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Six Pieces For Orchestra [CD]

Tony Banks, The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Englishby, Charlie Siem, Martin Robertson Audio CD
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  • Composer: Tony Banks
  • Audio CD (26 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0071K5KWU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,968 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. SIX Pieces for Orchestra: No. 1. SirenCharlie Siem 8:49Album Only
Listen  2. SIX Pieces for Orchestra: No. 2. Still WatersCharlie Siem 6:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. SIX Pieces for Orchestra: No. 3. BladeCharlie Siem10:20Album Only
Listen  4. SIX Pieces for Orchestra: No. 4. Wild PilgrimageCharlie Siem 8:14Album Only
Listen  5. SIX Pieces for Orchestra: No. 5. The OracleCharlie Siem 5:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. SIX Pieces for Orchestra: No. 6. City of GoldCharlie Siem12:05Album Only

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Tony Banks, founder member of rock band Genesis, has already written a much admired orchestral work called Seven (8.557466), in which he was praised for his 'genuine melodic gift' (Gramophone). His new work consists of six evocative songs without words which may arouse in the listener ideas of seduction, journeys, heroes, quests, decisions and goals. Two of the pieces feature solo instruments alto saxophone on Siren and violin on Blade played here by elite soloists, which mesh into Banks's orchestral tapestry with bewitching effect. The remaining pieces reveal his outstanding lyrical gifts and total command of musical narrative.

Tony Banks has a big following for his solo work outside the group. His classical compositions have been admired for their lyricism and melodic qualities, with some critics noting an affinity with the string works of Vaughan Williams.

Throughout 2009 Charlie Siem's reputation as one of the brightest new classical artists grew with prestigious concerts in Paris, London, Oslo, Bergen and Basel. He has since enjoyed a very successful career, appearing with major orchestras and at festivals around the world. Martin Robertson began his solo career in 1986, and has since performed as a soloist with the Berlin, Los Angeles and London Philharmonic Orchestras, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Ensemble Intercontemporain.

Classic FM CD of the Week (Week beginning 19/03/2012).

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genesis melodies and harmonies. 6 April 2012
By Squonk
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If you love Genesis then you may wish to give this wonderful album a listen?
The melodies and harmonies hint at Genesis songs you HAVE heard and Genesis songs that may have been had the band still been a working unit.
The songs have been arranged for Orchestra and have a Vaughn-Willians, Gustav Holst feel to my ears. One could play 'The Lark ascending' by Vaughn-Williams and then a section of Holst's 'The Planets' followed by one of the pieces from 'Six' and find them all complimentary.
Upon first play i found the 52 minute play time whiz by. It had me involved every step of the way and i wanted to hear it again.
The orchestra sounds great and the solo performances are exquisite as one expects from NAXOS.
To sum up: It delivers from the first play and grows from there into a special experience.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where would we be without Tony Banks in 2012? 2 May 2012
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This is an album that has been made by the right man at the right time of his life-I feel all of Tony's music has lead him naturally to this great point,this is what Tony the composer was always meant to do.

The album contains some extraordinary beautiful music.I am a great fan of Delius and hoped by this second classical release that Tony would have 'hit his stride'...Well,he certainly has.
Listen closely to the piece 'Blade' it reminds me in places of Rimsky-Korsakov,with its excellent use of the violin to evoke sensations of joy,wistfulness and yes soaring elation.

I agree with so many others,that it would be fantastic to see this work performed live at some point.

All in all a very commendable work-well done Tony,your hard work creating this new album is very much appreciated.Indeed where would we be without Tony Banks in 2012, as we try to find musical solace in a world besotted with lightweight disposable pap!

Best Wishes

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first-class classical album from Mr Banks 30 April 2012
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Tony Banks gained valuable experience from his first attempt at putting together a suite of classical music pieces
under the Naxos label - the previous album "SEVEN". This time round he has worked with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra under Paul Englishby. In my humble opinion this has helped greatly and the overall feel of this production sounds so much better than the first. This new work consists of 6 classical pieces, 2 of which feature solo elements - alto saxophone on "SIREN" (Martin Robertson) and violin on "BLADE" (Charlie Siem). These world class elite soloists were a great choice and have contributed to raise this album to a higher level.

MELODY is very prominent throughout the compositions and the soloist pieces are the magical touch - the piece "BLADE" being the highlight of the album. I wonder whether "CITY OF GOLD" relates to Banks' composition from the 1976 Genesis album "A TRICK OF THE TAIL"?

Tony Banks does not play piano on these pieces but fully concentrates on his role as Composer - a role that suits him well and which we hope will allow us to enjoy further classical albums in the future and perhaps also some film soundtrack music.

On another note, perhaps the album deserves a better front cover artwork as the overall simplicity of the blocks does not reflect the internal content.

I rate SIX as a 5 star album - fits in perfectly as a 21st century classical piece of work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Jerry
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It has been over eight years since Tony Banks released his first all-orchestral album "Seven", which (as I mentioned in my review at the time) managed to be a successful instance of an artist crossing over into the classical genre in spite of the general tendency for these ventures to have dubious results. I enjoyed "Seven" thoroughly, and I was curious and hopeful to hear more. Banks has dedicated the last several years of his solo career solely to orchestral music, and his compositional style, even in other areas, always seemed to evoke orchestral composition as a result of its inherent complexity.

Thankfully, Tony Banks has returned this year with "Six Pieces for Orchestra", which, as the title suggests, has one less composition than its predecessor. Banks joked recently that if he hangs around long enough he might just make it to Zero. Jocularity aside, "Six" happens to be even more musically adventurous than its predecessor. Banks' compositional style outside of classical often involves unique chords and complex arrangements. With "Seven," when he applied these complexities, he noted that often the results, while pleasing, were more straightforward than he had expected. As a result, with "Six", he decided that he could take the orchestra even further compositionally, which results in a more adventurous result on every track. The orchestra turns out to be the perfect palette for Banks, and the end performance on this album is directly from his composition and not the expansive musings of an orchestrator vigorously extrapolating a simple melody (which is unfortunately a frequent occurrence for many crossovers into the classical genre).

The most obvious differences to "Seven" are two compositions that feature a lead instrument: a violin on Blade and a saxophone on Siren.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased - nice music 2 Oct 2012
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As a huge Tony Banks fan, I would struggle to find anything wrong with any of his music. There are some very nice melodies in this album and it is a really pleasant piece of music to listen to. He has adapted to orchestral music very well. There are certainly parts of it where you can identify the composer's distinctive harmonies, key progressions, and his ability to create a beautiful sound, and I would certainly recommend it. Because of the genre it is, I think it lacks power and emotion slightly (maybe needs a bit more drums and bass). I cannot find the raw emotion that you find in such pieces as ripples, entangled, Island in the darkness, firth of fith, Afterglow etc etc. Just wish Tony would perform live one day - I think he is such a gifted musician and composer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Banks re-birth continues
Always a very talented rock keyboard player who often displayed his Classical British Upper Middle Class upbringing, Tony Banks has striven hard over the last decade or so to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Relayer69
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting piece from the ex Genesis man
A couple of the tracks are really good and well constructed. But a few a a bit 'film score' like.
Not at all Genesis like!
Published 14 months ago by eric Gussin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
This was sent well wrapped so did not get bent or dunted in the post. Item as described and sent quickly
Published 18 months ago by C
4.0 out of 5 stars A curio worth an occasional listen
The name Tony Banks will forever associated with the rock band Genesis, of which he was a founder member, but he is also a solo artist, a composer of film music, most notably for... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Stuart Sillitoe
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
Listened to this a couple of times but haven't rushed back to listen to it again. Sounds like a film score
Published 20 months ago by Claire Scutter
3.0 out of 5 stars Tony Banks Six PFO
Interesting mix of the classical . Listened to it twice ,need more time to take in the themes .Would have liked added. prog keyboard material on the first impression . Read more
Published 21 months ago by James Derrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasant.
I like it. It's the sort of pleasant background music you can put on in the car, in lieu of Classic FM and it washes over you. Tony Banks is a good musician. Read more
Published 21 months ago by jon F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Six pieces, five stars!
Unlike some of Tony Banks' previous solo albums, this album is excellent. Melodic, soothing and well-produced, it's a winner. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sarasa
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand master of symphonic music strikes all the right notes
Tony Banks of Genesis, often misleadingly referred to as a 'rock star', produces another. fine orchestral work. Read more
Published on 3 July 2012 by R. Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Packed with memorable themes and cracking performances from the chosen soloists. I've not heard Tony's first album but it's only a matter of time before I buy that one too.
Published on 16 Jun 2012 by Philip R. Symons
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