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  • Performer: Kathryn Tickell
  • Conductor: Mischa Damev
  • Composer: Jon Lord
  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Avie
  • ASIN: B000ZOWOCS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Durham Concerto: Part I, Morning, I. The Cathedral at DawnRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Mischa Damev, John Lord11:31Album Only
Listen  2. Durham Concerto: Part I, Morning, II. Durham AwakesRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Mischa Damev, John Lord 8:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Durham Concerto: Part II, Afternoon, I. The Road from LindisfarneRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Mischa Damev, John Lord 7:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Durham Concerto: Part II, Afternoon, II. From Prebends BridgeRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Mischa Damev, John Lord 8:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Durham Concerto: PArt III, Evening, I. Rags & GalasRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Mischa Damev, John Lord 8:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Durham Concerto: Part III, Evening, II. Durham NocturneRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Mischa Damev, John Lord12:11Album Only

Product Description

The magnificent Norman cathedral on the rock, part of the World Heritage site shared by Durham University and Durham Cathedral, was the setting for the world premiere of Jon Lord's "Durham Concerto" commissioned by the University to commemorate its 175th anniversary. The 1,000 strong audience rose spontaneously to its feet as the final climax reflected Sir Walter Scott's vision, which is engraved on Prebends Bridge: "Grey Towers of Durham/Yet well I love thy mixed and massive piles/ Half church of God, half castle 'gainst the Scot". The work emotionally evokes the sense of history, scholarship, place and community evident in Durham - and unbroken line from St Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede, Europe's leading scholar of the 7th and 8th centuries, to the modern day university.

Jon Lord, known to all for "Smoke On The Water" and as the driving force behind Deep Purple, was classically trained and has returned to his roots. Durham Concerto cements his position as a leading contemporary composer. Each of its six movements in this hour long piece reflects a different aspect of a day in Durham. The serene "The Cathedral At Dawn" has undertones of Vaughan Williams in its expansiveness, while "Ragas and Galas" celebrates town and gown, using Bernsteinian rhythms and interruptions of "Gaudeamus Igitur". Northumbrian pipes, played by its world's leading exponent, Kathryn Tickell, give a true sense of North-East wilderness and melancholy to "The Road From Lindisfarne", reflecting the pilgrimage by the Cuthbert Community, carrying St Cuthbert's body and the Lindisfarne gospels, one of the world's great treasures, to found Durham Cathedral in the 11th century.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Mischa Damev perform the work along with an array of world class soloists in this concerto for violin, cello, Northumbrian pies and organ: Ruth Palmer (violin) won the Young British Performer award at this year's Classical Brit Awards, Matthew Barley (cello) who recently featured in BBC2 TV's "Classical Star" series, Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian Pipes) and of course, Jon Lord on his original Hammond organ, one of the very few occasions that such an evocative instrument has been used in an orchestral setting. Jon Lord's 'Durham Concerto' is a contemporary classic.

Personnel:
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Mischa Damev (conductor), Matthew Barley (cello), Jon Lord (Hammond organ), Ruth Palmer (violin), Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian pipes)

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Davis on 3 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Jon Lord is best known for playing in rock group Deep Purple. For over 30 years from the late 60's to 2001 he straddled the classical and rock music worlds, before deciding to concentrate on classical music.

The Durham Concerto was commissioned by Durham University to mark their 175th anniversary. It had it's premiere in Durham Cathedral in 2007. It shows that Jon Lord is a cut above most rock musicians who produce classical pieces. He doesn't make things too complicated. He doesn't use too many notes. He lets his music breathe. He also has the good sense to base this work around the talents of a few excellent musicians: cellist Matthew Barley, violinist Ruth Palmer, and most distinctive of all Northumbrian pipe player Kathryn Tickell. He brings their playing styles into the music.

He creates a musical language that evokes both the Northumbrian countryside and Durham Cathedral by bringing together traditional local folk tunes and church music scales. This immediately brings the classic pastoral music of Vaughan Williams to mind. In the lusher passages he is close to Bantock (especially the Celtic Symphony), and in the faster sections there is an inventiveness that is not far from Matthew Arnold, who conducted the first performance of his `Concerto for Group and Orchestra' in 1969.

The work is intended to describe a day in the life of the city of Durham. It is in three parts: Morning, Afternoon and Evening: each with two movements. There is plenty of brilliant playing from the principal musicians, with able accompaniment from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Overall this is a strong work, but it does have one weakness and one missed opportunity. The weakness is that there is too much slow music - four out of the six movements.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Karen on 21 Mar. 2008
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I bought this recording because my son, a student at Durham, was in the cathedral for the first live performance and rated it highly. I was a Deep Purple fan in my youth, too! The first time I listened to the concerto all the way through I was left feeling slightly 'flat', as other reviewers have commented, but I have listened to it quite a few times now and love it more and more. I was going to say that 'From Prebends Bridge' is my favourite movement but I went and checked the CD and decided I'd be hard pushed to chose one track above the others. Listen to them all - more than once - and see what you think!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yorkie on 14 Jun. 2009
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An evocative and exciting picture in sound of the ancient city of Durham which mirrors both its historic past and academic and lively present. Jon Lord has blended a wide selection of instruments, from a traditional orchestra to Northumbrian pipes (in the skilfull hands of Kathryn Tickell)to produce a fitting tribute to this beautiful city. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bo Olsson on 15 May 2009
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Wow, what more can I say. One of the best concertos since Beethoven's days. It's beautiful and powerful and I just can't stop listening to it. This has quickly become one of my favourites along with Beethoven Violin concerto. It's just that good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. Jensen-little on 18 July 2009
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This is a wonderfully evocative piece of music which captures the spirit and history of Durham City. "Bonnie At Morn" played on Northumbrian pipes adds to the beauty and pathos of this wonderful piece of music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peggy from Bucks on 22 Jan. 2010
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I used to be fan of Deep Purple in my younger days and could not believe that it was the same Jon Lord who has written Durham Concerto. The man is a genius and a true musician. I first heard it on Classic F.M. and the haunting sound of the North Umbrian pipes was enough to know I had to hear more. It is a wonderful concerto full of musical styles and surprises. The more I listen to it the more I want to hear it again. It is a "must buy".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 Mar. 2010
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I have had the opportunity to listen to "Durham Concerto" several times whilst driving listening to through the car stereo.. Each time I was able to hear the subtleties and nuances that make listening to good music so pleasurable. I heard what I thought was MGM, as it were in some parts and even Bartok in the fifth movement, particularly the Concerto for Orchestra. I enjoyed the pastoral feel of the slower movements with the Northumbrian pipes, which given the dedication to Durham, also celebrated the North East. May be because of its Englishness I was looking to hear other signatures from other English composers. The thing is that this "Concerto" stands in its own right.

I loved the way the way the clarinets in the Orchestra pre-empted the Gaudeamus Igitur in the fifth movement. Splendid stuff. All in all I enjoyed this piece of music immensely. It would be great if it would form part of some Orchestra's repertoire. I guess the risk is that because of the length of the piece it would probably need to be the major part of any programme and, of course, the subsequent willingness of audiences to pay to listen to some thing that was relatively new.

I played the CD on a Bose system at home and I heard things that couldn't be picked up on the car stereo. This enhanced my experience and pleasure. The ultimate test, of course, in any music played at home is whether my lovely wife gives her seal of approval. I am glad to say that she did and Jon Lord will now become part of the home repertoire.

Having read some of the reviews on Amazon I was disappointed with those that didn't score the work highly. There was an expectation that there should have been more tempo; faster music, so to speak..
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