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MG Music presents…
Amazing Sliding Circus
The trombone’s ability to raucously glissando has naturally drawn composers to focus on the instrument’s comic potential – its undeniable clownishness. Embracing this established stereotype and exploring the complex emotions embodied within the clown identity – the ‘tragic clown’, smiling on the outside whilst crying within – this concept album brings together works by established masters, new commissions and arrangements which all celebrate the instruments vast range of colours, nuance and beauty, whilst letting its buffoonish stereotype shine through. So sit back, relax and let the circus begin.
UK Release Date: 23/02/18
OVERTURE & INTRODUCTION
A Most Grand and Marvellous Spectacle – Simon Vincent
The Melody Shop – Karl King arranged by Matthew Knight
ACT I – PULCINELLA
Pulcinella – Igor Stravinsky arr. Daniel-Ben Pienaar
Sinfonia – Ouverture
Gavotta con due variazioni
Mrs. Nisbett’s Particular Lament – Simon Vincent
ACT II – GROCK, DESIRÉE & FISCHIETTO
Sequenza V – Luciano Berio
Send in the Clowns – Stephen Sondheim arranged by Matthew Knight
Fischietto è morto – composed and conducted by Gary Carpenter
ACT III – KEELEY & CANIO
Circus Games – composed and conducted by Rob Keeley
Pagliacci – Ruggero Leoncavallo arranged and conducted by Matthew Knight
Vesti la giubba
FINALE – COULROBONIA
The Triumphal Coulrobonia Simon Vincent
Commissioning and recording new works takes a huge amount of time, money and support. Assistance from the Britten-Piers Foundation, the Ralph Vaughn Williams Trust, the Gemma Classical Music Trust, the Royal Academy of Music (London) and the Getzen company has enabled the trombone to enrich its repertoire, and I hope players and audiences alike will benefit from the sheer brilliance and imagination of these fantastic composers.