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  • Audio CD (13 Jan. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000004CWO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,840 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overnight Mail: Priority
2. Overnight Mail: Standard
3. Overnight Mail: Saturday Delivery
4. Telephone Book: The Yellow Pages
5. Telephone Book: The Blue Pages
6. Telephone Book: The White Pages
7. July
8. Flint
9. Change Of Address: East 33rd Street
10. Change Of Address: Riverside Drive
11. Change Of Address: Bank Street
12. Change of Address: West 102nd Street
13. Change Of Address: West 4th Street
14. Change Of Address: West Houston Street

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DEC 455684; DECCA - Inghilterra;

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dmmoly2@yahoo.co.uk on 29 Jan. 2000
I listened first to White Pages as I heard a snippet of it on BBC Radio 3 while driving to work. I liked the style, harmonic changes and economic use of motifs and decided to hunt a Torke CD. I bought Overnight Mail, but I find myself listening more to Telephone Book as it is a more interesting work and seems better compositionally than the other works on the album which seem more borrowed, more eclectic. This review might be rather naive but I think Torke has a great talent and as soon as he rids himself of this 'minimalist influence' (which after all is old hat as it been round for more than a quarter of century) he could be a major influence in the 21st Century in devising a new tonality which would give a kickstart in musical composition which has seem to gone into the wilderness and help give Mankind a successor to the 1 or 2 great composersofthe 20th Century ie.(Stravinsky/Shostakovich).
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By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Aug. 2009
I've owned this disc for more than ten years now, and it is so rich that, each time get I it down from the shelf, I hear more in it, and my estimation of its beauty and its style increases correspondingly.

I wish there were so much more of this kind of music around. In fact I wish that music like this were at the heart of the mainstream of where the classical tradition had evolved to, in this day. Unfortunately the honkery, tweetery of the experimental avant gardes of the sixties and seventies still hold what's left of the tradition in its toxic thrall. At least on this side of the Atlantic anyway.

The melodic element of Torke's music is entirely up to date, and draws heavily and unabashedly from the popular sounds of everyday life. Blues and rock like riffs surface quite frequently from amidst the counterpoint. His instrumentation, these works are scored for a variety of ensembles, has jazz like elements, with lots of brass and saxophones, but the harmonic and rhythmic language are too austere to be mistaken for jazz. However, it is the muscular and hard working counterpoint that ensures that this is music for the concert hall, lovingly crafted for audiences who want to listen hard, but are imbued with the popular idioms of their day. It is also why, no matter how many times you hear these works, there will always be another angle to listen to them from. The music is life affirming and optimistic even when introspective. I would humbly suggest that the reviewer who suggests that Torke needs to shed the minimalist influence to achieve his full potential has yet to really give himself up to the music. Torke might use repeated riff like devices at the start of a piece, in the minimalist manner, to maybe catch the attention of the more casual listener.
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In my book Michael Torke is the best in Contemporary music. I listen for hours and never feel bored. I am not a musician but I know whats good-his work in my opinion is much more than that. My especial favourite is colour music. I strongly recommend anyone to sit and listen
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable disc! 2 Jan. 2004
By meteordude - Published on Amazon.com
I am a big fan of Michael Torke. His music tends to be upbeat and his compositions put a smile on my face. For those who enjoy so-called 'minimalism', there is a decent chance that you will really enjoy Torke's music, and find his unique orchestrations and compositional techniques to be invigorating and original. Now, there are certainly many people who would not enjoy this music at all... I hope my brief words here can help you to figure that out for yourself (if you are new to his music, of course) That being said,
The fist piece 'Overnight Mail' is awesome, I love the instrumentation here (lots of smooth brass and sultry saxes) and the music is catchy and fun. One of his best pieces in my opinion, it is wrought with the rhythmic dynamicism and melodic ingenuity that I have grown to love, and has a sort of 'late-night out in the city' feel. (I was living in San Francisco when I bought this disc, hehe)
The rest of the disc is good and, at times, great. The last piece, change of address, has not grown on me all that much, though I find it to be novel at least. 'The Yellow Pages', the part of 'Telephone Book' that existed on its own originally, is probably one of Torke's most well known chamber works and it is very charming.
Another reviewer commented on the (perceived) superficiality of emotion in this music... It is true that Michael's music tends toward the blatantly positive/cheery side of things emotionally - I believe, however, that the emotions conveyed are genuine. Perhaps some of us are more able than others to embrace this kind of transparent, high-frequency positive energy. (Understandably so). I admit that there have been a few times when i popped a Torke CD in and found it to be completely obnoxious... (but I attribute those instances to temporary losses of sanity)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Torke's best works on one CD! 8 Mar. 2000
By "jaysee102" - Published on Amazon.com
This compilation really shows what Torke is capable of. His chamber music is generally excellent, and "Telephone Book" is intelligent, well-crafted, and well performed on the CD.
In my opinion, "Overnight Mail", with its jazz roots, really plays a supporting role to "Telephone Book". It makes for easier listening, especially in this performance.
The other works on the CD, while not in the same class as the title work and "Telephone Book", are by no means unbearable. All round, this CD is a gem, containing Torke's best chamber music, with great performances.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If you like Torke... 27 April 2001
By M. Carter - Published on Amazon.com
You'll love this CD.
On the other hand, if you don't like Torke (after all, with him it's mostly a love-hate thing) you won't like this CD. It's as simple as that.
It seems that people who slam this CD aren't really slamming the performance, they are slamming the composer.
If you don't like Minimalism (aka "broken record music), you won't like Torke, and therefore you won't like this CD.
But if you have an open mind about the music, and judge it for what it is, you'll find that this is a very accessible performance, and one worthy of immortalizing on compact disc.
And as a classical saxophone player, I found the recording of "July" a special treat... it's tough to find decent quartet recordings in mainstream stores!
When you've had enough Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington, listen to Torke 23 Mar. 2015
By Discophage - Published on Amazon.com
The music of Torke is dynamic, brilliant, upbeat, exciting, rhythmic, syncopated, bouncy, repetitive sometimes like dance music ("Overnight Mail"), sometimes through processes similar to those of minimalism ("Telephone Book", "July", "Flint"), and always entertaining. But here, in these works composed between 1995 and 1997, it also goes, significantly more than his earlier works collated on the two previous Argo CDs devoted to him in the early 1990s (Michael Torke's Color Music, Chamber Works) in the direction of "pretty" but inconsequential lounge music (the slow movements especially), big band jazz, sometimes souding like no more than a minimalist version of the fluffliest music of Poulenc (Finale of "Telephone Book"), "easy-listening" music-for-entertainment-only, consumption music. By the way, in case you wondered, the titles of Torke's works have no particular meaning or relation with the content of the pieces: by his own admission, he composes abstract music, then finds the titles, to make the pieces more appealing to the public - sorry, that's an interpretation: "to help bring it into the world and make it real" in his own words.

The likening of Torke to Brahms in the otherwise informative liner notes might have seemed a good idea, but ultimately it is rather embarrassing. Why not Bach, while they were at it ? Like, you know, that direct line that goes from Bach - Beethoven - Brahms - Wagner - Mahler - The Beatles - Torke - and me. No kidding: "what Brahms, Torke and the best of popular music share is instant memorability. What Brahms and Torke also share (which is only true of a very small percentage of popular music) are layers of structural logic that support the memorable tunes which make repeated listenings a constant adventure of discovery... ".

No, this is not Brahms, this is entertaining like a good jazz band. When you've had enough Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington, listen to Torke.

And, Michael, in a hundred years from now, we can convene and discuss the jugements of posterity on the basis of the four major symphonies that you will no doubt some day compose, four concertos, major chamber and piano music, and not just on the basis of your entertaining but rather fluffy "Hungarian Dances"... Best wishes.

TT 67:12.
One of Torke's best works 30 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
"Overnight Mail" is an accessible and well-crafted work. While it is simple enough to be enjoyed on first listening, its form and development are complex enough to stand up to repeated listenings. The unique ensemble of Orkest de Volharding provides the perfect sound for this piece. While I do find some of Torke's music to be rather bland, "Overnight Mail" is a piece I can reccommend without hesitation.
"Telephone Book", "July", and "Flint" are also interesting in their own right, but "Overnight Mail" is the real star of this collection.
"Change of Address" is the only thing that prevents me from giving this CD a 5-star rating. Unlike the other works on this CD, it is generally lackluster and uninteresting.
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