JOHN ALDEN CARPENTER (1876-1951): Carmel Concerto, Patterns for Piano and Orchestra (both World Premiere Recordings), Krazy Kat: A Jazz Pantomime, Concertino for Piano and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 09R004
Label: Dutton Epoch
Reference: CDLX 7321
Description: The jazz-aware Krazy Kat (1921) and the Concertino (1915, rev. 1947), a very attractive piece of concerto length and jazz, Cuban and South American rhythms, have been recorded before (nice to have the latter to update the old analogue CRI recording) but the other two are new. Patterns (1932) is a four-movement work of some 18 minutes which employs Romantic melodies and, eventually, Latin rhythms in the service of abstract rhythmic ideas with a quite difficult piano part. Carmel Concerto (1948) was Carpenter’s final orchestral work, whose 14 minutes celebrate the beautiful California town in conservative and colorful style with parts that are positively Coplandesque. Michael Chertock (piano), BBC Concert Orchestra; Keith Lockhart.