and Hawaiian slide guitar in his Carabella Suite
. The Segovia Guitar Trio gives an attractive account of the chilled-out and laid-back Letter From LA
while the strings of the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Tolga Kashif sound delicious. --Warwick Thompson
Roland Chadwick's classic 2000 release featuring the English Chamber Orchestra on the ever popular Mandolin Concerto and the first recording of what was to become the Modern Guitar Trio of the evergreen Letter From LA.