Songs For The Orchestra

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Label: Animal Music
Catalog: ANI093-2
Format: COMPACT DISC

SYKORA FAREK LISKA VICHA BALCAROVA PRAGUE RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Songs for Orchestra is a new album and the most extensive music project to date by jazz pianist and composer Tomáš Sýkora. It features a live recording of a concert performance in honor of Karel Ružicka’s memory. Sýkora assembled the programme as a curator of the “New Horizons” concert series by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra which merges jazz and classical music in unique concert projects, just as is the case of the present album. Sýkora has been joined by three other jazz soloists on the recording – saxophonist David Fárek, double bassist Tomáš Liška and drummer Roman Vícha – and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra which performs under the baton of Štepánka Balcarová who is best-known as the artistic director of the Concept Art Orchestra big band. Sýkora was Ružicka’s student of many years, but also a close friend and an arranger of his compositions. The album comprises Ružicka’s famous piece Lovebird, originally composed for a chamber ensemble and jazz quartet, which Sýkora scaled up with woodwinds and tympani. This is followed by Sýkora’s own suite, Hidden Songs, consisting of five movements in contrasting tempos, in which classical music alternates with jazz and improvised passages by the soloists and still manages to evoke various song forms. The album is concluded by arrangements of a selection of compositions from the latest album by Karel Ružicka junior, Grace and Gratitude, which are combined into a single whole and culminate in one grand finale.

Price: $30.98