- Performer: Iain Farrington
- Conductor: Iain Farrington
- Composer: Iain Farrington
- Audio CD (16 November 2010)
- Language: English, English
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Seven Cedars Music
- ASIN: B003VACRWA
- Other Editions: Audio CD
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An exciting collection of piano music composed and performed by Iain Farrington. Includes the riotous Fiesta!, the humourous Animal Parade and the intimate Night Journey. The four piano works featured are of varying and disparate angles: jazzy, political, pictorial and private. It is music that aims to encompass many contrasting elements, from techncial virtuosity to calm simplicity, from tunefully melodic to harshly dissonant, from lightweight fun to melancholic seriousness.
About the Artist
Iain Farrington has an exceptionally busy and diverse career as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at St John s College, Cambridge University. As a composer, Iain has written chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral works. He was a featured artist in Musical Opinion, described as 'a musician of exceptional promise and accomplishment...the melodic and harmonic aspects of his music, allied to a genuine creative character, combine to produce an output that is both modern and attractive.' Among notable successes include his organ suite Fiesta! performed in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, France, Germany, and across Europe and the UK, with several recordings available. Iain has arranged and performed over one hundred diverse works, from Mozart to Gershwin. He is Arranger-in-Residence for the Aurora Orchestra. His solo piano arrangement of Elgar/Payne Symphony No.3 is published by Boosey and Hawkes, and his transcription of Elgar's Five Piano Improvisations was recently published by Novello. His chamber orchestral version of Dvorak's Rusalka has been performed across the UK and the USA. Iain has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, the Royal Opera House, and in Japan, South Africa, Jordan and all across Europe. He works with many of the country's leading singers and conductors, including Bryn Terfel, Lesley Garrett, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Colin Davis. He gives frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio Three and has recorded numerous CD s as accompanist and soloist. He regularly gives solo piano recitals all across the UK, with his repertoire embracing contemporary, British and light music, and his own Farrington Ensemble has performed in festivals across the UK.
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The same orchestra features in Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture”, but with Barry Wordsworth, their principal conductor at the time, on the podium for this Prom on August 20, 2002. This is again a good performance, if again also not necessarily displacing other commercial recordings. Likewise, the overture is a bit long for its material, in keeping with the other orchestral works.
Perhaps the single best selectino on the album is the smallest and shortest scale piece, the “Nocturna” of Julian Plaza, in an arrangement for small ensemble (bandoneon, violin, double bass, and piano) by Alejandro Zarate. In spite of the name, the “Nocturna” is actually quite an energetic work, and gets a rousing audience reaction accordingly. Taken also from that September 7, 2002 Prom, it receives a spirited performance from guest bandoneonist Horacio Romo, as well as violinist Cynthia Fleming, double bassist Christopher Westcott, and pianist John Ailey.
In short, this album is good, clean fun, fine for listening in the car or at home, and for those with an interest in Latin American- or Spanish-themed music. For that, I'll give it the verbal extra half-star.