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The Amadeus Project Double CD

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  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Global Mix
  • ASIN: B000W6QIRQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Trumpeter and composer Guy Barker presents two specially commissioned works for jazz orchestra celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth: 'dzf' a revamped and modernised version of The Magic Flute, Mozart's final opera (Die Zauberflöte), and The Amadeus Suite, a set of pieces inspired by characters from Mozart's operas. Best selling thriller writer Robert Ryan wrote the intriguing script for 'dzf', which is read to great effect by actor Michael Brandon of Dempsey & Makepeace and Jerry Springer The Opera fame.

"The magic is certainly present in Barker's magnificent composition, and this is just the beginning for dZF". Sholto Byrnes, The Independent.

Global Mix's second release is 'The Amadeus Project' - a double CD of Guy Barker's dZf (Die Zauberflote - The Magic Flute) and The Amadeus Suite.

In 2006 Guy Barker was asked to compose original music for BBC Radio 3 and the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, California to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth.

dZf (Die Zauberflote - The Magic Flute), commissioned for BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line Up, is a 75-minute suite written for the 14-piece Jazz Orchestra and narrator, Michael Brandon (Dempsey and Makepeace, Jerry Springer The Opera). It tells a revamped and modernised version of the story of The Magic Flute, Mozart's final opera (Die Zauberflote). Barker invited thriller writer Robert Ryan, to take the original story and transform it into a dark, "Jazz Noir" tale. The music reflects the script Ryan produced and intertwines with the narration.

'The Amadeus Suite' is a set of pieces inspired by characters from Mozart's operas. The music was originally written for a 9-piece US band that included pianist/composer Roger Kellaway and alto sax player Rosario Giuliani. For the UK tour, Barker has extended and rearranged the music to suit the Jazz Orchestra. The San Diego press described the music as "witty, wacky, sexy, swinging and thoroughly enjoyable".

The 2 CDs are presented in an 8-page digi-pack with a 20-page booklet including the full story of `dZf' written by Robert Ryan.

Personnel:

Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra:
Michael Brandon - (Narrator), Guy Barker, Nathan Bray, Tom Rees Roberts, Byron Wallen - (Trumpets), Barnaby Dickinson, Alistair White - (Trombones), Mark Frost - (Bass Trombone), Rosario Giuliani - (Alto Sax), Graeme Blevin - (Tenor Sax), Per "Texas" Johansson - (Tenor Sax/Contra Bass Clarinet), Phil Todd - (Baritone Sax, Tubax), Jim Watson - Piano/Hammond), Phil Donkin - (Bass), Ralph Salmins - (Drums)

BBC Review

Would it be fair to say that British jazz trumpeter and composer Guy Barker has an obsession with Mozart? Certainly Mozart is the inspiration for Barker's original compositions on this heavy weight double CD. But there's nothing dark or compulsive about this music. Mozart is a good starting point, as this music is witty, fluid, multi-coloured and with a light, deft touch.

There are two big suites here. The first CD "dZf" is loosely inspired by The Magic Flute, transposed to a fifties jazz noir setting and featuring a short story written by Robert Ryan and narrated Michael Brandon. You can't fault the quality of Barker's writing or the band's playing. But the story itself, featuring an archetypal doomed trumpet player, is a little hackneyed. It also contains one awkward moment, at the end of "Power Trip" when the band switch into a double time latin groove and can't quite get it. But there are some great moments in particular "Ghost Dance" featuring some wonderfully gruff saxophones.

The second CD "The Amadeus Suite" is even better: Sound pictures inspired by various characters in Mozart's work with no narrator getting in the way. Here the range of Barker's writing is even more adventurous, for example the gritty discordant fanfares at the start of "Serpent's Teeth". The band have great fun on the muted brass growling of "Les Trois Dames". The start of "Pamina's Portrait" is beguiling and original and the rest is just plain lovely.

This is British jazz with all its virtues and a few of its faults. It's big, brassy and confident. If you like flutes and Hammond organs you've got 'em. If you like clarinets and trombones you'll find them too. While it's slightly rough round the edges in a couple of places, you can't fault its ambition, creativity or sheer rumbustiousness.

Barker's own playing throughout is unflagging, technically impeccable and shows a mastery of all styles and tones. All in all, it's impressive. --Nick Reynolds

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