ADAM GORB (b.1958): Yiddish Dances, JOHN MAYER (1930-2004): Sangit Alamkara Suite, COLIN MCPHEE (1900-1964): Balinese Ceremonial Music, JOSEPH ACHRON (1886-1943): Hebrew Melody (arr. Leopold Auer [1845-1930], arr. Anthony Goldstone [b.1944]), CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921): Caprice arabe, Op. 96, GUSTAV HOLST (1874-1934): Beni Mora, Op. 29/1 (arr. Nora Day [1891-1985]), ALEXANDER BORODIN (1833-1887): In the Steppes of Central Asia, REINHOLD GLIERE (1875-1956): Orientale, Op. 38/17.
Catalogue Number: 01I074
Label: Divine Art
Description: The best sort of multiple-composer album is one with a compelling concept - simple but compelling, like this one of music inspired by the East (here, meaning from Palestine to Bali). The longest groups are the two unknowns - Gorb's and Mayer's. Gorb's dances are self-explanatory; Mayer's 1988 suite does for Indian music what McPhee's did for Indonesian gamelan, using both piano preparations and playing inside the piano. One might add that Holst's last of three dances which make up Beni Mora has never sounded so repetitively minimalist as it does in this two-piano arrangement, calling to mind the nearly contemporary Bolero. Goldstone & Clemmow (piano duet and two pianos).