Amazing Sliding Circus 2017-12-06T08:06:43+00:00

Roll up. Roll up.
MG Music presents…

Matthew Gee’s

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
MG Music

Track Listing

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
Serenata

Scherzino
Tarantella
Toccata
Gavotta con due variazioni
Vivo
Minuetto-Finale

INTERVAL

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
Intermezzo
Vesti la giubba

FINALE – COULROBONIA

The Triumphal Coulrobonia Simon Vincent

Sleeve Notes

New Commissions

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.