JOHN RODBY (b.1944): Symphony No. 2, Music for a Cinema Noir Sequence, 8 Rilkegesangen for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 05O082
Reference: CRC 3237
Description: Rodby's career has largely been in music for film, television and popular entertainers, and in common with a number of well-known names in these fields who have also written concert music, his 'classical' compositions reflect a tougher, thornier side of his musical personality. The substantial - almost 40-minute - Second Symphony incorporates a variety of idioms from major trends of the 20th century; harmonies, textures and whirling energy that recall the Turangalîla Symphony, elements of Bartók, jazz, and orchestral textures and aleatoric passages reminiscent of Lutoslawski. The piece consists of variants of motifs presented n the first movement, which is lively and energetic; the second is a lyrical, harmonically astringent slow movement; the third a vigorous scherzo alternating robust fanfares and jazz, while the allegro finale recapitulates earlier material, the 'popular' element here being an ironic-sounding tango. The Rilke Songs are more consistent in style, a highly chromatic, 2nd Viennese derived æsthetic appropriate to the character of the poems and the time when they were written. The Cinema Noir Sequence is a suite of cues for an imaginary film, a skillful pastiche of the intrusion of 'serious' styles of music into genre film of the 50s - think of Herrmann or Frankel in this context. German-English texts. Terezia Kruzliaková (mezzo), Slovak National Symphony Orchestra; Kirk Trevor.